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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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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Moving Your Dog from the U.S. to Germany

One of the reasons Tim and I love road trips is because it gives us so much time to talk—to dissect current events, compare our childhoods, and make intricate plans for the future. On the road from the Great Karoo to Cape Town, we had such a planning talk and decided that it was time…

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Year Zwei: Germany

A popular song in German radio last year had a catchy, twangy hook: “I got no roots but my home was never on the ground.” I heard it every time I got in a cab, in stores, in coffeeshops—and inevitably, it became what the Germans call an ohrwurm, or earworm. It was stuck in my…

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Guten Truthahn Tag!

“Is this your first Thanksgiving?” asked my creative director, when I introduced her to Tim at our office Thanksgiving celebration. “Oh, no,” he replied cheekily. “I’ve had 27. I just didn’t know it was a holiday then.” Smart-assery aside, Germans obviously don’t celebrate the quintessential American holiday. It’s a little strange to treat such a…

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From Hamburg to the Haupstadt

The other day I looked at the calendar and realized it’s been a month since I moved to Berlin. In that month, a ton of things have happened. To whit: Another move. Since I was 17, I’ve moved 17 times. Which is kind of staggering. But it also makes the moving process a bit ritualistic.…

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Culture Shock #6: History is a Live Bomb

“Ja, Hamburg is full of bombs.”

Three sets of eyes turned towards the voice. It was Ingo, one of our freelance copywriters. He sat, completely relaxed, behind his computer, as the three expats discussed the latest breaking headline: a bomb threat had closed the subway. Only this wasn’t a ISIS threat or a domestic terror attack. It was a (potential) blast from the past.

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Pass or Fail: Updates in the “Visa Wars”

Maybe it’s on your radar, maybe its not—but a few weeks ago the E.U. voted to implement a new policy for American tourists requiring a visa to travel to Europe. It’s the latest development in what’s known as the “visa war”—an ongoing dispute based on the fact that the United States still enforces a strict…

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