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MY THOUGHTS ON THE EXCUSE “I DON’T HAVE TIME”

I despise the phrase "I don't have time". It actually makes me angry when people say it because it's just plain wrong; we all have the same damn amount of time allotted each day. The difference is we all prioritize our time differently and that is what we all need to recognize. You have time - 24 hours in a day - and you are instead choosing to go work out, study, or sit in bed and relax. You know what? That's ok because that's your higher priority and we all need to prioritize things. I've missed blogging a lot these past few months, but it's not because I haven't had time. I've had the same amount of time as all of the all-star bloggers churning out posts alongside full-time jobs. Instead, I've chosen to prioritize the new things in my life such as my master's program, a new job, making … Read More

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Pommery Champagne

IT HAPPENS TO EVERY EXPAT: LEAVING

I knew this time would come, and frankly, it was supposed to come two years ago when I finished my au pair year as it originally was planned. Nevertheless, (nearly) three years passed and here I still sit in my adopted home of Karlsruhe. This all happened because I loved Karlsruhe and my life here. It's a life free of the … Read More

House Shoes

TURNING GERMAN: HOUSE SHOES (HAUSSCHUHE)

There are some widely accepted German customs I've refused to accept: - wearing a scarf around your neck when you have a sore throat (and the general overuse of scarves) - waiting at the crosswalk for the light to turn green when there's not a car in sight - being extremely straightforward - wearing house shoes That is, … Read More

European Travel Apps

11 APPS YOU MUST DOWNLOAD BEFORE TRAVELING EUROPE

Travel sure has changed since our parents were backpacking Europe. My mom likes for me to call every (week)day. I imagine if I grew up in her age, she'd be happy to see me at the airport upon my arrival back home. Thanks to technology though, there's are a lack of excuses for not checking in with mom while on the road, besides … Read More

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HOW TO: KEEP YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER WHEN MOVING ABROAD

One of the most stressful thoughts about moving to Germany for a year two years and counting was losing my American cell phone number. How would people ever contact me again? I am from Houston-proper, I can't just give up the coveted 713 area code only to move back and risk and obtaining an 832, or worse, a 281. This may sound … Read More

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