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Guest Post Exchange With Katrin: What We Miss in Germany and the United States

I’d like to welcome back Katrin from Land of Candy Canes for another guest post exchange. Katrin is originally from Germany and currently lives in Ohio. Last time, she told us about the things she enjoys about living in Ohio and the United Statess. Today, she’ll tell us about the German things she misses. If you’re interested in knowing some of the things I miss about America, you can check out my post here.

Hello Amanda’s readers! My name is Katrin and I blog over here. I already had the honor to talk about the things I love about my German life in America here and I am so happy to be back to tell you about the German things I miss. I moved from Germany to the United States because my husband is American. It is such an adventure and I enjoy every second that I can spend with him. It was an easy decision to leave my home country for the person I love but there are surely things that I miss from time to time. Thank you, Amanda. It is such a pleasure to be here! Thank you for being a great friend!

German things I miss

Friends and family

I love my American family! They are very warm and awesome people and they made it so easy for me to fit in. But sure, I miss my German family and my friends. Thank God Skype exists. That makes it a lot easier to stay in touch.

Beer

I love my German beer and I am glad that I can find some of it in America. Let’s be honest, American beer just can’t compete with the German beer. Every German will tell you it’s the best in the world. It’s true.

Katrin and her husband in Saarland

Europe

I love the fact that in Germany you drive a couple of hours and you are in a completely different country. I come from Saarland which is in the south-west of Germany so I only have to drive 15 minutes and I can get cheap gas and coffee in Luxemburg. Or I drive to France to get some awesome baked goods in a boulangerie. Paris isn’t very far so you can go on a weekend trip. Maybe you want to go skiing in Switzerland? Or go and look at windmills in the Netherlands. I bought my iPhone in Belgium because it was cheaper there. You have so many options to travel easily to other countries.

Bread

I am not really a fan of the soft bread that you can get in America. The German bread has a crispy crust, smells like heaven and has lots of grains in it. Taste it and you’ll love it. I promise. Another food related fact: My husband who is a meat-eater (I am not) loves German Bratwurst. He says he never had a better Bratwurst than the one he tried in Germany.

Restaurants

I have to say that I always feel a little rushed in American restaurants. It feels like people only come to eat. I think in Germany it is more about the whole experience. You go to a restaurant to have a good time with your friends or family. You can spend several hours there without feeling rushed. In America I feel like they just want you to leave as soon as possible to have the table free for other customers. Sometimes they bring you the check when you still eat. That makes me feel rushed. In Germany I love to order a coffee after I finished eating and sit down and talk for a while. It feels more relaxed than every experience I had in American restaurants.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this guest post. If so, be sure to check out Katrin’s blog Land of Candy Canes. Thanks for sharing, Katrin!

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6 Thoughts on “Guest Post Exchange With Katrin: What We Miss in Germany and the United States

  1. Again, I enjoyed both your posts! It really does sound very cool to live in a country right in the middle of lots of other European countries! A friend from Belgium told me the same thing. Not quite the case up in Norway! And I do miss the bread in Norway too. I believe it’s quite similar to German bread in certain ways and Spain is all about the baguette. Miss grainy dark bread!

    • Thanks. It is pretty cool. I can’t wait to take advantage of it. I do enjoy the bread in Germany also. In the States I would probably feel like I was settling for just getting a sandwich when we’re out, but in Germany it’s actually really enjoyable to pop into somewhere to get one, mostly due to the bread.

  2. I know the restaurant experience… It’s all about the tip!

    I really gotta get my guest post going on… *gulp*

    • Yeah I think that does make a difference in how waiters and waitresses act. In Germany, they get paid a living wage and tips are a bonus; in America, they get paid about $2/hr and need tips to live on.

      Whenever you’re ready 😉

  3. Being so far away from family and friends and missing them so much really makes it difficult to enjoy the experience of being away, I can totally understand that. I love the short distances between the countries in Europe too…and the bread definitely is the best! 🙂
    I was so happy I could eat in American restaurants (in Germany they don’t care much about food intolerances whereas they do in the States, so I’m not going out to eat in German restaurants) that I didn’t notice so much that they were maybe rushing us 😉 But I sure love it too that you can stay in a German restaurant for hours after you finished eating.
    Love both of your posts!
    Ich wünsche Euch einen schönen Tag, Ihr zwei Lieben 🙂

    • Ah I didn’t know that German restaurants don’t worry about food intolerance. That’s good American restaurants do though, except that you don’t often get to enjoy it. Danke. Ich auch wünsche Dir eine schönen Tag.

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