Wednesday, March 21, 2012

You Win This Time, Germany….You Win.


Living in Europe is awesome. I feel incredibly blessed and fortunate to be able to have this experience so early in my life – and just after getting married, too! Sometimes I feel like we’re just on some sort of extended honeymoon and I have to wonder when “real life” is gonna come and rear it’s ugly head. That doesn’t mean living here is completely without it’s cons – it’s not. I miss a lot of things about my American life – the food, in particular, but also the low gas prices (yes, I will never complain about the price of American gas until it is equal to its $10/gallon European counterpart) the cheaper clothes, TV and movies in English, the list goes on.

However, I know the minute I’m back in America I’m going to miss certain things about Germany, too. Here’s a “Pinteresting” list letting you all know my favorite things about this little country:
Jager schnitzel, mushrooms, bacon, and fresh herbed spatzle = German food heaven. Mmm.
SCHNITZEL. The above picture is Jaeger Schnitzel, served with mushrooms and a side of “spatzle” or cheesy pasta. My favorite German dish by far. I’m obsessed. I will also say that Frankfurt has a restaurant entitled “Das Schnitzelhaus” in which you can order over 30 different variations of schnitzel and it’s delivered right to your door. Oh, I will so miss that.
Luneburger Bakery, Sydney Australia. A German bakery in Australia....the best of both worlds :)
BREAD. Germans know how to bake. Bread, rolls and pastries are always fresh and always good. In Frankfurt it’s difficult to be in a spot without a bakery in your line of vision – and the culture about bakeries is different here; people will go to a tiny bakery several times a week to get bread, rolls, etc; for their family as opposed to just picking up everything at the grocery store. I LOVE walking into a Wiener Feinbacker (popular German bakery here) and enjoying a Laugen Croissant and Heisse Schockolade.
Heidelberg, Germany: Absolutely Gorgeous.
HISTORY! The above picture is Heidelberg, a beautiful city in Baden-Wuertenburg where I spent five weeks in 2010. If there is one thing I will miss about Germany above anything else, it is how old everything is. The drugstore down the street could, quite literally, be older than America. I love the architecture, the narrow streets, the cobblestones.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany
CASTLES! Well. I think the photo above speaks for itself.
Runners up for my “I love Germany” list are:
Bratwurst
Christmas Markets
Kinderpunsch (At Christmas Markets)
Nature/Wildlife
and, of course,
dancing men in lederhosen.
I love the country I live in. I love it so much.
But don’t worry America, don’t feel neglected – something tells me I have a lot to write about you, too!

16 comments:

Maria said...

You make Germany sound so enticing! I cannot wait to travel/study/live abroad one day!

Nikki @ The Ginger Diaries said...

Isn't it awful how every movie gets dubbed in Germany? I hate that when I visit, haha. Last time in Koblenz Star Wars Episode 2 was on and I really wanted to see it... Why not use subtitles? whyyyy? And yes, our gas is expensive and I can buy twice as many clothes in America with the same budget. And that's excactly what I'll do when I ever get there!

I'm not a big fan of the German Snitzels though, they are often too dry. But the little historic towns are beautiful! And how rich were the Germans back in the middleages? The Mossel valley was covered in ruins and castles! CAHRAHZAY!

xx

Mo (New on U) said...

I've been to "Das Schnitzelhaus”! My ex-boyfriend and his family were from Frankfurt, and I was one of the first places we went when visiting his parents. It was SO hard to choose!

Lauren said...

Great post lady! I just finished writing a post outlining our honeymoon to Germany (and London)and then I found yours!! You're making me super excited to go. We're actually spending the majority of our time in Heidelberg so it's funny you mentioned it :) And I will definitely be sampling as much "cheesy pasta" and German baked goods as possible!
Lauren

Alyx said...

Haha, love the new design. I think you change designs more than a drag queen changes clothes!

...okay, not really, but I wanted to come up with a funny comparison.

Mel said...

I'm so glad you wrote about the bread! I don't think any amarican can say they have ever eaten a real bread when they haven't had a german dark reaaal bread before. It's one thing I'm extremely proud of :)

I follow your blog since a while now but I've never left a comment. I grew up in Würzburg and live in Dortmund at the moment. I really enjoy your blog and I was pretty excited when I saw the pictures of the Residenz a couple of posts back :-D

Love the new design :)

Elizabeth and Kyle @ Love Is the Adventure said...

I agree with ALL of these. I lived just outside Heidelberg for a few years (in a town called St. Leon) and I used to visit Heidelberg Castle all the time - it was my favorite.

If I was going to add something it would be Schneeballen from Rothenburg...I love that city so much.

Megan said...

loving your new design :)

i went to heidelberg castle as a child :) dreadful. i was 5. all i know is i lost my bouncy ball from it b/c i dropped it off the ledge and cried the rest of the day. 5 year olds visiting castles should never happen. i havent been back to heidelberg but every photo i have makes me desire to visit b/c its GORGEOUS. gorgeous beyond words!!!

after we moved to the US from germany my mom brought schnitzel recipes which i am super thankful for. her schnitzel was AMAZING and had such intense flavor like none other :) every year on my birthday i would request it be my birthday dinner!

some things i miss from germany from when i lived there are: the chocolate, bread (esp. sandwiches on freshly baked kaiser rolls), proximity to all things europe, history, ice cream (a local shop in mainz had this lemon sherbert that was out of this world), volksmarsch, sooo many things :) it is a wonderful country!!!!

Ketrin Jones said...

I absolutely LOVE germany. My mom's side of the family is Wendish.. it was a section in east Germany. They never had a country of their own, but had two different languages. It is more czech than german.. some say it sounds russian. Anyway I've been three times. We stayed in a castle a couple days. I absolutely love germany. these pictures make me want to go back so bad! Enjoy your time there :)

Jenna said...

Ooh I love this list! In South Africa they also have schnitzels and I basically died when I tried them for the first time, they are so dang good!

In South Africa, however, we do not have castles... major points for Germany on that one! :)

xxx
Jenna

eef said...

German bread---omg I miss it so much! It's SO GOOD.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot said...

You make me excited to be moving to Germany so soon! I am taking in everything american as much as I can before it all goes away lol. But I am excited for the new experiences!

L!$@ said...

Loving your new blog design! It's gorgeous. Oh I can't wait to explore Germany one day.

kimberly rae said...

Yay castles! I was in germany for a couple days in August (part of a bigger trip through europe!) and I absolutely loved the castles! the food ... hmm yeah that's another story! lol, picky eater alert!

also, i loove your blog design!! usually i read on google reader but today i visited and it's so pretty!! :)

hope you're having a great day!

Alex Butts said...

My favorite meal is Maultaschen but käsespaetzle takes a close second. So many good, terrible for me foods here, blah. Also, have you had Abendbrot, obsessed. I could prob go on for days about food here, which is sad since I love the food in the US so much better.

Catherine said...

Ahhh! The castle looks amazing!

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