LMU Fountain Munich

THE ACTUAL COSTS OF STUDYING IN GERMANY

I have this post in my drafts folder entitled "Where To Begin". It details all the chaos (some good, other bad) that has occurred in my life since you last heard from me December 21, 2014. I cannot believe it has been six months. It is really difficult to find the right words to come back to a space I loved (and still do) and then just abandoned without explanation. Posts regarding the chaos will come with time, but I have finally found the words thanks to an article published by Franz Strasser on BBC entitled "How US students get a university degree for free in Germany". Several people shared this article with me (thank you for thinking of me, by the way) and I was eager to read it, interested in hearing what others have to say about my current academic pursuits. As I read through the article, I … Read More

CROWD-PLEASERS

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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