11 Lessons Learned from Living Abroad

Life is full of lessons. In fact, that is the main reason why humans exist – to learn and evolve in a forever-changing universe. Life has taught me many lessons. Thanks to traveling and living abroad, the world has been my teacher and taught me more about life and myself than any textbook I’ve read […]

11 Things You Didn’t Know Are German (that America Inherited)

What do gummy bears, hair perms and gingerbread houses have in common? They are German inventions or traditions that made way to America. It’s amazing how many American roots are seeded from Germany. These are 11 interesting and humorous things America, and the world, got from Germany. Gummy Bears Germans love gummies like they love their […]

My 9 Favorite German DJ’s

As a 90’s child, I remember the first bouts of techno music that became mainstream. Songs like “Sandstorm” and “Zombie Nation” were my favorite electronic-beat songs. I like house, electronic and minimal-techno music for what it is, but these ambient beats inspire my creativity. I listen to a variety of house, lounge, techno, electronic and […]

10 Things that are Still Kickin’ It in Germany

Long before smart phones and modern trends, humans used “historic” tools for daily needs. Leather jackets kept us warm on a cold winter’s night. Samsonite suitcases carried our goods across the world. And, flip phones called and texted loved ones outside of our home. In America, what seems like an “ancient” 90’s trend is still […]

11 German Qualities that I Admire

Every culture has stereotypes. Germans are known as the world’s most efficient and forward thinking creatures. And to that notion, I agree. At first, I found it difficult to tap into the German culture. I could not “put my finger” on my perception of a typical German besides being too honest, stubborn and rude. Germany […]

10 Reasons Why Hannover is an Amazing Place to Live

When a person says, “I am moving to Germany,” most assume he or she will move to Berlin, Hamburg or Munich. The “Big Three” cities are known for its culture, cafés and constant nightlife. But, for me, life had a different path. I first arrived to Hannover and heard a German saying that translates to, “Nothing is […]

Grünkohl Tour: A Northern German Tradition that Celebrates Kale

Have you ever experienced a grünkohl tour? I never experienced, let alone heard about, a grünkohl tour until to moving to Germany. Several years back, my husband hosted four Germans on a fellowship in Seattle and met with high-up city and business officials. The one fellow, Stefan from Oldenburg, told Tacoma city officials about the […]

A Non-Drinker’s Analysis of Germany’s Drinking Culture

In September 2012, I stepped foot into a foreign world of freedom and liberalism – German’s drinking culture. I arrived to Berlin after visiting Warsaw and Krakow Poland and Auschwitz. After reviewing the brutal mess of the 1940’s, I did not know what to expect. I noticed the young Berliners rebelling against conformity, wearing black […]

9 Things You Must Know Before Moving to Germany: Part 2

In Part One, I revealed my hectic move abroad. Changing comfort, and time, zones require countless deep breaths to overcome the many challenges. If you (or a friend) move to Germany, you must know these “rules.” Learn the Language – Before you move to Germany, learn the basic sayings. Those who learn the absolute basics […]

Things You Must Know Before You Move to Germany: Part 1 – My Story

You would think moving abroad for the fourth time would be easy? Only to one’s imagination would this move be easier than the last three. Each experience is unique and presents its own challenges. Although tough, I must say nothing can top the move to India where nervousness and fear kicked into full gear. To […]