About Sarah

Sarah Fürstenberger is a long-time American expat in Germany. With her family, the 45-year-old mother of four relocated from Heidelberg, Germany to Galway, Ireland in 2010. She returned to Germany in early 2013 and plans to stay this time. She wrote for the German Way Expat Blog from January 2009 to March 2015. You’ll also find her work in Germany for Beginners: The German Way Expat Guidebook. See more below.


Sarah and Olivia

Sarah has spent over 15 years living and working in Germany, first in Freiburg and then in Heidelberg. Originally from metro Detroit, she worked as a translator and technical writer for many years within and for the automotive industry, and also taught German and held cultural training classes for executives at the many car companies in the area. Her first job was in a small publishing house in Freiburg, where she learned how to translate and “desktop publish,” which nowadays seems a somewhat archaic practice. Having lived in Germany as a student, employee, and working mother, she understands the difficulties that come with living in a foreign country.

Sarah is raising her children bilingually in a very non-traditional, “patchwork” family. She is currently working as the head of technical editing at a biotech company. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hanging out with her partner Kim, and learning about, talking about, and sharing essential oils. She enjoys cooking and wine, and is always looking to meet new people. Want to read more of Sarah’s writing? Check out her GW blog posts and her personal blog (links below).

Sarah is also a co-author of Germany for Beginners: The German Way Expat Guidebook, based on the German Way Expat Blog.

View all GW posts by Sarah »
• Sarah’s website: Pfefferminz und Lavendel
• The BOOK: Germany for Beginners: The German Way Expat Guidebook
• Learn about our GW Expat Blog team.