My Troubled Relationship with the German Language

Now that I have officially left Germany, I think it’s probably the appropriate time to share some of my final thoughts and impressions of the country, starting first with their language. Why German? In terms of American exposures to foreign languages, my relationship with German is relatively extensive. I began studying it when I transferred … More My Troubled Relationship with the German Language

How to Fit your Life in Two Suitcases | Moving to Italy

We all know it, moving is stressful. If you’ve been doing a lot of it, it’s probably downright dreadful by now. So when you add on foreign languages, strange customs and limiting weight restrictions, it’s no wonder that things can turn into a bit of a nightmare. Since I’ve done an international “pack your bags … More How to Fit your Life in Two Suitcases | Moving to Italy

What it’s Like to Visit Home after Nearly 2 Years of Travel

Every break, every holiday, it seems like every week, someone would assume, “but you’re going back home right?” I never really knew how to answer their questions because I myself didn’t know the answer. While it might not have been the best response, my standard reply was always that plane tickets cost a lot of … More What it’s Like to Visit Home after Nearly 2 Years of Travel

Small-Town USA to City Life in Germany; How it Happened

I’ve gotten a lot of questions like, “why Germany?” or “how’d you get here?” during my time studying in Frankfurt. It’s a pretty straightforward story that, on the surface,  perhaps lacks some magical feeling of destiny or magic but I think that once people get to know me and where I’m from, they start to … More Small-Town USA to City Life in Germany; How it Happened