I got this expat-themed meme from J at Germany Doesn't Suck and am going to attempt it, though it looks pretty difficult!
5) Name five things you love in your new country:
1. Being able to get around town on a bike with considerably less fear for my life than in the US.
2. Being able to get around, even to small towns, on trains and other public transportation.
3. The sheer lack of fake people. The US, especially the midwest, is Fake Central.
4. Wine and food are cheaper! (In the case of wine, much cheaper!)
5. Lack of suburban sprawl between cities. Even cities close to one another have green space between them!
4) Name four things that you miss from your native country:
1. One-stop shopping.
2. Being able to talk to anybody - no language barrier!
3. Big apartments! Big kitchen sinks and big refrigerators! Big washing machines!
4. There are many foods I miss. It would be quite a job listing all of them.
3) Name three things that annoy you a bit (or much) in your new country:
1. Lack of social interaction at work - all the office doors being closed.
2. Two taxes in particular - the 19% sales tax (but at least it's included in the listed price) and the 17 EUR tax just for owning a TV, no matter what your income level.
3. Grocery stores aren't open on Sundays. (Both good and bad, but when I'm sharing the store with 10000 other shoppers on Saturday afternoon because we all have to get it done today, and there's no produce left and I can't get my cart past anyone...it's more on the bad side.)
2) Name two things that surprise you (or surprised you in the beginning) in your new country:
1. How expensive the trains are. Somehow I thought it would be less.
2. How reliant Germans are on cars. It's certainly nowhere near US levels of car-reliance, but they are still quite dependent.
1) Name one thing that you would miss terribly in your new country, if you had to leave it.
1. The relaxed atmosphere and reduced commercialism relative to the US. Of course if I next moved to another country that was also relaxed and less commercial than the US, maybe this wouldn't be a problem.
I think there are many other things I could have mentioned in all categories, but these are what came to mind this morning!