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WAYS TO CALL HOME FROM ABROAD

The wonder that is 21st century technology makes living abroad pretty easy; blogs, forums, translation apps, and communication platforms make adjusting to life away from home and in a foreign country much easier than I imagine they were back in the day. I have never been a homesick person, but that does not mean I don't miss home. However, I see my family and friends just as often as some of my friends from northern Germany in Munich see theirs and in many cases I keep in better touch than lots of people living within a 250 mile radius of home. I honestly believe if I lived in California my contact with my Houston base would not be so different than it is here all the way over in Germany. In case of emergency, both situations still require an expensive last-minute flight which is terribly … Read More

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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

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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

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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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