My name is Kendall and I am an American, originally from the Washington DC area. I met my now German journalist husband in New York City where he was assigned at the time. When he said he was being called back to Germany, I volunteered to go with him. Back then I thought: “Am I crazy or what?”

What surprised you most when you moved to Germany?

I’d say how many people actually spoke English fluently.

What do people in the USA think of Germans?

The usual stereotypes: Germans are very direct and have no sense of humor! You know what, my opinion has changed actually. They might be direct, but they do have a sense of humor and all our German friends are great!

Has your lifestyle changed here?

I literally have cows across the street. This is sooo different!

What do you miss about the USA?

I miss my career. I am frustrated to feel like there is no use for me.Germany is welcoming foreigners. Now we are here and it feels like they do not know what to do with us. I just wish Germany could integrate us better. But I am not ready to give it up yet. I have a lot to contribute to the society.

Of course, I miss the ease of living in my country, the language and the culture I understand better. I miss the weather. I cannot believe I am saying this but I do miss being hot in summer!


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