Learn a Language as Painlessly as Possible

I’ve been struggling with German for some time now due to many factors in my life. Here’s a link to one of my numerous German posts. Anyways, since we received some extra money at Christmas time, I thought I’d finally get my butt moving on learning German, so I signed up for the Goethe Institute. They’ve been around for decades […]

Bloomin’ Bullshit

About five years ago, we were living in a flat (an apartment) on the second floor. You had to go up a few stairs, landing (first floor), more stairs, landing, and more stairs to reach the second floor. My husband was at work. It was morning when my niece called, which was her evening. I can’t recall what we were […]

Knock Knock

Is anyone home? I AM NOW!!!! *wipes sweat from forehead, takes a gulp of water, and continues typing* “Home is where your story begins” For the past 2 months, my husband and I have been prepping to move, moved, getting our new home ready, and cleaning up the old flat. It’s been non-stop. Last summer, we spent so many days […]

My Bad! Language Barrier

For those who don’t know, I’m an American living in Germany; an expat who still hasn’t mastered the language…or in my case, still is juggling the articles, das, der, and die. Since living here, I’ve had a bad habit of saying, Ja (Yes) to everything people say. Occasionally I’ll let them know my German isn’t the best, but for the […]

Much To Learn About Our Ancestors

I’ve really been getting into genealogy and history. While looking into my own ancestors, I’ve also been watching a few shows regarding genealogy, history, and travel. I’m addicted to House Hunters International. To me, it’s fascinating to hear why people decide to move to another country, whether alone, with a significant other, or as a family. Reasons range from taking […]

Going to the Doctor – America vs. Germany

Many of us aren’t fans of going to the doctor. We’d rather pretend our cholesterol or blood pressure is normal. Or the holidays are to blame for our additional weight gain, even if we’re not quite sure which holidays we’re referring to. For whatever reason, visits to the doctor make many of us uncomfortable. When I began this expat journey, […]

Why Don’t You Speak German?

Ah, the infamous question I come across in Germany. The woman at the DMV, who mumbles German. My doctor, who understands English but doesn’t speak it. The German woman down the street, the Polish neighbor who wants to talk to me, and then my husband’s family. It’s interesting how I never asked an immigrant in the U.S. why they don’t […]

An American Immigrant

Life is magical if you live it. If you look outside the box, move outside your comfort zone, question government, converse with people, and enjoy the beauty of the world. Through my life, I’ve always been one not to conform to the norm. Traveling was always something I enjoyed, and I’m one who embraces change. This set me apart from […]

How to be German

In August 2012, I moved to a small town in Germany in the North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) area. Little did I know that Adolph Hitler spent much of his time in the NRW in his early years. It’s the most populous state in Germany, the fourth largest in area, and contains four of Germany’s ten biggest cities— Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dortmund, […]