July 20, 2020

Sandals and socks, making friends with Germans, and "selfishly" staying in Germany (Amy from the USA)

Sandals and socks, making friends with Germans, and "selfishly" staying in Germany (Amy from the USA)

How difficult it is to make meaningful connections with Germans, and what it's like when you make a conscious decision to stay in Germany.

Amy always had a dream of living in Germany, and even happened to marry someone who felt the same way. So living here has kind of been a dream come true. And generally, Amy is really happy here -- she admits that she was "right" about wanting to live here.

But making friends with Germans is one aspect that has been a challenge. Amy is sociable and outgoing, and has done everything you're supposed to do to integrate yourself: take part in local events, be open, and seek out social situations. Add to this the fact the American friends she meets here always end up leaving, and it's easy to see why she feels that building a community is difficult.

We discuss these difficulties with making real connections with Germans. Amy also talks about how she sometimes feels a bit "selfish" having made the decision to stay in Germany, and we cover her very controversial views on sandals and socks.

Amy's blog post about things she prefers in Germany: The Ways: Part Zwei

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