Garbage Sorting & Recycling in Germany

Germans are very proud of their Umweltfreundlichkeit (environmental friendliness). From recycling and car emissions to public transit and home appliances, there isn’t much that isn’t influenced but the German desire to live clean or save money (or both). It’s  commendable of the German government to effectively incentives its citizens and companies towards a more sustainable … More Garbage Sorting & Recycling in Germany

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

The First time I ever left the United States; A Summer Studying Abroad in Germany

At the end of May, 2015 (after my junior year of college) I boarded a plane for the first time ever with a nonstop, 11 hour flight from Seattle to Frankfurt. I touched down in Germany and was picked up by my friend, Katharina. She had studied abroad in my little hometown in Washington state … More The First time I ever left the United States; A Summer Studying Abroad in Germany

Backpack all of Germany in 1 Month; and Truly see Everything

I’ve lived for over a year in Germany but it took me almost that full year before getting around to exploring this beautiful country. Now that I have “seen everything” (as if that were possible), I thought I would share my backpacking guide so you can make the most out of your time in the country. … More Backpack all of Germany in 1 Month; and Truly see Everything

Düsseldorf, Wuppertal, Köln; Funny Names, Cool Destinations

For the final stop on my backpacking trip around Germany, I went west to the country’s biggest state, North Rhine-Westphalia. There are tons of interesting cities in that region but I decided to focus on the two I had heard the most about Düsseldorf and Cologne. So, I strapped on my backpack and moved onwards … More Düsseldorf, Wuppertal, Köln; Funny Names, Cool Destinations

Hamburg; A Surprising Blend of Old & New, Man & Nature

So if I was surprised by how much I loved Leipzig, I was absolutely blown away by how much I love Hamburg. After my relaxing time in the beautiful city of Leipzig, I took a train north to a city I hadn’t really heard much about. Everyone thinks about Berlin when they imagine a bustling German … More Hamburg; A Surprising Blend of Old & New, Man & Nature