Applying for German Permanent Residency with an EU Blue Card

Today marks my 33rd month in Germany. It may seem a little odd to count time in months if you aren’t the parent of a toddler, but as an expat, tracking the time of your residency makes by months more sense. With my particular visa, the EU Blue Card, I’m eligible to apply for German…

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Exploring the Egyptian Museum

I learned the phrase, “an embarrassment of riches” in a college poetry class, but I never fully understood it until we walked into the Egyptian museum. Many museums around the world have Egyptian pieces or play host to Egyptian exhibits, whether temporary or permanent. To have one stone sarcophagus, one golden mummy mask, one ancient…

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How to Avoid the Cairo Scams

Cairo is pretty well-known for tourist scams, and falling for one can ruin your day (or worse, your trip). So, how can you avoid scams in Cairo? Research and street smarts will definitely help, but at the end of the day, a confident, firm voice is going to be your strongest line of defense.

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How to Spend a Few Days in Cairo

Cairo is often in the American news for all the wrong reasons, but there’s more than a few reasons to dedicate a portion of your Egypt trip to Cairo. First of all, it’s huge—the largest city not just in the Middle East and Arab world, but on the continent of Africa. Nicknamed, “The City of…

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7-Day Egypt Itinerary Without a Tour

I entered my thirties with one goal: to get out of my comfort zone more often. Our recent trip to Egypt flung the door to my comfort zone wide open, and with surprising gentleness, ushered me out of it. What exactly does that mean? Well, it was way easier to tour Egypt than I imagined…

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5 Places in the Midwest Worth a Visit

This guest post was written by Michelle from Travel After Five, a blog specializing in tips and guides for traveling professionals.  The Midwestern United States has a lot to offer, stretching from North Dakota down to Kansas, and east to Ohio. Besides some of the nicest people you will ever meet, the Midwest has a…

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The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Berlin is having what all the Germans assure me is the mildest November in living history. To top off these golden days, I got word at the end of November that Daniela from The Grumpy Camel awarded me the Sunshine Blogger Award! The Sunshine Blogger Award is peer recognition for bloggers that inspire positivity and…

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Best Backpacking Spots in South America

The Travel Mantra rounded up a bunch of the best spots to visit while backpacking in South America—and my tip to do a boat trip through the San Blas Islands made the list! Check out the write-up (and a bunch of other great destinations) here:

http://thetravelmantra.com/backpacking-south-america-alone/

Travel Inspiration: The Parthenon in Photos

Country 30: Greece | This post is the final part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! We visited the Parthenon with barely an hour to spare before the gates closed. Seeing this ancient site at golden hour was nothing short of magic—the way the light lingered on the white stone, the rest of Athens spread…

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Why We Should All Go to Auschwitz

Country 29: Poland | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here. Many of us know Ray Allen as an NBA player—I used to love watching him play for the Celtics when I lived in Boston. But I had no idea he was also a gifted writer. He penned an opinion piece on why…

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