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Always a Surprise

Gerade oder asdjklajksbdahsbdasdjbh?” the hairdresser asked.

Well Scheiße. I don’t know what asdjklajksbdahsbdasdjbh means. I know that eine Gerade is a line, thanks to Mathe. We’ll just go with ‘Gerade’.

“Gerade,” I said.

And so it became a game of A or B.… Read the rest


Big and Brown

It looks so large in the pictures, so in reality, it must be smaller

It’s not. It’s actually massive.

It’s also brown, not black, as I had expected. So here’s an obligatory selfie.

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During my Autumn break, I had the awesome opportunity to travel to Paris with my host family.… Read the rest


My Ballot Abroad

En route to Chicago, on July 31, 2014, is where I completed my first election ballot.
I hurriedly filled out my absentee ballot for my vote in the Michigan Primary, and handed it to my parents as I stepped out of the car at the Detroit Metro North Terminal.… Read the rest



This Blessed Box

Of course I expected differences between US-American and German households when I began my exchange experience. What I did not expect was for this difference to manifest itself in the form of tissues.

Tissues? Yes, the approach to nasal hygiene management across the pond is quite different.… Read the rest


Düsseldorf and Aachen

Düsseldorf

I spent the last weekend with my host family in two exciting new cities. On Friday after school, my host siblings and I took a train from Kall (the next village over, where the nearest train station is located) to Köln, and then on to Düsseldorf, where my eldest host sister lives and studies.… Read the rest



718 Years in the Making

It was a fascinating time to be in Scotland this past week. Aside from the tourism and exploration of Edinburgh, I found that the heated movement for Scoh’ish independence was very interesting. Call me ignorant, but truth be told, I did not know much about English-Scottish conflict prior to my visit.… Read the rest




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