I learned a lot of things in our three years in Germany. Please enjoy some handy tips I picked up along the way.
Make the most of your accommodations – no matter how bad they stink, someone has had it worse than you.
A party just isn’t a party without Jen’s olive penguins.
Or until Deaner is on fire.
Make sure your BFF visits at least every six months.
If one Riesenthel bag is good, two must be better!
Nap whenever you can. You’ll need the energy later.
Download your GPS updates or things could get confusing.
Host parties, even if your apartment is tiny.
Don’t tempt thieves: keep your GPS and iPod out of sight.
Play in the snow.
Treat yourself like a Princess.
Pay close attention.
Ask for help.
There are plenty of costume opportunities.
You might even see someone wearing a cape!
Never pass up a visit from Eis Tony (he has booze in that truck!)
Pop your collar.
Cheat (but someone else will win anyway.)
You’re never too old to sit on Santa’s lap.
Late night laughs are the best.
You can never have too much fest food (or wine!)
There is no such thing as too much pottery.
There is a difference between a moose and some mousse.
It’s always the right time for some sekt.
Smile for the camera:
It’s not home anymore, but we have fantastic memories and close friends regardless of geography. My heart is bursting thanks to all of you!
The survival tip I’ve come to live by: don’t dwell on the good-byes, anticipate the hellos.