About Me

Hi, I’m Shannon, the girl behind One Tea One Coffee (the name is an ode to my love of tea and my husband’s love of coffee). I started this blog in 2012 when I moved to Germany as a newlywed because I got tired of answering the same questions over and over about our new life abroad. Since then the blog has grown, we moved twice (one transatlantic move and one cross country move!), and we visited over 35 countries. Whew!

I’m a girl afflicted with wanderlust. I come from a family of world travelers and expatriates, and I’ve always dreamed of seeing the world and living abroad. In college, I studied in France and Germany and worked hard to learn the languages and immerse myself in their culture, dreaming of a future spent overseas. Little did I know I’d end up getting more than I bargained for.

Right before I graduated from college I was offered a summer internship in Berlin, where I met and fell in love with a handsome American guy (that would be Fionn, who’s now my husband!). We got to know each other by trading travel stories over drinks and went on our first date the next day, where we bonded over a mutual love of street food and history museums. After that weekend, it was all kind of blur-we fell head over heels in love, spent the whole summer traveling back and forth between Berlin and Bavaria to see each other, and got married six months later.

(Yes, everyone thought we were insane)


Three days after the wedding, we shipped three moving boxes of my stuff to Fionn’s apartment in Germany, hopped on a plane, and started our lives together in a small village in the south of Germany. Now that I finally had a partner in crime with even worse wanderlust than myself, what did we do? We traveled, of course! Thus the blog was born.

I was responsible for planning and researching all of our trips, and I quickly realized that sometimes the info I needed just wasn’t online. Where were the insider reviews, the first hand accounts, the recommendations beyond the usual Top Ten lists? So I used the blog to write my own travel tips and advice, hoping it would be a helpful resource to other travelers.

After two years in Germany and tons of travel, the Army moved us to Georgia and then to El Paso, Texas a few months later. The moving hasn’t slowed us down, it’s only given us the opportunity to see more of the world.

On the blog you’ll find our travels (international and domestic), destination guides, tips, and reviews, and a peek into our everyday life-what we’re cooking, what we’re up to, where we’re moving next…

Happy to meet you!




19 comments :

  1. Hey Shannon. I stumbled across your blog very randomly (googling if there is anywhere to get my eyebrows threaded in Straubing truth be told), but I am also a newly married ex-pat living in Bavaria (a Canadian married to a German) so it was pretty cool to read a few of your posts. Just wondering where in Bavaria you are living?

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    1. Hi! I'm near Regensburg. I have a good eyebrow lady in Nurnberg if you need one! ;) are you loving Germany?

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  2. Regensburg isn't too far...we're in Straubing. I am loving Germany...I really like the culture/food/lifestyle etc. and it's great being in Europe and so close to everything, but I definitely miss my friends at home. I just got my Arbeitserlaubnis a couple of weeks ago, so not being busy and not really knowing a ton of people has been a big adjustment, but I'm sure that would have been the case anywhere. How are you liking it?

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    1. I definitely understand how you feel! Having so much free time took some getting used to...finding your groove and making new friends can be a little hard in a foreign country. I like Germany a lot though, it's a beautiful place to live. Maybe if you're in Regensburg sometime we can grab coffee!

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    2. Yeah that would be great! I am hoping to make a trip to Ikea sometime soon, so I will let you know and if it works out a coffee would be great!

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  3. Hey :) Came across your blog on the bloghop... loving finding more expats in Germany - I'm not alone! :D Such a cute love story and your adventures look so exciting! :)

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  4. Ummm... Shannon, your story is beautiful!! I am slightly envious of your expat lifestyle- and your husbands' and your story is so adventuresome and precious! So which language do you like better? French or German? After living in Spain for a year with a Spanish-German family, I fell in love with the German language and decided that in my opinion, German is a much more beautiful language!
    <3 Dom at www.theadventuresofholly.wordpress.com

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    1. Aww thank you, that's so sweet! :) My French is better than my German and I find the grammar much easier, so I think that's my favorite. But I still have a big heart for German-I love the way it sounds and how they make words...not to mention, Germans are great in general.

      How cool you got to live in Spain and learn some German too! I loved Spain, where were you?

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  5. Hey! Found your blog though We Took The Road Less Travelled! Always a pleasure to find fellow Bavarian Bloggers! :)

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  6. Hi Shannon! I'm excited to find your blog, as I'm a new implant into Bavaria- also not far from Regensburg in fact! I'll be adding your blog to my reading list and look forward to seeing more of your blog :).

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    1. Welcome to the neighborhood! :) I can't wait to see your adventures in Bayern!

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  7. Fabulous blog, so glad I found you. I am a Christian in England who speaks German but is now embarking on french and finding it much easier than German and really enjoying it, such a beautiful language. We spent a week in Paris for the second time this year and can't wait to go back again next year. I am here:
    http://artsafantasy.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Welcome! Good luck with your French, the grammar is much easier than german, as I'm sure you'll find out :)

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  8. I just found you through the Fresh-Face Friday link-up and I'm so happy I did! I can't wait to catch on your extensive travels and your adventures in Germany :) I will be moving to Prague next fall and will definitely be making a stop in your current home!!

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    1. Oh, you should! We lived 30 minutes from the Czech border. There is so much to see and do here, I'm sure you'll love it!

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  9. What a nice blog! Glad I found it! I'm an American with an extreme love for the Slavic world who is for some crazy reason moving to Germany (Munich) at the end of this year. I know you aren't in Bavaria any longer (congrats on the move!) but I was wondering if you had any advice about churches (either English or German-speaking) in Munich (from friends or personal experience or anything you've heard). I've done some internet searches, but it's always nice to get some personal advice as well! :)

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    1. Hi Chelsea! I lived nearer to Regensburg so I'm not sure about any churches in Munich. But Emma at a Bavarian Sojourn lives in Munich and she might be able to help. Best of luck on your move and I hope you love Bavaria as much I did! :)

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  10. Hi! I just found your blog after reading your post on True Colours blog- so happy to have found another ex-pat blog to follow along with! I live in Sweden with my husband 9 months of the year, and always enjoy connecting with new bloggers. Just wanted to say hello!

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