Meeting Mrs. Nobody

It all began yesterday, when Mrs. Nobody lost the key to her apartment. Mrs. Nobody is my next-door-neighbor, and I am calling her Mrs. Nobody because her real last name is just one letter away from the German word for “nobody” (niemand). Mrs. Nobody is also a fitting name for my neighbor because of her age and gender. Although I had heard about the “invisibility” of elderly women before, I had never thought much about it. This was probably because I myself was guity of making these women feel so invisible. Anyways, here is everything I knew about Mrs. Nobody Continue Reading

August Favorites

Seeing as its the last day of August, I figured I would try something new as I reflect on the month: share all of my favorite things from August with you! This month I spent a lot of time stressing over paperwork and applications, then attempting to de-stress every evening in front of the TV. So, I have a mix of things I discovered and rediscovered over the past few weeks that all basically belong to the genre of “sit on the couch and eat junk food.” Enjoy! Movie: Victoria I watched this movie on a whim one evening while Continue Reading

30 before 30, Update #1

I turned 26 last week! Yay! Last year, when I turned 25, I made a 30 before 30 list — that is, a list of 30 goals I want to accomplish before I turn 30 years old. Now is the time to check in and see what progress I’ve made! 1. Finish my Master’s degreeCurrently writing my thesis! Assuming I pass, I will definitely be able to check this off by next year! 6. Read 100 booksLast year, my Goodreads profile was at 56 books. Now I’m at 71, which means I’ve read 16 books in the past year. That’s not a Continue Reading

Then and Now

In November 2011, Marco took me on our first weekend getaway to the coast of the Baltic Sea near Lübeck. We stayed in a little beach house (albeit not directly on the beach), where we cuddled up in front of a wood fireplace and made a short day trip to the Lübeck Christmas market. Four years later, Marco planned another little getaway to the Baltic Sea. This time, we ventured a little further north to Kappeln, which is about 45 minutes south of Flensburg, and the house we stayed in really did sit right on the shore. In fact, we 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

30 Before 30

I turned 25 last month. So, I figured this a great time to make a 30 before 30 list — that is, a list of 30 goals I want to accomplish before I turn 30 years old. Deadline: July 8, 2020. 1. Finish my Master’s degreeThis one should be done by September 2016, which means it will probably be one of the first to be crossed off this list. 2. Attend a Bundesliga gameAlthough I have been living in Germany for over 2 years, I have still never been to a professional soccer game! 3. Find a job I loveThis would Continue Reading

Top Picks on Netflix Germany

I never had Netflix when I lived in the U.S. Now that it has come to Germany, however, I am obsessed. Although I know many expats complain about the selection of Netflix Germany vs. Netflix USA, I am pretty happy with it so far. So, I figured I would share what I have been loving on Netflix Germany lately for my other movie-streaming residents of Germany. Oh, and if you do not have Netflix or live in Germany, then just consider this a  list of movies and TV shows that I have been enjoying lately 🙂 TV Series 1. Orphan Continue Reading

Car Gram | Mistranslation Monday

A few weeks ago, the German boyfriend and I went to his biannual family reunion in the Austrian Alps. This reunion was quite different than when I went two years ago, mainly because of how much my German has improved over the past two years. So, unlike last time, Marco’s cousins no longer spoke English to me, and I was able to keep up with the Swabisch dialect begin thrown around pretty well. One of the only times English was spoken the entire weekend was when we were testing Marco’s youngest cousin, Dominik, on how well he could speak English. Continue Reading

Welcome to Germerica

In case you haven’t noticed already… is now I first created this blog nearly two years ago when I was first preparing to move to Germany, and at that time, I was more than happy to be known as “the American.” Now that I have been living, working, and studying in Germany for over a year, however, I have realized that I do not want to be branded with this label by all of my friends, classmates, and coworkers. And as someone that studies digital media and works in marketing, my blog does tend to come up in conversations every Continue Reading