I mentioned already how much I love London, but Germany is growing on me as well. It’s another place where I could see myself living or at least spending a lot more time in.
My Fondness For Germany Is Growing…Time To Move?
Every time I visit Germany, I am reminded of how well it functions.
Take Heidi’s hometown of Lörrach, in the southwest corner of the country where Germany, France, and Switzerland meet. It’s a lovely mid-sized town with all the essentials needed for a good life. Great grocery stores, restaurants, and coffee shops. There is also nature within walking distance, great public transport, and even Basel Airport 20 minutes away by car (or Frankfurt Airport an easy three-hour train ride away with no changes necessary).
Real estate is expensive there with prices not much better than Los Angeles, but every time I am there we consider how different our life might be, perhaps for the better, if we spent most of our time in Germany instead of California.
There are certain things I would never want to do, like run a business in Germany (at least one that required employment), but as both a visitor and the husband and father of German citizens, I love the functional nature of German society, a superior healthcare system in so many ways, and a vastly superior system of roads and highways. It’s also cheaper for groceries and despite the high price of fuel, overall it is cheaper to live and has a far superior climate for my fair skin (I’m not in LA for the heat…).
Furthermore, blogging is far easier in Europe than from the West Coast, where I feel like I am behind the East Coast news schedule from the morning I wake up.
With my family and my church of three decades in Los Angeles, the idea of permanently moving is a non-starter. But dual residence sounds better all the time.
I do not get to Germany all the time anymore like I did when running my old business, but I am thankful to get there twice a year and love it very much. Having lived there for a couple of years and spent a whole lot more time in Germany than any other country outside the USA, I also feel confident in saying this is not just an infatuation, but truly a place that would be ideal to raise my family in.