We are two mild-mannered Americans who up and moved to the small town of Bielefeld, Germany. My husband is a year-long visiting researcher and instructor at the university here. Meanwhile, I do a little bit of this and that, including writing, knitting, teaching English and navigating scary things like “the bank” and “the washing machine”. We got on the plane not knowing what to expect, and every day here brings something new. We’re using this blog as a way to share our brilliant insights (and digital photos) with friends and family. However, we’re hoping this can be a source of information if you’re moving to this area, or if you’re just wondering what it’s like to take a sudden break from your regularly scheduled programming.