How One American Expat Celebrates the 4th of July Outside the United States
An interview with the author of ‘Oh God, My Wife Is German,’ conducted by ParcelHero.com
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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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As always, an amusing post! I love the melding of the flags in your logo today! Will it be permanent, or is it just for the upcoming American Independence Day?
Fourth of July is beyond a doubt my least favorite holiday. This is not because I have anything against the supposed meaning of the holiday, but because I work very early, which means I try to go to bed very early, which is hard to do when people keep setting off explosions. (For weeks and weeks. Isn’t Fourth of July just ONE DAY!?!?) Also I live in Michigan, where it is VERY hot and VERY humid in the summer, of which I am not a fan. I think Germany actually sounds kind of nice.
This year you will love the weather on Fourth of July – 40 degrees Celsius – or 104 Fahrenheit … should be even warm enough for you.
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I will dig myself a deep, cool hole … I am not sure I can survive 40 degrees.
I travel. A lot.
And I travel home up to 6 times a year – but for some unknown reason I permanently seem to miss two particular days: Halloween and the 4th of July.
And I miss them – both, very dearly.
Enjoy celebrating this day anyway and think of home. :-)
Thank you! You too, Aurora.
I am sooo not missing the German summers anymore, especially after your accurate description!