Welcome to our blog!
We’re excited you’re here with us, reading about our “wildly ordinary” lives.
In August of 2013, we quit our jobs, put all of our furniture in storage, packed up some clothes, and headed across the pond to settle in Freiburg, Germany. It was the beginning of an adventure of a lifetime, and while we have since returned to the US, the adventure hasn’t stopped.
We want to see the world, but if you ask us, whirlwind 6- to 12-month ’round-the-world trips aren’t the way to do it. We’ve talked to enough RTW trippers to know that’s a good way to forget most of what you saw. Instead, we prefer to travel somewhere new for a long time.
And in the case of Freiburg, a really long time. We lived there for a full year while teaching English, giving walking tours, and really immersing ourselves in German life. That last one was really driven home when Germany won the World Cup – what an experience!
Now we’re back in the US, but we couldn’t just simply return to our old jobs like nothing ever happened. We learned something about ourselves in Germany that can’t be ignored – we value our freedom and independence more than we ever knew. So this blog, which started as way for us to document our European adventures, is now a way for us to document our attempt to create a real, permanent wildly ordinary life. We’re each setting out to start our own businesses, be our own boss, and earn a living on our terms.
To us, Wildly Ordinary means the best of two worlds. We’re mostly stationary, able to maintain friendships, see our families, play on dodgeball teams (oh, how we missed dodgeball while in Germany) – things that can’t be done when you travel all the time. But we also have the freedom to leave for a while and continue our work from anywhere in the world – and our list of “places we’d like to spend at least one month” is quite long.
Thanks for reading!
8 thoughts on “About Erin & Brian”
an interesting blog you guys have 🙂 What brings two Americans to a place like Germany? Greetings!
Thanks, Suze! Germany was one of our favorite places when we went on a European backpacking trip in 2009, and Brian also lived in Bruchsal in summer of 2007 while studying abroad. We knew we wanted to come back for an extended period of time at some point, so here we are! 🙂 And we’re loving every minute of it!
…I love the seemingly apparent juxtaposition in your site’s name–but, then again, it’s necessary to have a balance of both “wild” and “ordinary” in our lives, no, :-)???…
Thanks, Betty! It’s no fun if it’s just ordinary, and it’s too much to handle if it’s just wild… 🙂
…It’s just like yin and yang, :-)…
…Thanks for following, btw, :-)!!…
Hello Erin & Brian,
Thanks for sharing your adventures!
I lived in Germany for 5 years about 10 years ago. I would like to move back this Fall. May I ask for your expertise…did you arrive on a tourist visas then applied for work visas when you were there? How does it work these days? I know a lot has changed in the last 10 years.
Thanks & enjoy your time in Freiburg,
In short: we arrived on tourist visas that gave us 90 days to work out a way to stay, and ultimately it took us about 60 days to get our visas. The time included many trips to the Ausländerbehörde to find out what we needed. Rather than laying it all out here, I’ll direct you to our post about the process: https://thewildlyordinarylife.com/2013/11/05/getting-a-visa-in-germany-how-we-americans-did-it/
Good luck with your move!