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

Studying in Germany as an American

studying in Germany

Studying in Germany: the dream of every American teen and 20-something! …OK, maybe not Germany specifically; any university in Europe will do. After all, it’s free, right? Bernie said so. Well, the good news is, it is cheap. Free, though? Not exactly. Disclaimer: I’m 35 as of writing this post, and therefore An Old™. If you’re still young and full…Continue Reading

Reverse Culture Shock?

Reverse culture shock is the experience of returning to your home country after living abroad for years, and feeling as though you no longer belong. In March, I finally went back to the USA to visit my family and friends. It had been over three years since the last time I’d been in America; so, needless to say, this trip…Continue Reading

Quedlinburg, Germany: Hilltop Castles & Cheesecake

Quedlinburg street

Full disclosure, Quedlinburg only has one castle on a hill (that I know of). So, the title is kind of a lie. The singular form just didn’t sound as nice, OK? And, no, I can’t explain why; it’s not like a have a degree in linguistics or something. Just a lousy English degree. Moving on. Quedlinburg is a single-castle town…Continue Reading

Return to Leipzig, Germany

university of Leipzig

Last Summer, while many people were going abroad for the first time since the pandemic started, my husband and I played it safe and stayed in Germany. I already talked about our trip to Frankfurt, and made the (outrageous) claim that I’d have posts about my mini Summer vacations in the coming weeks. That was, of course, a lie; I made…Continue Reading

The German North Sea Coast

My husband has wanted us to take a vacation to the North Sea coast ever since we moved to Germany four years ago. The closest we’ve been is Hamburg, which isn’t actually close at all. Like camping in my home-state of Michigan, however, it’s hard to find accommodations on the coast unless you book far in advance. So, he’d put…Continue Reading

German Comedy: Nichts zu Lachen?

German comedy

German comedy has a bad reputation. Even Germans, self-deprecating people that they are, will often say that German comedy just isn’t very good. Is that true, though? First, I have to be honest and add a little disclaimer that I haven’t seen many German comedies. That may be because the first few I watched were awful, which made me reluctant…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