My Dante Year

Dante was 35 when he got lost in the woods. He said he was “midway on the journey of our life” and then suddenly realized that he wasn’t sure about anything. He thinks “the straightforward path had been lost.” Think about that. You go...

The Super Bowl: Watching from Abroad

If you haven’t heard it already, it will be said over and over again in the lead up to the evening of February 2nd: the Super Bowl is one of the most-watched annual sporting events in the world. Exactly to what degree the “world”, as in every country not named the...

American Sports on European Central Time

For American expats living in Europe, the two greatest sporting weekends of the year are: 1) the divisional NFL playoffs and 2) the first weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament. Yes, every four years the World Cup overrides everything, but that is a different...

Tips on Being the Native English Speaker

I’m not sure there’s much to debate about English’s place as the current means of international communication, particularly when it comes to global business and intercultural exchange. Recent studies confirm this trend (here and here), particularly in Europe. There’s...

Living in a Denglish World

Denglish is combination of “Deutsch-English” and describes hybrid words and phrases borrowed between the two languages. There was a recent article in a local German newspaper about someone who sued the German Federal Employment Agency because one of its offices was...

Reflections on Thanksgiving Abroad

It’s difficult not to write an elegy for Thanksgiving. Living abroad is a blessing in that you can discover and enjoy new festivals and traditions. Here in Germany, all of the carnival (Fastnacht / Fasnet) come to mind. But that blessing is also a curse. Participating...

The Joy of Random Sports Abroad

I made the switch from cartoons to sports fairly early in life. For the Americans out there, that meant moving from Nickelodeon to ESPN. My weekend mornings consisted of SportsCenter repeats instead of X-Men and Looney Toons. I saw drama and artistry in sports,...

Tips on Dealing with Problems Abroad

If there’s one thing I’ve learned during my 5+ years living abroad, it is that problems encountered away from home somehow feel doubly difficult to manage. Maybe it’s the language barrier, or some unknown local laws, or maybe someone just having a crappy day that...

The American Dream and the Dream of Europe

Maybe they’re visions instead. After my previous post, my father-in-law rightly noted that as an expat, my wife and I are less like changelings and more like dreamers. That got me wondering exactly where and how our dreams have guided us over the past ten years....

Expat bread crumbs

Expat. It stands for someone who was one thing and has become something else. An ex-patriot, one who no longer lives inside the borders of the patria, the homeland. It’s been 2.5 years since my family and I packed up in Indiana and moved to Germany. In that span of...