I’m surprised at how many of my neighbors and fellow spouses hate living in Germany. Then when I ask them they say it’s not really the “Germany” part they don’t like. It’s the fact that there aren’t any big towns, big grocery stores and so on near here. Well I say to them, look around! Regensburg is at most 40 minutes away, depending on what side of post you are on, and then there is Parsburg and Amberg within 20 minutes which all have great grocery stores, and other big stores depending on what you’re looking for. I have to say I think this is an excuse. People don’t want to learn enough of the German language to get by and they are intimidated and afraid to shop on the economy.
Then they wonder why I love it here. Why? Why Not! It’s gorgeous. It’s small. It’s nostalgic. It’s easy-going. It’s friendly. And I have so much at my fingertips. So many places I plan to travel! So many famous, historic places. So many castles! That of course is everywhere in Germany, sometimes a few hours away. But it’s also right here in my little town of Schmidmuhlen. This is why I love the town. My husband and I took a walk, and this is what you see. Tell me you wouldn’t love being surrounded by this!