How One American Expat Celebrates the 4th of July Outside the United States
1. Why are you a resident in Germany? Where in the US are you from originally?
I am originally from Portland, Oregon, but I moved to Hannover, Germany, in order to be with my wife; a beautiful, smart and (unintentionally) hilarious German woman. With her adorable linguistic mixture of Deutsch and English — better known as Denglish — she often says things like:
“Why does our time on earth have to be limitated?”
“But maybe I can spend money. I am the bread maker now.”
“It is time to get out of the bathtub now… my fingers are getting schrinkled.”
2. How will you be celebrating the 4th of July this year?
To be perfectly honest with you, I generally forget about the 4th of July every year, much like I forget most holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. However, if I should remember it this year, I will spend the evening worrying about the house we own in the States — and the likelihood that it will be swiftly burned to the ground by some mouth-breathing neighbor kid with a popsicle in one hand and a Roman candle in the other.
3. Where will you be celebrating it? (eg: a specific restaurant, party, etc.)
After calling my rental agency and confirming our house has not, in fact, been reduced to smoldering ashes, my wife and I will probably watch A Game of Thrones while eating a pizza and then pass right the fuck out.
4. What do you miss most about ‘home’ on the 4th of July?
I’ll miss the heat. July is generally pretty warm in Portland, but here in northern Germany? You just never know. It could be warm, but it could also be cold or windy — even rainy — because the weather here is always threatening an early return to winter… as if it were designed by Mother Nature herself to gently crush all joy from the German soul, keeping it focused upon the robotic task of producing the world’s finest automobile components.
— Oh God, My Wife Is German.
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And if you’d like to find out more about life as an American expat in Germany, check out some of our other posts, like this one: Five Things That Suck About Living in Germany