How My Father Taught Me I Was Smart

If there’s one thing I am always going to remember about my dad it’s the way he always said my name when he wanted my help. Not lingering over each individual syllable: Guh-bree-elle, but a rushed, quick whisper, each syllable scrunched into the next. It was a conspiratorial beckon, an inside joke—delivered in a stage…

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Culture Shock #7: Fußball

For me, watching soccer in Germany is like making new friends. Whenever you’re trying to establish a friendship, there comes a point that requires you to show something real. Something deep. Whether that’s admitting an obsession with astrology or sharing a love of trashy sitcoms, it’s a make-or-break moment that will either settle you deep…

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Things We Are Not Taller Than: Berlin, Germany

Nothing thrills me more than passing the Brandenburger Tor. So iconic, so stately, so scarred with history. It always instantly calls to mind the famous John F. Kennedy speech (or rather more accurately, the bits sampled in Gostan’s Klanga—an earworm if ever I had one). Tim and I took this shot on our first visit…

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Vancouver in Photos

Another plus of going on photoshoots? Everything is damn photogenic. Vancouver, in general, is a very photogenic city—I particularly loved the rich, earthy tones that echoed in both the natural and the urban landscapes. Rusty reds, chunky yellows, the blues of a thousand worn-down denim jeans. It was my first time in the city (and…

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What It’s Like on an Advertising Shoot

On a Saturday afternoon at the end of April, I posted a photo to my Instagram of me sipping champagne in business class, on my way to an advertising photo shoot in Vancouver. Obnoxious? Yes. Strategically selected? Absolutely. In fact, if you follow me on Instagram, you’d have seen a smattering of photos posted over…

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An Expat’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

There are days where I wake up and I am so damn grateful to have this expat life. Living abroad means days are full of surprises and new experiences, delicious foods and castles (yes castles!) just sitting there on the side of the road. But there are other days when nothing seems to go right,…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Place

Eye of the Storm — Berlin, Germany Prompt via The Daily Post The last few weeks have been a nonstop whirlwind of travel (a 12-day advertising shoot in Vancouver, posts to come!), the subsequent scramble for post-production, 80+ hour work weeks, and the most welcome and blissful start of the Berlin summer. With so much…

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Register to Vote in the U.S. Elections as an Expat

Real talk: it’s not too sexy to be an American abroad right now. As much as I want to blend into Germany and be an informed “citizen” of my new country, in both local and national happenings, there are cases where I feel the need to be an American. And let’s be really honest—being a…

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San Francisco in Black and White

“Sometimes the place that feels most foreign to us, is the place what used to be home.” Paraphrased from a Pico Iyer TEDTalk that I love, this sentence more than sums up the feeling I have when I visit the Bay Area now. A lot slick and shiny newness has replaced the bohemian dilapidation I…

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