Inspired by a few blogs I follow (for example la tortuga viajera and Travel With Den Den), I decided to start writing some posts about my expat life as a German in Texas. I’ve lived here for about 5 years now and so I don’t necessarily notice some of the weird things anymore that stick out to you when you first get to a new place, but one day I’ll sit down and write a re-cap of my first impressions here in Texas 🙂
Right now my mind is more on the topic of leaving Texas since we went out with a few friends the other day who are about to move back to Europe. They seemed really happy and so instead of dwelling on yet more friends deserting us here, I decided to be happy for them. Talking about their move and new life in Germany got me excited about the thought of moving as well. There are no immediate plans to move, so it really is nothing more than a hypothetical exploration of possibilities in my mind at this point 🙂 And while I’m excited about new possibilities, I know there are many things I will miss about Texas:
- People: And by people, I don’t only mean the friends I’ve made here that I will miss so much, but also a general friendliness that you don’t find everywhere. Can you imagine being greeted with a friendly hello by almost every single person you run into? In Germany? Or Italy? Or France?
- Sun: I have gotten so used to the reliable Texas sun that I will have a hard time living anywhere with lots of clouds and rain again. At this point I get cranky when the sun doesn’t shine for a few days in a row.
- Texas BBQs: I never even ate steak before I moved here, but now I really like it. And the occasional greasy burger? Hmmm… Texans really know how to prepare their beef!
- Low taxes: Who doesn’t wanna keep more money?!
- Customer Service: … is better here than in many other places I’ve been. With the exception of realtors/property management companies… We are looking into renting a small house and so far it seems as though Texan realtors really don’t want to rent out houses. Not even the ones they have listed on their websites.
What I won’t miss:
- Isolation: It just takes too damn long to get anywhere from here!
- Lack of International Foods: This might not be the US as a country or even Texas as a state, but there are definitely not enough international restaurants in town! Oh, what would I give for crepes from Bretagne, Chinese spring rolls in Germany, authentic Italian pizza pretty much anywhere in Europe, freshly baked bread from a bakery, …
- Ignorance: Most people are so nice here, but I will not miss the occasional question/statement like “Have you ever been to Europe?” (after an extensive conversation about how I am from Germany), “Of course we are the best country in the world.” (Pleeeaaaase! Don’t say that if you’ve never even been anywhere else.), or “Do you speak English with your parents?” (Why in the world would I do that when I am German?!).
- Tornado Warnings: They still freak me out!
- TexMex: Sorry, not a big fan.
There are a ton more things on either side, but those are the ones that came to my mind first. I do however have that nagging feeling that I missed at least one important one. Hmmm… I’m sure it’ll come to me later!
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