A Weekend in Berlin

Germany’s Capital This weekend, we took the DeutscheBahn from Bielefeld to Berlin for an unscheduled no-itinerary weekend in Berlin.  We didn’t even know what we wanted to do, only that we wanted to eat good food (preferably Asian) and go to a museum (preferably history).  We stayed outside of the historical section of the city, […]

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 […]

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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A Weekend in Bonn

48 Hours in Bonn This weekend, I took the train from Bielefeld to Bonn, where Josh has been living and working for the past month.  He is working at the Hausdorff Research Institute for Mathematics (HIM), in partnership with Universität Bonn. This was my first time leaving Bielefeld by train and traveling by myself.  I […]

The Bielefeld Conspiracy

Bielefeld Doesn’t Exist When you go searching on the internet for useful information on Bielefeld, good luck finding real answers.  Hop on any forum, thread or discussion board asking for things to do while visiting Bielefeld, or god forbid if you needed urgent information, don’t be surprised if all the answers say: “Bielefeld?  That place […]

The Expat Impostor

It’s normal to experience doubt.  It’s normal to think to yourself, “I can’t do this.”  That’s called being a human.  But withholding everyday activities out of fear of failure, not allowing yourself simple joys because you don’t think you’re “good enough” is not normal.  There’s a phenomenon often found in academia where people are flooded with thoughts of inadequacy and are left questioning their competency. Moving overseas can tend to exacerbate these feelings. I learned that the hard way.