Ausländers

Our first visit to the Ausländerbehörde (foreigners office) was supposed to be a confident and hopeful one.  Instead, I left frozen and terrified.  With paperwork in hand, our goal was to apply for resident permits.  Josh’s permit was easy.  He had proof of employment within Germany.  I, however, worked for a US company and couldn’t […]

6 Simple Things Germany Does Right

Germany does a lot of things right.  It’s safe, clean, affordable, and efficient (German engineering is no joke!).  Every day I see something so simple and common to life here that would make a big difference back in the States.  Germany isn’t perfect.  No place is.  Here are 6 characteristics that make this country stand […]

All About German Christmas Markets

I think the Christmas markets started as a way for people to keep warm in the winter.  The combination of Glühwein and bodies comfortably oozing from stand to stand is the only way we can stay warm outside.

5 German Gift Ideas for Christmas

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Locked out of Germany: 5 Things I Learned

It can seem unwelcoming coming to a country where every door is already locked for you. You’re instantly locked out of culture, language, community, a sense of place or direction. And it doesn’t help when you lose your keys. Most house doors in Germany lock automatically, meaning if you leave your keys inside you’re locked […]

A Sense of Place: How Living Far from Family Helps Create my Own

We have been invited to 6 weddings since moving to Ohio. One in San Francisco, 2 in Orange County, 1 in Colorado, and another 2 in San Diego. I am exhausted from the traveling, cried-out from the ceremonies, and overwhelmed by the love whenever we show up to these events.  But every time I get […]

Books about books

I am great at getting lost in a library or a bookshop–It’s the fist place I look for when I move to a new town.  My library card is a badge of honor, a mark of citizenship (For how much I love throwing things away, I still have my Fort Collins Library card in my […]