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.

29 December, 2016

Reevaluating My 2016 Blog Goals

Image source: Pixabay

Here we are at the end of another year. In honor of the approaching new year it's time to look back at the blogging goals I set for myself at the beginning of 2016.

21 December, 2016

Expat Holiday Blues

The holidays are a special time of year for most people. Christmas (or another winter holiday if you don't celebrate Christmas) is a time for family, gift-giving and, hopefully, good cheer. But for expats like me, this time of year can come with conflicting feelings.

08 December, 2016

Favorites: November 2016

Photo: Pixabay

I've decided to try something new for today's blog post, based on several inspirations. As well as being an avid blog reader I also follow many wonderful creators on YouTube (including Robowecop, Michael Aranda, Hannah Witton, Abi, Ash Hardell and more), several of whom are participating in Vlogmas, in which participating creators make videos (vlogs) every day in December (or maybe it's only up until Christmas). While I'm certainly not committing myself to blogging every day, I've decided to use their inspiring energy to motivate myself to simply blog more often in December. You'll notice I got my first post in a month and a half out a few days ago, and now I'm riding the wave of accomplishment that publishing a post always brings in order to work on the next ones.

04 December, 2016

7 Things I Loved About Copenhagen

Happy December, everyone! In honor of the final month of 2016, I've finally decided to write about an event that happened four months ago: my trip to Copenhagen!

23 October, 2016

An Update and a Success Story

Photo: Pixabay

It's been quite some time (even longer than usual) since I've sat down to write a blog post. I can't really explain this extended dry spell, except that it's simply due to a lack of motivation. Writing isn't something I like to force myself to do when I don't feel enthusiastic about it, so I cut myself some slack and let it slide.

12 August, 2016

German Men Sit Down to Pee: A Book Review + Giveaway!

I have something a bit different for you today: a book review! But don't worry, it still fits perfectly with the theme of this blog. The book is called German Men Sit Down to Pee and Other Insights into German Culture and is written by Niklas Frank (a German), and James Cave, a fellow (Irish, not American) expat living in Germany. It is a witty, tongue-in-cheek guide to life in Germany for us non-Germans out there. It's basically like a book-length version of my "differences" posts, only much funnier and without the American comparisons.

10 August, 2016

A Day Trip to Braunschweig, Germany

Today I have another travel post for you! Since I've been a bit off my blogging game recently, this post is coming to you a bit late, but I hope the fact that this trip happened almost a month ago won't be too much of a problem ;)

15 July, 2016

A Sunday Stroll Through Hildesheim

The weather here in Hildesheim is cold and gray today, so to escape the gloom I'm going to take a journey back to Sunday afternoon when the weather was beautiful. After a lazy Sunday morning and some lunch, Maxim and I had coffee and cake at Black Apron (my favorite cafe) and then we went for a scenic walk through a part of downtown Hildesheim that I'd never seen before.

14 June, 2016

Am I Being Too Negative?

This semester has been a difficult one so far, but not for the same reasons as last semester. While last semester I was simply taking more classes than I could handle, this semester the workload is more manageable but the work itself is infinitely more frustrating. The most frustrating part is that a lot of the work is group work, and anyone who knows me well (or who has heard me complain about in the last two months) will know that I HATE group work! When it's in a group of three or four it can be okay, especially if the group works well together, but this semester, at least for one project, that has not been the case.

The format and the scope of the group work that I have this semester is just baffling. I would never have imagined that 15 people could be expected to collaboratively write and turn in one assignment over the course of the semester, but that is what is happening in one of my classes. The absurdity of this leaves me speechless. If I were a professor, I would never dream of putting my students through that just so I could grade fewer papers, but that seems to be the goal here. Before I get carried away and start tearing into this laughable approach to text production, I will move on to what I really wanted to talk about in this post.