About Me

In 2009 this Midwestern girl decided that she’d had enough of Wisconsin winters and packed her bags for Europe. I landed in Prague and spent a month there learning how to teach English as a foreign language. I spent the next two and a half years in the Czech capital teaching, hanging out, and enjoying the expat life. After a while though, I thought I’d give a country that paid in Euros and used more vowels in their language a try, and relocated to Nuremberg, Germany. Here I found my happy place.

Hiking in the Allgäu, 2013

Hiking in the Allgäu, 2013

Since coming to Germany, a lot of things have changed. I’ve worked a little, and I’ve worked a lot. I’ve traveled more, and become an expert at navigating German trains even in the midst of strikes. I met a wonderful German gentleman (referred to as BV* on the blog), we shacked up, and even adopted a cat. Life here in ‘Schland isn’t always perfect, and there are just as many bureaucratic mountains as actual mountains to climb, but hey… there’s always a decent beer at the top.

In this blog you’ll find my experiences on teaching (occasionally), life in Germany, as well as posts on traveling, hiking, and my attempts at muddling through things in Denglish. Other things I enjoy include: reading, photography, cooking, yoga and Pilates (when I’m extremely motivated), and losing my mind at the sight of any furry creatures.

You can also find me here…

BlogExpat.com Interview: November 2012

Expat-Blog.com Blog of the Month: September 2011

or just look for my episode of House Hunters International, because that happened.

If there’s anything else you’d like to know, or something you’d like me to write about, feel free to shoot me an email at:


Comments, questions, and lovely things are welcome. Spam and inappropriate crap are not. Danke!

*He’s not evil, but she claims it’s his accent. I was under the impression that most Bond Villains had a Russian accent, not a German one, but what do I know?


36 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hello Heather!
    A fellow Wisconsin girl here! 🙂
    I am looking to move to Germany after graduation in December of 2014.
    I can speak about ten German words! DO you have any advice? Resources? I NEED a job.

    • Hi Tayler, and thanks so much for your comment(s)! I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have, and help you out if possible. Just drop me an email at the address above anytime. 🙂

  2. Hi there, I’m a friendly lurker who really enjoys your blog. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated your blog for a Versatile Blogger Award. To find out more see here http://theerlangenexpat.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/versatile-blogger-award/. This award is a way for bloggers to show appreciation to other bloggers, and it’s a personal kick up the bum to me to make sure I show my personal appreciation for you and your blog. Congratulations!

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  4. Ha, I always thought Bond villains were Russian as well 😉 Was there an evil German in Die Hard?? I can’t wait to move there – not because they’re evil obviously, because they’re lovely 😉

  5. I’ve been meaning to search out your House Hunters International and just saw it is on Netflix! Such a fun experience and I love the places you looked at.

    • Thanks, Ebe! Glad you finally got to see it. I’ve already gotten word from a few people that missed it on the first round… should be interesting. Is your episode on there as well?

  6. HI Heather,
    Many years ago I lived in Erlangen (Uttenreuth actually) and recently revisited Nuernberg and environs which was very enjoyable. Want to come back again and do some more hiking in country areas. If you have not already been there, try Kulmbach.
    Regards from Australia,

  7. Beautiful picture of you hiking. I love the Allgäu! It’s my happy place and every time we’re in Germany, we’ll try to spend some time there. This year we’ll be there for New Years. I’m so excited!

    • Thanks so much! Totally understand your love of the Allgäu… we didn’t get down there at all this year but I’ve been looking at some possible places for snowshoeing this winter. Maybe that’ll be a good enough reason to visit. 😉 Have a great time there at NY!

  8. Glad I discovered your blog! Visited Nuremberg for the Christmas market a few years ago – I’ll have to return sometime. I’ve a similar-ish story – I was a TEFL teacher in Ireland but moved to Berlin for a job in journalism back in 2012. I’ve stayed “kleben” since 🙂

    • Likewise! I am such a sucker for a terrible reality show and watched the Irish version of First Dates when I was sick in Dublin last year for a day… may as well test out my Deutsch a bit on the local version in that case. 😉 Looking forward to reading more of your adventures!

  9. Hi there! Fellow Midwesterner here. My family and I are moving to Germany in a few months and I was hoping I could get a little advice from you on how you got your belongings over there. We’re not bringing a lot but everywhere we have looked it costs several hundred dollars to ship a box or I’m reading reports of scammers. Any advice on how you moved would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
    Kayla – Michigan

    • Hi Kayla, thanks for stopping by!
      I wish I could help, but I brought over 2 suitcases (okay and a backpack and laptop bag) in 2009 and that was it. My family has sent plenty of small boxes and I’ve picked up some things on trips back, but I’ve still got some large items in the States that I’m not sure how to get over here. I’d be in the same boat as you if I were looking for a whole household.
      Many of the expat groups on FB for various cities (not sure where you’re moving) are pretty active if you haven’t already asked there. Hope you find a solution!

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