Windows in Germany

Yes, today I am going to talk about windows. You see, I have discussed this topic before with Germans, and from my experiences, I have developed many opinions about German windows vs. American windows. I first moved to Germany in August, and I remember trying to open the window in my bedroom that very first night. In the US, I have always lived in houses and apartments with windows like this: To open it you simply open the latch in the middle of the window, then either pull the bottom half up or push the top half down. But in Continue Reading

Mistranslation Monday: Frühling?

With Spring (almost) here, I thought I would share this stupid mistake I made in translation with my boyfriend’s father’s girlfriend — that sounds more confusing than it really is. We were having breakfast in their RV in Dresden one morning in October, when she wanted to show me her new clothing that she had just bought. She showed me brown sweaters and yellow t-shirts, a red scarf and a brown skirt. “Schön!” I said to her, “Schöne Frühlingsfarben!” (Nice Spring colors!) She just stared at me like I was an idiot for 10 seconds before reponding, “Ja, oder Herbst…” Continue Reading

One Way Ticket

I can hardly believe it, but I just bought my one-way ticket to Germany for July! Although I have spent a lot of time there already, I have always gone with my return ticket already booked. That means that I always spent my time dreading the predetermined end date. Although my trips were always over a month, I still spent a lot of time having to make plans around it, worry about it, talk about it, and this time I won’t be! Can you tell I’m excited? I’m pretty freaking excited. Now I just have to let my boss know…

Mistranslation Monday: Geil!

Marco drinking wine by the river Weser in Bremen I was on a day trip to Bremen in the Fall of 2011 that I heard the word “geil” used for the first time by a native German.  That German was none other than (my now boyfriend, but he wasn’t at the time) Marco. We had just bought a bottle of wine and some Kinder Überraschungseier to enjoy next to the river Weser. We were eating the Kinder Surprises as we walked to find a place to sit next to the river when a guy we walked by said, “Kinder Überraschungen!” Marco Continue Reading

Studying Abroad in Lüneburg

I studied abroad in Lüneburg for the Fall semester of my senior year of college in 2011. After studying German for about 4 years, I knew I wanted to go to Germany, and my school was only affiliated with programs to Lüneburg or Berlin. Now you may ask yourself: Why would you choose Lüneburg, city of 70,000 people, to Berlin, full of history, culture, and Germany’s capital!? The answer: $10,000 Although my reason for choosing to study in Lüneburg was purely monetary, it has turned out to be one of the most influential decisions I have made in my life. Continue Reading