Living in a foreign country is difficult for obvious reasons, like being away from family. But always feeling like you're a bumbling idiot in someone else's culture is the hardest, for sure. We've been living in Italy for a minute now and I'd say the hardest part to navigate about a new country is the different way of life.
Italians see many things differently than Americans — such as the concept of time, how quickly to eat dinner and varying styles of driving. Small interactions like asking where an item is at the grocery store can feel overwhelming, especially when you talk super quickly, butcher the pronunciations of beautiful words and are in desperate need of a bottle of wine.
Tyler and I took a trip to Germany this past weekend, though, and my goodness, we just felt right at home. Germans may not have that Midwestern nice feel (note to self: do not make eye contact on public transportation, you weirdo), but they are wonderfully orderly compared to Italians. Germany made me feel a lot less uptight and a lot more comfortable. Schedules were followed! Maps made sense! And so, our trip to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany in the beautiful Alps in Bavaria was made that much better.