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

No Kangaroos in Austria: My Visit to Vienna

Mozart statue Vienna

I’ve recently returned from an amazing two-week stay in Vienna, Austria. I was there for the Goethe Institute’s 2-week language and culture course. We spent about 4 hours learning German every morning, and the rest of the day was centered around leisure activities. Of course, you’re under no obligation to do any of these activities. If you want, you can explore…Continue Reading

The Best of Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf deer

By Sunday morning, Düsseldorf was a ghost town. We didn’t see a single person on our way to get breakfast. Perhaps, they were all still asleep after a night of partying extra hard to Schlager music. There were a few other guests getting a bun or coffee, but the place was by no means full. About halfway through our breakfast, another guest sat…Continue Reading

Tag der Niedersachsen, 2017

Sexy Ofenkartoffeln Niedersachsen

This past weekend, we attended the Tag der Niedersachsen, which was held right here in Wolfsburg. This festival was for the entire state of Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony). I’d compare it in size to a county fair in the USA. More than half of the booths were businesses, clubs, and other organizations trying to garner interest in what they’re selling or…Continue Reading

Art Prize in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Art Prize Grand Rapids

Jan and I spent this past weekend in Grand Rapids, Michigan with some friends who were already in the area to attend GrrCon. Coincidentally, the conference coincided with the tail end of Art Prize, a massive, yearly art festival that lasts two months and brings together artists from all over the world. Art Prize is free to attend and set up all across…Continue Reading