Doctor in Germany

Living in Germany

As if actually physically moving to a new country wasn’t hard enough, then proceeding to create a whole new life for yourself there can be overwhelming too. I’m still adjusting to living in Germany, but maybe my experiences can help you avoid some of my mistakes. Maybe this site can help you to take advantage of the right moves I’ve made along the way.

Living in Germany

Olympiapark in Munich is an iconic location of the city, it was built in 1972 when the city hosted the Olympics.

It’s probably important to note my perspective before I continue on about life here. I worked for two years in Chicago, commuting by Metra out of the city to the office in the suburbs most days. After leaving my job, I traveled both the US and Europe during the summer of 2015. After which, I settled down into life as a Master’s student, a life decidedly different from the one I was living in Chicago. As a result, some of my experiences probably relate to readjusting to the student lifestyle in addition to adjusting to a new country.

Moving to Germany from the United States isn’t the biggest of changes out there, but as with any major change – it isn’t without its difficulties!  I’ve encountered a few major differences such as language, food, and transport, in addition to a lot of little differences that really accentuate the unique aspects of the culture here. Some of these adjustments are easy and don’t take much time to become a habit. However, other adjustments can present a challenge. Getting used to the different traffic regulations here can be frustrating at best and downright dangerous at worst. To help you out, I will curate my posts about living in Germany here. If you can’t find what you need, I suggest searching on the ToyTown Germany forums.

Marinated Chicken, salad, and veggies

Marinated Chicken: Honey-Jalapeño with Panko

Just made this absolutely lip-smackingly delicious meal last night. Back in the States, many of my favorite dishes included some sort of marinated chicken or beef (…or any meat) …

Rouladen plated

Rouladen: A German Classic

Rouladen is a classic German dish made by rolling up lean beef cuts up with a variety of ingredients inside. The Rouladen I made included: mustard, bacon, onions, and …

Running in Germany

Why I’m Running More in Germany

When I lived back in Chicago, I ran occasionally to keep up my health and fitness. My average run was about three or four miles, and I probably got …

Skiing at Zugspitze

Skiing at Zugspitze

It’s a shame it has taken me so long to get this post out – but I suppose that it may be for the better, so you can plan …

Moving to Munich

Thinking of Moving to Munich?

So many people back in the States, and here in Germany too, have asked me the same question: “So why Munich?”. To answer this question, I will start at …


How to Find American Ingredients in Munich

I like to cook. If you’ve been paying attention or look at my archives, you’ll see evidence of that fact. A significant portion of the posts I’ve made thus …

American Stereotypes Abroad

American Stereotypes Abroad [Discussion]

Warning: This post is about American stereotypes abroad. As such, vast amounts of over-generalization are ahead! Please, know that I don’t believe that all Germans or all peoples believe in …


“How to (Legally) Stay in Europe for More than 90 Days” – Nomadic Matt

Sometimes, when I stumble across a new blog or website, I’m amazed at how I never found it before. Nomadic Matt is one of those places. This is one …

Life as a Master's Student in Germany

Master’s Student Life in Germany: Class and Exams

It is worth noting that in this post I portray student life in Germany from a master’s student perspective. My point of view is based on my personal experiences …

voting from abroad

Voting from Abroad

Voting wasn’t at the top of my list of things to research before moving to Germany. Despite being somewhat of a political junkie personally, there were too many other …


Ceiling Lights, Internet Cables, and Ranch Dressing

I’ve touched on the topic of adjustments you have to make when moving to and living in Germany before. Some of these adjustments are completely predictable, like the language barrier. …


Munich’s Oktoberfest

Oh boy. The big shindig. Munich’s Oktoberfest. It’s full of traditional beer, traditional clothing, and traditional food. In addition to all this, it probably serves as the international image …

Thanksgiving in Germany

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Germany

First of all, no, “Thanksgiving” in its traditional US context does not exist in Germany. I’m sure most of you know that’s a uniquely North American tradition. On top …

Winter in Munich

Winter in Munich: What’s there to do?

It’s winter in Munich. We’ve had our first couple of snows, several overcast and cold days, and some of those brisk, bright, and clear winter days. Plus, the Christmas …

Moving to Germany

3 Mistakes I Made Moving to Germany

Moving to Germany has been one of the best decisions of my life. It’s about 15 months since I first landed in Munich after that one-way flight from Chicago. …

Study in Germany

Study in Germany: Applying to Master’s Programs

I’ve been meaning to write something like this for some time. I was finally spurred into writing about applying to study in Germany by being connected with someone currently …

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Master's Programs in Germany

How to Find Master’s Programs in Germany

Before you can head to Germany for your master’s, you have to apply; but before you apply, you have to find a program to apply to. In this post, …

Going Home

Going Home (for the Holidays)

Alright, it’s time for a reflective holiday-related post, especially given the circumstances. At this moment, I’m sitting at an airport restaurant/bar in Copenhagen, going home for the holidays. I’ll …


Pfand and Recycling Bottles in Germany

Germans love to recycle. Well, I’m not really sure if they love it, or if they just do it because they should. Either way, Germany consistently has one of the …

Doctor in Germany

How to Find and Visit the Doctor in Germany

Recently, I had the pleasure of having to use my health insurance for the first time. I’d had a cold that was just not going away, so I needed …

Other Americans Abroad

Encountering Other Americans Abroad

Even after traveling internationally just once, you will probably begin to notice how you, or other Americans abroad, might stick out like a sore thumb. Actually, I’m sure travelers …

Student Visa in Germany

How to Get a Student Visa in Germany

So you’ve been admitted to a degree program in Germany, and now you’re starting to think about the next steps. The first thing you’ll need to tackle is getting your …

Visas in Germany

Visas in Germany

The first thing you’ll need to tackle when trying to move to another country is your visa. Visas are essentially a pass to enter and/or stay in other countries. You …

Ambassadors for Our Homes

We’re All Ambassadors for Our Homes

Normally, we don’t think of traveling abroad as a way of representing our home internationally. Still, this is very much the case. Whether you like it or not, when you’re abroad, …

The Settlement Curve, much like an alpine hike, has it's ups and downs.

The Settlement Curve and Adjusting to Life Abroad

Living abroad can play with your emotions. For a time you’ll feel excited, meeting new people and exploring your new home. But after a while, some expats become overcome …