One of the most (if not the most) exciting things about the Christmas season in Germany are the Christmas markets! It’s kind of fun watching stalls slowly being set up throughout the month of November in the city centre, and they usually officially open near the end of November, until sometime in January. Known in German as the “Weihnachtsmarkt,” it’s […]


A few days ago, I was out starting my Christmas shopping, when surprisingly, I discovered how difficult it was to find boxes of Christmas cards and candy canes. If you’re looking for chocolate Santas, no problem – there’s about 3 aisles of them of different sizes and brands to your liking….but Christmas cards are always sold individually. Ditto with candy […]


6 cheap ways to travel around Germany

by Michelle on November 26, 2012 · 9 comments

Living in Germany is extremely affordable, and with good planning, traveling around the country can be just as easy and cheap! Last year when I was in Germany, I traveled to Aachen, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Munich, and Tübingen with a German Rail Pass. This year, I’ve lived here since the end of August, and have travelled to Cologne, Munich, Stuttgart, […]


A tour of my German apartment!

by Michelle on October 19, 2012 · 9 comments

Today, I’m going to give you guys a tour of my German apartment! The place itself is quite spacey and it’s in a neighbourhood that has lots of grocery stores, pharmacies, a post office, banks, and tram stop all less than a minute away. Our lovely kitchen!


Gruß vom Oktoberfest!

by Michelle on October 3, 2012 · 6 comments

This weekend, I went to Munich for Oktoberfest with some friends. Most Germans I’ve talked to surprisingly seemed to prefer other beer festivals over Oktoberfest, and described Oktoberfest as being too touristy and crowded. Of course I figured it would be touristy and crowded, and after going, I can definitely say it really was majorly touristy and crowded (although no […]


I haven’t been posting as much as I’d like since I’ve moved to Germany, but I will try to update more frequently from now on. It’s just that so much has happened! And as of today, I’ve officially lived here for a month! A part of me feels like I’ve lived here forever…I’m getting used to teaching at the school, […]


“Hallo” from Mannheim, Germany!

by Michelle on September 1, 2012 · 15 comments

Hey everyone! Sorry for the lack of updates, but I’ve been pretty busy ever since I got here! I’ve been in Germany for about two weeks now, and I have to say, living abroad here is definitely a lot harder than living in Chicago, where it’s so similar to Toronto, or living in Australia, where I had no other responsibilities, […]


I’m moving to Germany!

by Michelle on May 8, 2012 · 33 comments

Ever since January, I felt like my plans for this fall have been up in the air. I knew I have to move to Europe, but I had no idea when, or where. I love surprises, but sometimes uncertainty can be slightly nerve-racking. The question came down to, Germany or the UK? I applied for a teaching position in Germany, […]


Germany: A Photo Essay

by Michelle on April 30, 2012 · 2 comments

This is a guest post from my friend, Miriam Olszewski, who is not only one of the best photographers I know, but also moving to Europe with me around the same time this fall, which will no doubt be awesome, and full of both exciting art ventures, and adventures. Germany is the first of a four part series of photo […]


I left my heart in Bavaria

by Michelle on September 13, 2011 · 5 comments

Bavaria can quite possibly be the best place in the world. After all, they did invent lederhosen, pretzels, and an annual festival dedicated for the sole purpose of drinking obscene quantities of beer. I’m not sure why I have such a love affair with Bavaria, although it could be because of all the photos my German prof used to show […]