A Beginners Guide to Germany; 25 Tips to help Bridge the Culture Gap

Ah Germany, land of the punctual, recycling, and schnitzel. I recently returned to the country after having lived there for a couple years. While I didn’t experience any culture shock this time around, it served as a reminder of all the things that had once been learning curves. I also had with me my friend … More A Beginners Guide to Germany; 25 Tips to help Bridge the Culture Gap

I’d Rather be Traveling – A Weekly Photo Challenge

While I try not to do too many of these challenges in a row, this week’s prompt was too perfect to pass up. “I’d rather be ___.” I didn’t even have to think twice before answering “traveling.” I guess it’s a good thing I’m off to Berlin in just a few days then, huh? While I’ve … More I’d Rather be Traveling – A Weekly Photo Challenge

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

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