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Guest Post Exchange with Katrin: What We Love in the United States and Germany

I’d like to introduce you to Katrin from Land of Candy Canes, my first ever guest poster on Overseas Adventures. Katrin is a German who currently lives in Ohio. I am originally from Ohio and currently live in Germany. So, I thought it would be fun to do an exchange on what we love about where we live now and miss about where we moved from. When I suggested it to her, she said she’d thought about it as well, so we did it. You can read what Katrin loves in the United States below. You can read what I love in Germany here. We’ll be back soon with what we miss from Germany and the United States.

Hallo Amanda’s readers. I am Katrin and it is such an honor that Amanda allowed me to do a guest post on her wonderful blog! I am a big fan of her and we immediately had a great connection because she lives in my home country and I live in hers. I even live in her home state Ohio. And she is such a sweetheart. Thank you so much, Amanda! Today I want to tell you a little bit about the things I enjoy about the life in Ohio.

What I love about Ohio and the United States

Free refills

When I first visited America I couldn’t believe that you get as much water you want. For free. How cool is that? In Germany you have to pay a lot of money for your drinks and when you are really thirsty you can end up paying a lot more for your drinks than you pay for your food. There is just one little thing I never forget: to order my drinks without ice. It seems like everybody else is obsessed with ice but I just don’t like it. I feel like it ruins the taste of my drink. Drink-wise America is perfect for me because I usually drink a lot. And I enjoy it even more when it’s for free or when I only have to pay once. Way to go America!

Being with my husband

The best thing about America!

Friendliness

Americans are always so friendly, open and helpful. Don’t get me wrong, Germans can be like that too but they can also be a little grumpy from time to time. It really depends, you have to be lucky. Here in America people always greet you with a smile, they never get impatient and always offer their help. And when you wait in line in the post office they start a conversation with you. Don’t get me started about German post offices. Not the nicest place to be….

Road trips

Last summer my husband David and I went on a road trip from Ohio to Colorado and Utah and the nature was so breath-taking. America is so huge and there is so much to see. I can’t wait to experience a lot more things in my new country. You don’t see a landscape like that in Germany so it is very thrilling for me to explore all the new places America has to offer.

Variety

You can have everything you want in just one country. Big exciting cities and the most beautiful nature. Mountains, beaches, desert, lakes. People from every single country in the world. I have even met a German woman on a farm who immigrated from Germany 46 years ago. And she still has a Bavarian accent. The country is so huge, everything in Germany seems to be so small compared to America. I feel like I will never be able to see all the places I want in America.

Fireflies

There are so many fireflies in America! I can’t believe it. You see them in Germany too but you have to be lucky and close to a lake. But they are everywhere in America and I just can’t get enough of them. I often stand in our backyard watching the fireflies and I am fascinated.

Midnight shopping

I love the fact that if I have the idea to bake a cake at midnight and need flour I can just go to a store and get it. In Germany I would have to wake up my neighbors and ask them for flour or search for a gas station and hope they sell it there. In Germany most stores close at 8 p.m.  The smaller stores even earlier than that. And they are closed on Sundays.

TV shows

On German TV they always show the dubbed version of the American TV shows. And that’s horrible. I don’t know why but sometimes they screw up the jokes and the voices never really fit. So you can either live with that or wait for the DVD to come out and watch the original version.

If you want to read more about my German-American life please come over and visit me at my blog Land of Candy Canes. It was nice to meet you guys! Auf Wiedersehen!

Thank you so much, Amanda for giving me this opportunity! I’m honored! You are such a sweetie and I am glad we are friends! Tschüβ!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this guest post. Be sure to check out Katrin’s blog Land of Candy Canes, and come back for our next exchange where Katrin will share what she misses about Germany here and I will share what I miss about America on her blog. Thanks for sharing your perspective, Katrin. I’m glad we’re friends also and glad you wanted to participate. Bis später!

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15 Thoughts on “Guest Post Exchange with Katrin: What We Love in the United States and Germany

  1. So glad I found your blog!! I saw the link on Katrin´s blog and you guys ROCK! What an awesome idea!

    I´m following your blog via bloglovin now. But now I´ll start reading your older posts to catch up!

    Smooches from Fuerth/Bavaria
    Anni

  2. What a fun post idea! I love how positive she is about being in America. I’m from just next door, Indiana and not as bubbly about it as she is. We love Germany and I’m not sure I’ll be ready to leave in 3 years. I think really the trick is to find the good things about where ever you are, being in Germany sure makes it easy. hehe

    • Thanks. Yep, she is. Yeah, there are things to love about Ohio, but I am not as enthusiastic about Ohio as I am about Germany. I’m not sure I’ll be ready to leave when the time comes either. I agree on finding good things, and I believe that can be done most anywhere. I also agree being in Germany makes that easy to do (although I’m still amazed at the number of people I run into on post who hate it here and can’t wait to leave. Their loss I suppose.)

  3. Love Katrin’s blog – and I’m glad it lead me to yours. I’m an American living in Karlsruhe, so not too far away!

  4. That little land bridge is pretty cool.

  5. Hi there Amanda, I came over from Katrin’s blog. Fun to read both your posts and I am already looking forward to the next one. I love reading about opinions and thoughts through the eye of a foreigner (maybe cause I am a foreigner myself?) Happy weekend!

  6. I strongly agree with the Road Trip Point. I also find it fascinating to be able to go to the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyons and the Yosemites and still find myself in the same country. However, I believe American friendliness is overrated and can be shallow in parts. And New York post offices are not polite at all!!!

    • Yeah it it cool to be able to see many things in the same country (and sometimes even the same state). A lot of what is perceived as friendliness in America is just customer service, which some like but I can see where people would not because it’s not always genuine. I find it funny people in America perceive Germans as rude. I have mostly run into friendly people here, but it’s only the person who is really interested who will ask questions rather than, say, passing by and saying “How are you” to someone one doesn’t even care enough to stop to hear the answer about. I have run into my fair share of grumpy postal people also in America, although most were friendly enough. I have never been in German post office to compare though lol.

      • You can’t really compare German post offices because it is simply a different system. But of course New York is also an entire different citay and it’s known for a fair share of rudeness and harshness – unfortunately. You are right in the point that friendliness can be perceived as notgenuine. I didn’t even realize it was customer service but you got me thinking. Especially after being employed in a cs rep position, maybe I simply have to adjust my manners to the country I am currently living in… boooh!

        • Yeah. I have heard that of NYC. The funny thing is though that from what I hear of NYC, it sounds like people are similar here. People from other cities in America where people say hi to strangers on the street find that rude that people don’t do that or keep interactions short and to the point, but it’s just different priorities. In a way it is silly to say hello to every person you walk by (even sillier, I think, to say “how’s it going” as a greeting when one doesn’t expect or wait for an answer). At the same time, here, people will ask to sit at your table if there is room. That is something I don’t know of any city, “rude” or otherwise doing in America, but I find that to be a friendly custom (whereas it can come off as intrusive to Americans who might not expect that to happen). I see it as being considerate enough to make room for strangers so we don’t have the ridiculously long wait times one can find in American restaurants where two people can take up a whole table. On top of that, while some will prefer to keep to themselves, others will strike up a conversation that might not have otherwise been had if we weren’t sharing a table. Haha yes, if you are in customer service you will likely have to adjust.

  7. I’m glad Katrin linked to your blog!
    I think it’s soo interesting to see both countries through the eyes of someone who used to live somewhere else… all the little details. I’ve never been to the USA, but I’m learning so much about it from posts like these 🙂

    • Thanks 🙂 It is interesting to see the differences in countries. I think sometimes people from the outside appreciate things it wouldn’t occur to someone who has always lived in a place to appreciate. For example, it’s easy to take for granted being able to pop over to Walmart in the middle of the night or getting free water at the table and free refills on drinks, but if you come from a country that doesn’t have those things, or you move to a country that doesn’t have them, you are able to appreciate having them.

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