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

The Customer Isn’t Always Right

customer service germany

If you’re preparing yourself for a move to Germany, or even just a visit, you may have come across complaints about customer service. Or, more accurately, the lack of customer service. I certainly did, which led me to dig a little deeper into the subject before our 2015 visit. Sure enough, googling “customer service in Germany” gets you a lot of results saying…Continue Reading

Restaurant Service in Germany VS America

restaurant service Germany VS America

Restaurant service in Germany doesn’t have the best reputation. Is it as notoriously awful as French restaurant service? Of course not. Still, German restaurants aren’t exactly vying for the title of, “best service in Europe.” My husband and I are the couple that always talks about cooking at home more often. We succeed for a week or two, and then slowly…Continue Reading

The Autostadt VS AutoWorld

AutoWorld

I’ve never been a car enthusiast. Unless it’s a sports car or several decades old, I have no idea what my husband finds so appealing when he points out a “cool” car.  So it may come as a surprise to some people when they find out that my favorite place to go as a very young child was AutoWorld, the…Continue Reading

Feminism vs. Egalitarianism

Every time a woman utters the phrase, “I’m not a feminist, I’m an egalitarian!” a suffragette spins in her grave. Don’t get me wrong; I believe egalitarianism is a noble trend of thought. In fact, I consider myself to be an egalitarian. However, I also consider myself to be a feminist.

Gimme Shelter

If you ask most conservatives, they would say that safe spaces impede free speech and shield students from the realities of the real world. Advocates for safe spaces, however, argue that students are well aware of the harsh realities of the world, but that they still need to know that their campus is a safe environment, free from discrimination.

Trigger Me This

A “trigger,” as defined by psychologists, is any stimuli that causes a person to relive a traumatic event. Fireworks, for example, could causes a refugee to feel as though she is back in her war-torn home country, fleeing gunfire. A man in line for a coffee may be sent into a panic attack when a certain song comes on the cafe’s playlist,…Continue Reading