The Americans

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Nothing at all to be afraid of

So much has changed that I can’t believe it’s only been a year and a half since my first interview. I’ve got back into teaching, which I never expected I would do, and I have loved it more than I ever did in the U.S.. Due to a few hateful...
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German regulations and rules

There are a lot of regulations in Germany and yes you might get frustrated by some of them…. but you will appreciate them at the end, believe me! I am working in a court doing my Praktikum and I can tell you that the court system is far from perfect ;-)…well...
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We both call Berlin home

I’m Aimee Gonzales, and I’m originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. I left my entire life behind me and moved to Halle-Saale in February 2012. Since then, I’ve made a life in Germany, I’ve moved 6 times, got a second degree, worked, got married and started an online business...
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Soccer Girl Playin’ Around the World

Hi! Hola! Hallo! Bonjour! I am 29-years-old from California and have been living in various cities in Germany since 2011. I graduated last year with an MBA from Arizona State University and started a blog called Kicks & Chronicles. I love cuisine, traveling, exploring and finding new adventures that life...
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Cheering language learners

Have you ever experienced a culture shock? Actually, yes – in the US. I know the US is rather similar to Germany but despite that it is somehow different. The people are different… it is very superficial. I asked myself if I should say something at all about myself in a...
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A long road ahead

America, where I was born, is an immigrant society. Everyone is an immigrant one or several generations back. I think, USA is the best example of the importance of immigration in the economic and social success of any country. In Germany, and in Europe in general, things are different. European countries...
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We are fundamentally all the same

My name is Chad and I have been married to my wife Amanda since 2003.  We both were born and grew up in the United States, me in North Carolina and Amanda in New York. Before moving to Germany in January 2013 with our dog Barney, we lived just outside...
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The journey of an American couple living in Frankfurt

My name is Jessica Sachson, an American from Charlotte, NC and just over a year ago I moved to Frankfurt, Germany. This was not my first experience living abroad in Germany. I had the great fortune back in 2002 to study International Business at a University in Mainz, Germany. I never thought in a...
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The paperwork would be a lot easier, though!

I am Elizabeth, an American mother of two adult children and wife of a Swabian German whose mother is from northern England. I started learning German in the 8th grade and in 11th grade lived for six months as an exchange student with a wonderful family in Esslingen, Germany, the...
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World spirit

My name is Kristen, and I’m from the Maryland/Virginia area of the U.S.A. I moved to Germany about three years ago after my (American) husband said he’d been offered a job with a small German company. I was just finishing up a post-graduate degree in teaching, and was looking for...
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I don’t have much to complain about!

My name is Jay Malone, and I’m an American graduate student at the University of Siegen, a teacher of English at several universities in the Rhineland, an author of apocalyptic dystopian science-fiction, and the founder of student advisory service Eight Hours and Change. I’m originally from Columbus, Ohio, but I’ve...
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I am more comfortable here then in the States

My name is Janice Harrington. I am a singer of Jazz, Blues and Gospel, producer and actress. I am an American, but I currently reside in the quaint city of Lüneburg, Germany, with my German husband, the talented trombone player and piano-builder Werner Guertler. My international career began in 1969 with tours for the USO...
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An incredibly multicultural country

My name is Ginger Kern and I’m originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a city on the coast of beautiful Lake Michigan. My Midwestern childhood was safe and comfortable, but after a wonderful, eye-opening trip to Europe when I was 14, I made up my mind that I was going to live...
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Chef in Berlin

My name is Jill DiGiovanni and I grew up in Chippawa, Canada, listening to the roar of Niagara Falls in the background and dreaming of being happily swept away to yet undiscovered places. In my 30’s, my dreams came true when I completed my Chef Certification in Classic Cuisine. After...
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