Should You Take Photos at a Concentration Camp?

Should you take photos at a concentration camp? People have a lot of opinions on whether you should document a visit to a concentration camp (and if so, how). For me, I came into the experience wanting to document and share the experience. The camps still exist to be seen and bear testimony to what…

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Preparing to Visit a Concentration Camp

It’s taken me a long time to write about how it felt to visit a concentration camp. For a long time, I didn’t know how to talk about them. And it is a hard thing to talk and write about (especially respectfully). But I think that’s the whole point. We shouldn’t only go places that…

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A 5-Day Paris Itinerary for First-Timers

For my mom’s 60th birthday last year, my family surprised her with a trip to Paris. My parents had come to Germany a few times at this point to visit me, and together we’d all been to Sweden, but she’d always dreamed of going to Paris. Because she couldn’t plan the trip herself, I wanted…

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The Big List of Berlin Date Night Ideas

Berlin is a busy city. And if you live here, chances are high you’ll be busy too. Tim and I both have crazy jobs that take us away from home (and each other) for the bulk of the week. So last year we decided to institute a weekly date night. We reasoned it wouldn’t just…

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A Complete Checklist for your German Settlement Permit

If you want the Gods of Process and Bureaucracy to smile upon you as you submit for German settlement permit application (or really any application in Germany, ever), my advice is simple. The more organized your application, the easier your appointments will go. Have everything neatly ordered, clipped together, and marked so that the processor…

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Getting Your German Settlement Permit 

Newsflash! On April 10, I became an official permanent resident of Germany! If you’re the holder of an EU Blue Card, you know that one of this visa’s top benefits is the early eligibility to switch from employment-dependent residence permit to permanent residency. Blue Card holders in Germany who can prove B1-level competency in German…

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Should I visit the tomb of Seti I or the tomb of Nefertari? 

Back in 2016, the Egyptian government opened two tombs that have never before been available to the public: the tomb of Seti I in the Valley of the Kings and the tomb of Nefertari in The Valley of the Queens. In my opinion, both should absolutely be on your Egypt trip itinerary. But! Each tomb…

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Choosing your Valley of the Kings tombs

It seemed completely right that we visited both The Valley of the Kings and The Valley of the Queens on the day of the dead. We saved it for our last day in Luxor—anticipating that exploring the tombs would be un-toppable. And I have to say, our assumption held right. On the list of things…

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Six Things to Know About Working Abroad in Germany

Like any aspect of an expat experience, working abroad comes with its own set of culture shock. German work culture, in general, is quite different from anything in the States, but what I found more surprising were more the differences in approach to work and employment between the U.S. and Germany. For those Americans considering…

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Five Things to Know About Living in Germany

Today marks the start of my fourth year living in Germany: this bureaucracy-crazed, rule-abiding, frankly-opinionated country. I learned so much in my three years here—and, if the expat stats don’t lie, this year should kick off a phase of feeling more at home. I’ve collected the info I’m supposed to need, my language skills are…

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