Floor Meat | Mistranslation Monday

If you didn’t know already, I am American. Thus, I grew up speaking American English. In Germany, however, students are generally taught British English. So, over the past five years, I have had to slowly convert my German fiancé over to my mother tongue. Unfortunately, even after five years together, Marco still uses some quintessentially British terms instead of their American counterpart. One instance of this happened last week when we were writing up a grocery list. “Add minced meat,” Marco said. “Only if you can say it to me in American English,” I replied.  [Before you think I am Continue Reading

Learning to Drive Stick Shift, Part 2

Back in September 2013, my German fiancé gave me my first stick shift driving lesson. We went from driving circles in the parking lot to driving around a traffic-filled roundabout in about 15 minutes, which was too much too fast. I was terrified the entire time, and I never got back into the driver’s seat of a manual transmission car for the next 2.5 years. Over Easter this year, Marco and I drove 800 km (500 mi) south to spend the week at his childhood home in Ravensburg. As usual, Marco drove the entire way, as I fed and watered Continue Reading

Writing My Master’s Thesis

Since I know a lot of fellow international students (or soon-to-be-international-students) read this blog, I figured I would write a little update on my current studies, namely: writing my master’s thesis. I am now in my fourth semester of my master’s program, which runs from April 1 to September 30. During this semester, I am writing my master’s thesis – a scientific work of approximately 80 pages that proves I can analyze a topic, conduct research, formulate an argument, and write a long-ass paper. Knowing my fourth semester was getting nearer, I started to think about possible topics back in Continue Reading

Day in the Life of an American Student in Germany

I know, I know. I haven’t been around in a while. First it was Easter, then it was the start of a new semester, and this blog got put on the back-burner. But I am back! Since this is my last semester of grad school, I figured I would make a “day in the life” post to give you all a glimpse into my current “student life.” This particular day (Wednesday, April 11th ) didn’t turn out quite as expected, but I still took pictures all along the way. I also want to apologize in advance for the potato-quality pictures Continue Reading