The Americans

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Everything new

I’m Steven. I’m an American living in Regensburg, Germany, on a three year contract with my company. I work for a multi-national web hosting company, and our European office is here in Germany. In the summer of 2011, my manager asked if anyone wanted to work in Europe for a...
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Getting out to explore

I am an American living in Germany with my husband (a medic in the U.S. Army) and our two rambunctious dogs. I am currently pursuing a master’s in counseling psychology and am actually in the last couple weeks of my last couple regular classes after which I just have the...
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Keep Cologne Weird

My name is Jennifer McDaniel. I’m a wife, mother, and animal lover. We are originally from Dallas, Texas USA. My husband’s job brought us to Germany. He was a pilot in the military so we were accustomed to moving. When his current job said Germany was an opportunity, we jumped...
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Ali, Zoe and the Gentrification debate

My German is getting better because of Ali… A friendship of no happenstance. Meet Ali and Zoe.  Ali, Zoe and the Gentrification debate by Kelly Miller from Collidoscope Berlin You may have heard of them. Zoe takes pictures of Ali while walking down the street and posts them on her...
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One foot on either side of the Atlantic

My name’s Sophia Katharina Burton. I’m 28 years old and a dual American-German citizen originally from Washington, DC. The moment I decided to move to Berlin I was on the phone with my Opa (grandfather – ed.). The idea just surfaced, as if it had been my plan all along....
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Collidoscope Berlin

Meet our new friends Sophia and Kelly! Kelly (on the right), a sociocultural anthropology student, and Sophia (on the left), an international education specialist. They are two Americans living in Berlin. They are both lovers of all things immigration, integration, and culture related. They are the founders of Collidoscope Berlin and they...
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Bass and more

It was always fun to make music, I never really though from the start: “I am going to be a professional musician”. It’s just that I started playing in all kinds of bands and before I knew it I was playing every night of the week. It just seemed so...
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I love Germany for all of its quirks

My name is Kathleen Ralf and I teach Humanities and English at an International School near Frankfurt.  My family and I have moved to Germany from the United States five years ago with only 5 suitcases. I started writing my blog, Lehrer Werkstatt, last year in an effort to document...
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Living the American Dream in Europe

My name is Christina and I’m an American. I’ve been blogging at LivingtheAmericanDreaminEurope for about two years, minus some time off to have a son and begin to get to know him, while I’ve been an expat for about four years. For the moment my blog is about all things expaty,...
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Very considerate

I am Sabrina from the USA. I came to Cologne in April 2010. The first year here I really made an effort to learn the language. There are many things I enjoy in Germany. For example, I like their respect for the environment, Kaffe&Kuchen tradition, high standards of living and...
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That is why we are expats

I’m an American living in Freiburg. I’m married to another American, and we have three boys (6, 4, and 1). Many moons ago, I earned a degree in art history, and then I spent several years planning travel as a profession. Now, I’m the chief travel officer for our family,...
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Basically for adventure

I’m American, I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and lived in the San Francisco Bay area before moving to Munich, Germany. I moved here, basically for adventure. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to live in Germany per se, but I wanted to live abroad and...
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My own little spot

My name is Pam and I was born in Boston, but have lived in California, Connecticut and Utah a couple of times. In 2012 my husband’s job brought us to Cologne and we really like it here. When we first came here the biggest struggle was, believe it or not,...
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How things are done

I am an American living in Germany since 2007. I like fantasy novels and board games. I recently self-published a fantasy novella as an e-book and am working on the next in the series. I live in Freiburg with my wife, also an American. My life has changed here a...
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My days are filled with German moments

My name is Kari, and I originally come from the US. My background is in Linguistics and foreign languages, although I didn’t know German before my husband’s job brought us to Germany a little over a year ago. In fact, it was my first time spending any amount of time in a...
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Emphasis on simple living

My name is Deanna and I am American who is basically from Las Vegas, Nevada. I say “basically” because I was born in Las Vegas, grew up in Texas, returned to Las Vegas where I lived for another 12 years, moved to Germany for 2 years, moved to Indiana for...
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Blinding stereotypes

Any stereotype can be dismantled simply through getting to know the people as individuals. And they will tell you how typical Russian, Italian or German they are, but if we are not careful enough, stereotypes can very quickly become a negative thing. And it blinds us rather than opens our eyes....
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