The Americans

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Am I crazy or what?

My name is Kendall and I am an American, originally from the Washington DC area. I met my now German journalist husband in New York City where he was assigned at the time. When he said he was being called back to Germany, I volunteered to go with him. Back...
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The woman swims

Heidelberg is the most beautiful place I have ever lived in. The small-town pace is a bliss after five years living inside the beltway of Washington DC. My former commute included over an hour and a half of hair raising traffic. Now my biggest concern is clasping the bike lock that...
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A sense of collectivity

I’m an American who has lived in Germany since 2008 — first in Hamburg, then part-time in Berlin, and now in Bremen. I’m currently working on my PhD in Sociology and in my spare time I love running, traveling, and taking photographs. Like many expats, I first came to Germany for...
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Where the future goes

My name is Carol and I am from New York City, but I grew up in Bern, Switzerland. I have a language background, but I always wanted to become an actress and actually dedicated a part of my life to it. When I came to Germany in 1999, I was taken...
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Learn the language

My name is Sean, I’m 30 years old and I am an American hailing from the great state of Ohio. I am a veteran, blogger, self-styled beer expert, student of political science, and all-around good guy. I live with my family near Schweinfurt in Lower Franconia. Like most American in Schweinfurt,...
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On a hidden camera show

I am Joana. I was born in Portugal, raised in America (New Jersey to be exact) and I am now living in Germany. I am studying marketing at the moment, and have German class for four hours every week day. I make jewelry and would like to open a web...
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Very American moment

My name is Richard and I am an American from New York City. I met a lovely German woman in New York and in 2006 we moved to Cologne. What did you do to integrate when you moved here? I made a choice to do so. If you move to...
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American who loves to live abroad

I am Christine from the United States, Vice President of AIWCC. I have been in Germany for two years. Before coming to Cologne, I studied and worked in China where I met my future German husband. I have an insider to German culture at home. I am learning so much...
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Environmentally responsible

I am American, an East Coast girl, but was actually born in Rome. We moved to Germany three years ago because of my husband’s new assignment. I was not sure how to make it all work, changes are not always easy for me, but I integrated very quickly. I liked...
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You learn by messing things up

We came here only several months ago from Kansas City and plan on staying for two years. My husband does a training program at a big German company. What was the most difficult part when you came here?  I’d say not knowing the language and changing routines. We arrived Thursday...
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American sense of humor

You have lived in Germany most of your life. Do you feel more German or American? I am definitely American. Certain characteristics such as the American sense of humor will never be lost to me nor a certain easy look on life, which seems typical to many of my US...
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