About Me


Welcome to Franconia from The Erlangen Expat! This blog is the result of my experiences, my struggles, my confusion, my successes and the wish to make life (even just a little) easier for current and future expats.

What I needed when I arrived here was a smiling face and someone to tell me that “it was all going to be ok”, preferably followed up with “here have some gin”. And despite my worries, and the potential disaster scenarios that frequented my dreams before I moved, I am still here, years later, less stressed, more settled and at home in my new homeland of Germany.

I’ve been a resident of Erlangen since April 2011. That was the month we (the husband and I) packed up and moved from our cozy little English life to Germany, a job opportunity (for him) and the opportunity to do things we never thought we’d do.

When we decided to move to Germany I did what any normal person would and started googling like crazy. Now, I totally believe that you can never be too informed but in my case as the googling increased as did the confusion and anxiety associated with moving to a country where English is not the first language. The little German I did know from school had been completely wiped out by a good 15 years of speaking nothing but English and a smattering of French on holidays. “Could we really do this?” crossed my mind more than once.

From one expat to another, everything will be ok,  and YES, YOU CAN DO THIS

If you have any queries, questions or just want to say hi, I love to hear from other expats…
Please contact me at theerlangenexpat@yahoo.com or tweet me @erlangenexpat

Also, please do not use information or photographs from this blog in any publications without express permission from me.


19 Responses to “About Me”

  1. foodessen April 29, 2014 at 6:31 am #

    Hi, I wanted to stop by and let you know that I’ve nominated you and your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award. To find out more about the award, just follow this link http://foodessen.com/2014/04/29/versatile-blogger-award/. This award is a way for bloggers to show appreciation to other bloggers. Congratulations!

    • The Erlangen Expat May 3, 2014 at 11:26 am #

      Thank you, I’m just putting my nominations together now 🙂

      • foodessen May 3, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

        You’re very welcome! You deserve it 🙂

  2. terrimoore65 May 4, 2014 at 4:24 am #

    Thanks for the follow. I love your blog! I find it helpful as I navigate my new life in Germany!

    • The Erlangen Expat May 5, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

      Glad to be of service and we can start a mutual appreciation society because your blog is really lovely to read!

  3. ebe May 9, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    Best expat advice possible: “From one expat to another, everything will be ok, and YES, YOU CAN DO THIS”. Sometimes you just need to hear that and take a breath.

    • The Erlangen Expat May 9, 2014 at 8:24 am #

      I’m still utterly grateful to the person who said this to me when I arrived 🙂

  4. Matt May 24, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    I stumbled upon your blog looking for info on the Bergkirchweih. And it answered my questions. We are not expats but We will be in Germany for 60 days in the Nuremberg area and will be looking for fun things to do every day. Thanks for the information. As someone who lives in the U.S., I will certainly be trying that Memphis style BBQ.

    • The Erlangen Expat May 25, 2014 at 10:01 am #

      Glad you found it useful, hope your 60 days in Bavaria are all as much fun as the Bergkirchweih! And tell Boogies I said hi 🙂

  5. justanotherdayintheworld May 31, 2014 at 6:28 am #

    Because I’ve enjoyed reading your blog so much, I wanted to share it with my readers by nominating you for a Liebster Award! You can find your nomination here:http://justanotherdayintheworld.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/the-liebster/

  6. Tania Villalobos November 17, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

    I just loved your blog, its been really usefull for me, i am from México and i will be here only for a few days. Thanks for your blog

    • Alie C November 19, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

      Thanks it’s so lovely to hear from readers, enjoy your time in Germany!

  7. Tony McVerry December 23, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

    Hi…very intersting blog. I came across it when I was looking at accommodation for my son in the New Year. Maybe you might be able to direct me in the right direction. My son is 22, Irish, and he is starting a 6 month internship in Adidas in Herzo on 1st February 2016. He’s between a B2 and C1 he tells me. He was more interested in living with a German family to further improve his German rather than an apartment. He spent 3 months living with a German family 4/5 years ago and found it a great help. How would I go about trying to get a family?…..any ideas?

    Thanks for your help…..Tony

    • Alie C December 23, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

      At 22 I’m not sure if a family would be prepared to host him? Though I could be wrong. I would suggest finding a WG (shared living accomodation) there should be plenty around because of the university nearby.

  8. Susanne January 11, 2017 at 11:41 am #

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I really like it; for me as a German teacher it’s really interesting to get the outsider’s perspective 🙂 Regards from Nürnberg!

    • Alie C January 12, 2017 at 6:46 pm #

      Hi and thanks for stopping by, I love that a German teacher is interested in life on the outside looking in. A little part of my heart will always be in Nürnberg, lucky you getting to live there!


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