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

One Month Hiatus

Tuck Frump

Since moving to Germany, my goal has been to publish a post at least once per week. For the most part, I’ve been able to keep up with the goal I’ve set. However, you might have noticed that the blog has been suspiciously inactive for a few weeks now. This is because I’m currently taking the CELTA in Berlin. The course is…Continue Reading

Moving to Germany as an American

moving to Germany

So, I want to focus on the good! I really enjoyed the two weeks I spent in Germany over Christmas break in 2015 and, although I know a vacation is far different than actually living somewhere, I am looking forward to exploring the country, as well as the rest of Europe.

John Oliver in Detroit

Last Friday, Jan and I saw John Oliver perform stand-up at the Fox Theater in Detroit. To say we were both pumped would be an understatement; I bought the tickets the very first day they went on sale in July. I’ve been a fan of Oliver since his time on the Daily Show as a correspondent, and even though Jan…Continue Reading

Escaping Reality, One Adventure at a Time

I’ve always found real life to be incredibly boring. If there are multiple universes, then I have been done a great cosmic injustice. I was destined for a universe full of magic, adventure, and maybe the occasional dragon, not this world of 40 hour work weeks, bills, and monotony. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed fantasy and science fiction media. It…Continue Reading

Halloween Party 2016

Janet Snakehole Halloween Party

This past Saturday, Jan and I went to our friend Rob’s annual Halloween party. My phone didn’t agree with the lighting in most of the house, so my pictures didn’t turn out great, but I did manage to get a few that were great quality for a camera phone! …in 2010.

And Then It Dawned On Me…

Many people talk about changing for the better as though a sudden realization hit them out of nowhere, forcing them to embark on a journey of self-improvement, never to look back. But for many of us, our shortcomings have always been obvious to us, with no moment of clarity needed. They sit on our shoulders, whispering reminders of our imperfections in our ears, so that we never…Continue Reading