Colorful | Mistranslation Monday

–haft is a German adjective suffix. Examples of words with this suffix include dauerhaft (permanent; long-lasting), herzhaft (hearty), and grauenhaft (atrocious; morbid).  Today, however, I want to talk about the German word fabelhaft, which I always missheard as farbehaft. Fabelhaft means fabulous or mavelous. It comes from the word Fabel (fable). Add on the suffix –haft, and it becomes an adjective which basically means “like a fairy tale.” Silly me has always understood the word fabelhaft as farbehaft, which is not a real word. To me, however, it meant “colorful” (Farbe = color). I am pretty sure that I have been Continue Reading

Four Happy Years

Happy 4-year anniversary, Marco! Unfortunately, we do not have many pictures together, but here are some of my favorites from over the years: October 2011: Rothenburg ob der Tauber May 2012: Chicago September 2012: Pfänder September 2012: Freiburg  October 2012: Schloss Neuschwanstein December 2012: Chicago (Macy’s)  August 2013: Rome December 2013: Nuremberg July 2014: Nuremberg July 2014: Nuremberg (we take a lot of pictures together whenever we go to Nuremberg) September 2014: Lüneburg October 2014: Austria I know it is cliche to say things like: “I don’t know where I would be without you.” But my life would be very Continue Reading

How to Make Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

If you didn’t already know, I love Reese’s peanut butter cups. Actually, I love all things peanut butter and chocolate, which is a shame since I live in Germany, where this type of candy really doesn’t exist.  After getting several shipments of Reese’s and other peanut butter and chocolate candy from my family in the U.S., I finally decided to try making my own, and it actually turned out great! Yes, those are the peanut butter cups that I made! Look at that magazine-worthy photography! To make this recipe you will need: 200 g chocolate 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/4 Continue Reading

Working as a Foreign Student in Germany

Foreign students enrolled at a German university are allowed to work 120 full days or 240 half days per year. This equates to working 20 hours per week (i.e. four hours per day, five days per week). I was lucky enough to find a job right when I started studying in Germany. I worked this job for the entire first year of my Master’s degree. My contract varied between 10 hours per week and 15 hours per week, both of which I found manageable during the semester.  In Germany, student jobs at a university are usually referred to as “studentische Continue Reading

My USA Shopping List

Anyone that lives outside of their home country knows that trips back home means shopping for all of the things that you have missed and/or are not available in your country of residence. Here is [part of] my U.S. shopping list for my trip to Chicago next week: Crest Whitestrips Whitening products are extremely rare in Germany, and Crest Whitestrips in particular are nonexistent. So, these are always a must-buy whenever Marco and I travel to the U.S. Carrot Cake Mix As a kid, my birthday cakes were always carrot. I never actually missed carrot cake since I have been Continue Reading

My Kind of Town (Chicago Is)

If you didn’t already know, Marco and I are flying to Chicago next week! Since I am from Chicago, and it is my favorite city in the world, I figured I would write a little tribute post before we board our plane. I have been trying to get myself pumped up for going back to the U.S. by checking out the latest things that are going on in and around Chicago. Earlier this year, Chicago launched a $2.2 million tourism campaign titled #ChicagoEpic. Not a big fan of that campaign name, but oh well. Here is the first commerical advertisement Continue Reading