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

Visit to the Tierpark Essehof

Tierpark Essehof Meerkats

A few weeks ago, we visited the Tierpark Essehof in (you guessed it) Essehof, Germany. It’s basically like a petting zoo, if petting zoos were fun. Well, I mean; petting zoos are fun for me, because I will take any opportunity to hang out with animals. They’re better than most people, after all. So, I guess I should say “if…Continue Reading

Toledo Zoo, 2016

Toledo Zoo monkey

This past Sunday, I took my little sister to the Toledo Zoo in Ohio for her birthday. Zoos always make me feel a little conflicted yet, never so conflicted as to not go, it seems. I do appreciate the conservation work that they do, of course, but is it really fair to these wild animals to live in such small spaces? I often…Continue Reading