Our Story

Katie and I always talked about one day moving away for a year or two. In the back of my mind, I figured it would never happen given our roots to the Milwaukee area and our busy lives. And if it did happen, I assumed it would have been to Minneapolis or Chicago.

So when Katie came home from work one day and told me that her dad (who owns the family company she works for, Spaulding Clinical) asked her if we wanted to move to Europe for a year, I was full of mixed emotions. On the one hand, I wasn’t sure if such a move would fit our family life, my career, Katie’s school or our life plans. On the other hand – it was Europe!

As we spent the next few weeks talking about it with each other, friends and family, it became increasingly clear to both of us that this was something we really wanted to try. It promised to be an incredible experience and now was the time to do it – before we started having kids.

So in August, we made the decision to give it a go. I spent the fall wrapping up my MBA and winding down my employment at Marquette University and Katie laid the groundwork for a career move from recruitment to sales. We spread the news, rented out our condo and prepared to spend 2012 in Europe.

We chose Munich, Germany, for a few reasons. It’s a vibrant city. It’s close to several other countries (and trains to take us there). It’s easy to fly into. And most importantly, Katie speaks the language.

We kept this blog to give a little insight into our European adventure and we hope that it made for good reading. Thanks for sharing this journey with us!


2 thoughts on “Our Story

  1. Jim Miller

    Actually it shouldn’t be much of a shift from Milwaukee to Munich – Milwaukee is pretty German, what with Mader’s, Schlitz, Miller’s, and all. 🙂

    What a great adventure. Wishing you the very best and jealous of your chance to spend a whole year in the heart of a world-class German city. Not far from Austria and the Alps, wow! Looking forward to seeing you in April for the Concert for Life and hearing all about it – should be great material to fill in between songs!

  2. Servus! I stumbled upon your blog since I follow all things Bavarian. I’m from Upper Michigan with lots of connections to Milwaukee and also live now in Munich. If you’d like to meet up some time, check out my webpage at http://www.bayerntrips.com and you can email me from there. I’m often at my Stammlocal, the Weisses Brauhaus.

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