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BARING IT ALL: MY COST OF LIVING AS A STUDENT IN MUNICH

Hello all you curious cats! Due to the success of my last post about my cost of living in Karlsruhe, Germany, I'm back to bare it all German-sauna-style yet again about my cost of living in Germany, but this time as a student in magnificent Munich. As I told various people in Karlsruhe I would be moving to Munich, the response was always "but it is so expensive there!" In a way, they are correct. Munich is arguably the most expensive city you can settle yourself in in Germany. However, in comparison to other large, metropolitan, and cosmopolitan world cities, Munich is IMO pretty affordable. I will admit that putting this post together stung quite a bit when reviewing what I used to pay in Karlsruhe. However, the education I'm getting would cost a fortune in the USA, so I feel like I'm making out … 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

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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