26 November, 2017

How Germany Made Me More Open-Minded

Image source: pixabay

Before I came to Germany, I considered myself an open-minded person. I was accepting of people's differences, tried not to judge anyone before I got to know them, made an effort to recognize my own privilege and was generally empathetic towards other people. But when it came to one thing I was, in hindsight, not remotely open-minded: different political opinions.

24 November, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from Germany!

Image source: pixabay. Aren't the little turkeys adorable?

Yesterday was Thanksgiving, and once again the holiday passed without fanfare in Germany. As a primarily North American holiday it is only known here through the lens of American entertainment media and is not celebrated. Over the past few years I've struggled to figure out how to celebrate Thanksgiving in Germany. Do I go all out and cook all the Thanksgiving dishes that I know from home (minus the turkey, of course)? Do I go low-key and cook a few favorites? Or do I ignore the holiday completely and just do and eat whatever I normally would?

10 October, 2017

Weird German Wisdom (That May or May Not Be True)

Image source: pixabay.com

Despite what I said in my last post about considering a new direction for my blog, I'm back with another German culture post! This time I'll be talking about even more things that I've learned about German culture over the years that have surprised me, specifically some everyday wisdom that makes up part of the shared cultural awareness.

30 September, 2017

A Four-Part Update: Thesis, Internship, Future, Blog

Since this post doesn't have a theme, enjoy some nice German architecture with a side of geese :)

Hi everyone! I've finally written a new post! I've been trying to write this post for months, and I always seem to start with the best of intentions, become unsatisfied with what I've written and lose interest. I mentioned in my last update post in February that I was going to be writing my thesis, which partially explains my absence (although I did manage to get one post out during my thesis period, which I consider a success). But my thesis has been finished for almost two months and I still haven't managed to get any content out in that time.

There are multiple reasons for that, which also correspond with what has been going on in my life, so I'm going to break this post up into several sections to take you through some updates.

29 May, 2017

Why I'm Vegan (and You Should Be Too)


Many of you will already be aware that I've been a (sometimes more, sometimes less strict) vegan for more than two years. To anyone who knows me this decision shouldn't be a shocking one; I've always loved animals and I've been a vegetarian at various points in my life, including during my final year of college. So veganism was simply the next logical step, and I often wonder what took me so long to get here.

23 February, 2017

An Update: Moving, Writing and Job Hunting



Hello, dear readers! Today I'm bringing you an update about what's been going on in my life. The last time I wrote an update I had just started my fourth semester of grad school, and since my fourth semester is now swiftly coming to a close I figured it's time for another one. Things are moving forward in my life in an exciting way, so here's a look at what's happened recently and what is coming up in the near future.

10 February, 2017

Everyday English in Germany


I've written a few times about how English words and phrases are used quite frequently in German and that I see and hear English every day. Well, today I'm going to give some concrete examples of what I mean. I've already listed some examples in my previous posts about Denglisch (part 1 here and part 2 here), but this time you get even more examples from my everyday life in photo format.

29 January, 2017

I'm Turning Into a German!


When I first moved to Germany I noticed a lot of German habits, customs and mannerisms that didn't really make sense to me and that made it obvious I was in a "foreign" country. Germany, like any other place, has its own set of quirks and cultural peculiarities that make moving here from the US an interesting experience. But now that I've been living here for more than three years,  some of these things not only seem logical but I've even adopted them myself.

25 January, 2017

Denglisch Redux: The Frustration Continues

Image: Pixabay
I've written before about Denglisch, or the mixing of English words into German, but it's such a fascinating and frustrating topic that it deserves some more attention. In my previous post I focused on the phenomenon of Denglisch in general and gave a few examples of English words used incorrectly* in German. In this post, I'm going to talk more about incorrectly* loaned English words, and while I'll try not to spend the whole post complaining, my frustration will almost definitely sneak in a bit. Instead of basing the post on an article, like I did last time, I will focus on examples of Denglisch I've come across in my everyday life, whether it's in conversation, on product packaging, or in entertainment media.

08 January, 2017

"Where Are You From?"

Can I just say "Earth"? (Image source: Pixabay)

"Where are you from?" It's a simple enough question and one of the first that people ask each other when they meet. But for me, answering this "simple" question has become increasingly complicated in the past few years.