1. Juergen
    June 13, 2012 @ 5:03 am

    Hitting the neck means, if cold air twists around your neck, your muscles are going to be harder and harder until you aren’t able to turn your head in any direction – and it really hurts. And no, we germans are not that “fresh air” obsessed…. We just like it :-)

    • Andrew
      June 13, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

      That is really weird. Having a cold neck isn’t fun, but I have never heard or experienced that a bit of cold air on the neck causes my muscles to do anything. If anything, I find the cold breezes from the open winter windows to be more annoying on my whole body. I guess the common sense we grow up with makes sense to us, even if it doesn’t to others.
      And yes Germans like Fresh Air enough that I think they would think I was out to get them, if I kept the doors and windows closed all of the time.

  2. Amer
    March 10, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    Yup great write up! I love being an expat in London. I like your point of ‘You like to travel, but still like to feel at home”. Definitely reflects me!

    • Andrew
      March 10, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

      Thanks for the comment and compliment. London seems to draw a lot of expats. Seems chaotic and big, but I’m sure there are little neighborhood places to find as well.

  3. Sabrina
    March 6, 2012 @ 12:13 am

    You crack me up :)

    • Andrew
      March 6, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

      I’m glad I can be entertaining. :)

  4. Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista
    March 5, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

    This was a fun post! Yes I think I could be an expat in Germany. What is with their fear of air hitting their necks? That is very strange to me :)

    • Andrea
      March 5, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

      The French are like that too. They always wear scarves, even in summer. They also seem to think air conditioners are evil.

      • Andrew
        March 6, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

        The scarves thing is odd. I get hot even in the winter with something around my neck. I admit to kind of liking not having every building chilled to freezing in the summer by the AC. Though I definitely miss it on the hotter days in the summer, especially at night. There needs to be a balance.

    • Andrew
      March 6, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

      Thanks. I don’t know exactly, but it seems to be a fear of getting sick. Something akin to the more English idea of wearing a hat or you will “catch your death of cold”. Check out the cold weather things from Italians at Annie’s site. http://waywardtraveller.com/2011/03/lesson-7-if-youre-not-careful-youll-die/

  5. Katrina
    March 5, 2012 @ 12:48 am

    Though the actual expectations and experiences are different, the subtleties one must consider are much the same here in Italy. It took me a loooong time to get used to the grocery stores!

    • Andrew
      March 6, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

      How are the grocery stores different? I don’t remember much different from the few times I have gone shopping in Italy.

  6. Adam
    March 4, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

    Hahahha, this list is brilliant! And sitting here in my apartment in Berlin with my windows open during winter, I have to say you’re spot on with these telltale signs!

    • Andrew
      March 6, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

      Thanks. I know I am definitely a German expat. I would open the windows far more often, although my wife would not like it. I don’t get the depths of winter cold thing, but I do like to get fresh air in the house every so often.

      • Ali
        March 7, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

        Yes, please shut the damn windows! ;-)

        • Andrew
          March 7, 2012 @ 9:11 pm


  7. Gillian @OneGiantStep
    March 4, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

    I love it! I think I would do quite well in Germany. Now just to find a way to make some $$$!

    • Andrew
      March 6, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

      €€€ maybe more like it? Look at things you could do from here. Freiburg is lovely in the summer.

  8. Andrea
    March 4, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

    Most of these points are actually quite appealing to me, except for the filling out forms one of course, although I’m quite used to that after having lived in France for 6 years.

    • Andrew
      March 6, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

      Europeans seem to like their paperwork in general. I have heard similar of Italy as well. Have you made up your mind of your next move?

  9. lisa
    March 4, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    Good post, I lived for three years in Berlin. It made me smile to read your experiences.

    • Andrew
      March 6, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

      Glad that I could make you smile.