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

Coronavirus Lockdown: Germany VS America

coronavirus lockdown

Germany is widely believed to be one of the few countries with the Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis under control. In contrast, the world has watched how America has handled the Coronavirus crisis and collectively cringed. Of course, not all American states have responded to the pandemic in the same way. Governor Gretchen Whitmer of my home state of Michigan has shown strong…Continue Reading

Healthcare: Germany VS America

Healthcare. As the world tackles the Coronavirus crisis, the healthcare systems of many countries are under higher scrutiny than ever before. Fortunately, I can’t tell you what it’s like being treated for COVID-19 in Germany. I can, however, tell you what the healthcare system in Germany is like in general; in particular, in comparison to the USA. Disclaimer: this goes…Continue Reading

Where Do We Go From Here?

I’m not going to lie: I am still reeling from Clinton’s loss. I am afraid of dark days to come for everyone who is not a straight, white male. I spent yesterday alternating between grief and fury. I’ve done my crying and my lashing out. But today, I’ve also found the motivation to look past this horrible situation our nation…Continue Reading

Homelessness in America: Have a Heart

Reagan homelessness epidemic

Homelessness is a growing epidemic in the United States. Although there have always been homeless people, the number of those sleeping on the streets made a sharp increase towards the end of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. In fact, “…by the late 1980’s [the number of homeless] had swollen to 600,000 on any given night – and 1.2 million over the course…Continue Reading

A Working Class Hero

Labor Day

Labor Day has always felt like a pointless holiday to me; I have no family members in a union, and I worked in the service industry until fairly recently. For the few of you who have never known the joys of retail, hotel, or restaurant work: that means that any Labor Day I had off was an unpaid coincidence (usually)…Continue Reading