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A Day in the Life of Living Abroad

My life abroad is very different from life at home. I mean, duh, of course. But there are some things in my day to day that still shock me. Like the whole grocery store and check out situation. Today I thought I'd give you a glimpse of my life in Heidelberg.

Once a week we take the dogs on a hike up the mountains.

I wake up around 7 or 7:30 (depending on how late I'm up the night before) and feed the dogs. The pups are very demanding early in the morning, and so I feed them first thing. Then I take them each on a little walk near the Neckar river by our house. This is a great, wide open area where I can take them to run around for a bit. I take them each separately because they would be criss-crossing leashes the whole time if I didn't. Hugo likes to sniff everything in site. Millie likes to chase birds. What can I say, they are a bit high maintenance. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

View from our walk.

After dogs are done, I make breakfast which usually consists of bread from a bakery nearby or the farmer's market which happens every Wednesday and Saturday. Michael and I always pick up bread, cheese, sausage, and some fresh veggies each week there. I'll also have a couple eggs. I'm a big believer in breakfast.

Depending on the day I'll go to the grocery store, do the laundry, or run a few errands. I try to do them earlier in the day since it's busier later on. While running errands might seem like a piece of cake, it always means I'm going to walk or take my bike and so I have to think about how much weight I can carry on my back. I can't just go to the grocery store are buy it all. Which is so different than me pulling up my car to Kroger and stocking up.

After errands I'll come home and get to work! My favorite part. I look forward to working everyday. Which might be a little weird. But blogging is the best. I'll answer emails, work on a new post, answer questions in Facebook groups, and work on a new tutorial for Blog Boss Babe.

At about 1 pm I'll break for lunch. But before I eat Michael and I take the dogs out together for a walk. For lunch I'll eat left overs, salad, or a sandwich and pretzels. We always keep pretzels in the house.

Then it's back to work and later in the day I usually am working on a post for the next day or next week, social media posts, reaching out to sponsors, and again answering emails. My favorite part of blogging is the writing aspect, so I make time everyday to write- whether I publish it or not.

I stop working usually at about 7. If it were up to me, I'd probably work until bed every night but I'm really trying to balance that a bit more now that I live abroad. Back in Dallas or Nashville I had no problem working until 12 every night. Michael and I will make dinner (we switch off) or we'll go out and grab a bite to eat. There's a few restaurants down the street which are our faves. If we're in the mood for German there's Marktstübel or Dorfschänke. There's a great, quick Italian place (that takes credit card- very rare!) called De Claudia's or we'll go to the Alstadt to see a quick view of the castle and have a kebab, Greek, or Pho. Or German. German food is always a good choice.

Near a few of our favorite spots to eat.

After dinner Michael and I talk about travel. We plan where to go to next, we look for cheap flights, train rides, or car rentals. Michael scouts for good hotel deals (he's pretty excellent at it, at planning travel in general and he does the bulk of that) and we talk about why we should go where. It's funny to have travel as part of our everyday life and it makes me so happy to live in Europe.

Next, we take the dogs out one last time before bed. We might have a small Bailey's before bed for dessert. Because… why not?

We go to bed about 11:30 (#thisis30) and I dream of our next trip!

Hope you found this interesting. If you have any questions about my life abroad (or really, anything for that matter) feel free to let me know in the comments below.

 

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Comments

That’s one thing I miss in my day to day is walking my dog 🙁 Maybe I should just have walks on my own. I love your day to day routine, that’s awesome!

This was a great read! I’d definitely be interested in a post about big changes and adjustments moving abroad. I’m moving to England this summer and that’s definitely been on my mind a lot. Especially the convenience of running to Target and stocking up on everything at once!

This sounds like an excellent day!

Sounds lovely! My biggest hurdle working from home is getting out of bed in the morning! I constantly keep us up too late and then get up AFTER my husband leaves for work – so not good for productivity! How do you motivate yourself to get up early?

really really good question. I will say I have always naturally been an early bird-not sure why! but i think you have to love what you do to stay motivated and I do (which I know is very very lucky!) But picking out aspects that I’m excited for help keep me motivated to get up and get to it!

So maybe instead of tackling your hardest/biggest projects in the morning you would recommend starting with something exciting to build your momentum? That sounds like it would really help me get my butt into gear in the AM!

This is great! I adore day-to-day life. You sound like you’ve found a good rhythm since moving!

Ooo this sounds like the life to me!! This definitely makes me realize I need a little more structure in my day!

I always have trouble falling asleep because my brain won’t stop thinking about future holidays 😉

Wow. The views from your walks are incredible! You’re so lucky to be living abroad.

Lovely interesting post!
Living in the UK, I get what you mean, about so much easy travel – I guess having always lived in the UK I’ve always taken that for granted, but I guess being from the states it’s quite a difference as we have so much so close!
I have a few places I want to visit for weekends this year!

the ONE thing I might be good at is the food supply part of this post. I go to the grocery store daily, and only get the things I need for dinner! I am not a planner, I take dinners one day at a time!

This is such a great post. Looks like a wonderful place to live – it’s so scenic!! Like Autumn, I’m curious what Michael is doing for work (or for fun!) while you are abroad – I know that seems a bit nosy but I’m just curious how it has all worked out 🙂 I also laughed that you have to take the dogs out separately, hehe. Thanks for sharing this glimpse into your everyday life!

hey hey! not nosy! answered under autumns comment 🙂

Looks like an amazing town. I can see why you wanted to move there.

I always think it is fun to read day in the life posts. I go to bed at 10:00 every night…is this 25?!?! Haha. Al of your photos are gorgeous by the way!

This is really cool. I know I’d adjust, but I’d hate not being able to run into Kroger for Pancho’s cheese dip.

Love this post! It’s so great to see into the day-to-day. It seems like you are really loving your life, and that’s amazing! I’d love to take that walk every week. 🙂

Your schedule sounds amazing! How do you balance being at home so much/with a lot of togetherness? Do you work outside of the house sometimes?

really good question!! i will say I am BIG on alone time and time apart but it’s not always easy. I will go to a coffee shop now and then to change it up but honestly we work in separate rooms so when I am working I don’t feel like we’re on top of eachother – if that makes sense!

Great post! It’s so interesting how things change when you move…especially when you move to another country!

Love the insight posts. What does Michael do during the day while you’re there?

So he is working at a job that is super flexible and
allows him to work when he can so he can focus the other part of his
time devoted to planning travel! he has his masters and he’s a smart guy
so he was able to find something pretty quick in the research field 🙂

This is absolutely crazy that you get to have THAT view while on a walk! You’re so lucky! I’m in England right now and it really blows my mind everytime I go anywhere! 🙂
x Kenzie// Kenzieblogslife.blogspot.com

I like this post. It’s weird bc today I’m writing a post called “a day in the life not living abroad.”

Great post! As a German living in the U.S. I find it so interesting how you live in Germany and what you think about it. I still don’t get over the fact that Americans drive everywhere in their cars, while foreigners like me just walk as much as possible. When I go to the weekly market or supermarket, I always end up carrying way too many things, but after a while one get used to it 🙂

We just moved from Canada to Europe as well and I can’t believe how dependant on our Car we were either! Granted, our city was not biker friendly and had terrible transit, but for example, we lived a few blocks From a grocery store and walking was never considered! We just got so used to our car. We love biking and walking now!

What a fun post! I loved seeing inside to your day to day! I laughed out loud about the dogs being demanding in the morning! Austin is the SAME way. The doorknob on our bedroom door broke the other day (it’s an old house) so it was just sort of “hanging”. This morning when Austin woke up he ran to the door to immediately demand to get let out and hit the door so hard with his little paws he flung the door knob off the door and like 10 feet across the room. ha! Dogs. smh

I adore these ‘day in the life’ style posts!

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