Stories from my life and travels as an American immigrant in Germany!

(Almost) Concrete Jungle: Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt am Main is the largest financial center in continental Europe and the fifth-largest city in Germany. It’s also the only city in Germany with a classic “city skyline” of skyscrapers. Some people refer to it as “Mainhatten”, because of how it (supposedly) resembles New York City. Does it? Well, I jokingly shared a photo of a cluster of sky…Continue Reading

My Favorite Things About Living in Germany

living Germany bread

There’s a lot to love about living in Germany. Lately, though—and mostly because of the pandemic!—I feel like I’ve been forgetting just how lucky I am to live here. As my husband can attest, I’ve been whining even more than usual about aspects of life here that I find annoying. In my defense…I can’t help it, OK? The last time I…Continue Reading

My Favorite German Movies, TV, Podcasts and More

A key part of learning German (or any language) is immersion. That’s tricky, of course, if you don’t live in a German-speaking country. This post is a companion of sorts to my last post on learning German. In that post, I broke down how I learned German in about three years. Unfortunately, it was already getting too long to make…Continue Reading

Learn German: Fluency in Three Years

learn German study materials

Do you want to learn German? Or, worse…do you have to learn German? I learned German in about three years. Last November, I took the TELC Deutsch C1 Hochschule exam and passed. Officially speaking (which is, incidentally, the best way to speak in Germany) I am a “proficient” or “advanced” user of the German language. If the idea of learning Mark…Continue Reading

A Visit to Post-Apocalyptic Berlin

trabant colorful Berlin

Berlin; a city that is (at least, in certain areas) post-apocalyptic in appearance even when we aren’t in the midst of a plague. Despite the pandemic, Jan and I spent a long weekend there in mid-August. The numbers weren’t great then, but they were certainly better than they are now. So, you’d be forgiven if you looked at the title and thought,…Continue Reading