American Expat Living in Germany Looks Back at Blogging in the Year 2013

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“Damn dude, you have CHANGED.” — Photo by Alex Archambault (

2013 was a big year for The Wife and I. After living in the States together, we moved to Hannover, Germany! Now, I’ll be real honest with you: it was scary at times (there may have been tears). I dropped everything, including a house, car and job, and moved across the globe to a country in which I did not adequately speak the language. Meanwhile, my wife scrambled around finding us an apartment here in Hannover, moving everything in and launching her post-university career. Jesus Christ, I think I’m going to have a panic attack just thinking about all that stuff again. Yep. It’s on. “Honey, call the Krankenwagen; my thunderous American heart has finally given out.”

2013 was also a big year for our blog. In addition to our usual denglish posts, I began writing about life as an American expat in Germany, and the culture shock and linguistic misadventures which ensued. I also started making videos and posting pictures from our travels around Germany, which brought in a lot more new readers. We were featured on The Local and several other expat resource websites. On top of all that, one of our posts was ‘Freshly Pressed’ on Our readership just exploded over the past year, and as of the writing of this post, we’re about to pass the 10,000 subscriber mark!

We would like to sincerely thank you for reading our blog and invite you to take a look at some cool information from this past year, including:

  • Silly Statistics
  • Our Most Popular Post Ever
  • Where Our Readers Come From
    …and of course…
  • Our Top 5 Blog Commenters

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 320,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 14 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to view the 2013 blog stats from Oh God, My Wife Is German!

25 thoughts

  1. I enjoy reading your posts because its nice to see someone so enamored with their spouse. God bless!

    >>> “Oh God, My Wife Is German.” 1/20/2014 12:31 PM >>>
    Oh God, My Wife Is German posted: ” 2013 was a big year for The Wife and I. After living in the States together, we moved to Hannover, Germany! Now, I’ll be real honest with you: it was scary at times (there may have been tears). I dropped everything, including a house, car and job, and”


      1. An incomparable two years. I’d live there in a heartbeat if I could afford it. The Austrian devotion to Gemütlichkeit makes for some fine living, and the scenery is hard to beat no matter what part of the country you’re in (although the Linz area up north is kind of like Germany’s Rührgebiet).

        Just do a search on my blog for Austria and you’ll see a number of articles I’ve posted… more are sure to come.


      2. Rigid adherence to social custom. If you put your trash out 5 minutes before the appointed time, expect a visit from the neighborhood rep. You’ve got to blend in and “be Swiss” if you want to get along.


  2. I’m a relative newcomer to your blog and have very much enjoyed reading your posts

    I emigrated from Scotland to Canada when I was in my late 20s (my first wife was Canadian)

    I can still remember the panic I felt when I touched down in Toronto en route to Calgary. I wandered the airport desperately looking for a toilet before I wet myself – too scared to ask directions of anyone because I didn’t know what to ask for. I could think of 101 different Scottish/slang names for what I was looking for but didn’t know what word Canadians used. Eventually, a guy – noticing the wild look in my eyes and the jiggling dance I was performing and correctly deducing my need – came to my rescue before the pee started dribbling down my leg, and directed me to a ‘comfort station’

    A ‘comfort station’ – I would never in a million years have come up with that one !

    That was only the first of many cases when I discovered that although I nominally spoke the same language as Canadians, we used different words for the same object, and the same word had different meanings in Canada and Scotland. So my hat off to you for going that one step further and moving to another country where the language is completely foreign !

    Well done you – and thank you for an entertaining insight into your life as an ex-pat in Germany. I hope 2014 for you is an even better blogging year than was 2013 !


  3. You did have an amazing year 2013!
    I enjoy each one of your posts and I do wish you good luck for 2014. May it be just as amazing for you as the past year was!
    Good Luck to you and your wife!


  4. Whoop-whoop, I am featured in your stats!!! So I guess I’ll just leave another superfluous comment saying congrats and all that just to make sure I’ll be there again in the 2014 stats. Oh, and one more thing: You guys are awesome, I am so looking forward to more Denglish, expat stories and farts!


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