Browsing Category

Life Stories

Berlin cross cultural stuff expat blog Life Stories Local Blogs Observations opinion Society thoughts

Happy Halloween

For the last couple of days, on the news feeds of my social media accounts, Halloween jokes have been shared and costumes and make-up presented with a pinch of pride. Growing up in Berlin and never having been anywhere near the United States or Canada, this holiday had always appeared to me as something…let’s just say “rather American”. Even though one can find tons of decorations for this theme, I have never seen…

Continue Reading

Berlin commentary cross cultural stuff expat blog Germany Life Stories Lifestyle Observations opinion Society thoughts

Germans and Small Talk

I started watching a vlog by a charming American woman who lives in Munich with her German husband. In her cheerful voice full of positive energy, she talks about living in Germany, explaining different aspects of the daily life here to those from abroad while also addressing habits and the lifestyle in the United States. In one of her  videos she talked about how small talk is not really a thing here in Germany…

Continue Reading

Berlin commentary expat blog Germany Life Stories Observations opinion sarcasm Society

Being a Local in Berlin

  A while ago, I wrote about why traveling to other places can be so much more exciting than one’s own hometown. Today’s subject of my random thinking session after I had finally finished my French revision was what makes the difference between living in a country compared to just visiting it for a few days. When you become a local somewhere you notice that the carefree days of being an explorer of…

Continue Reading

Berlin German College Life Germany Life Stories Observations opinion Uncategorized

What is Education in University?

The first semester is officially over but now that I think about it, I don’t really know if I have learned anything entirely new. I am not so sure about whether there has ever been a moment when I said to myself: “Wow, there is no way I would have known this or that about the German government system or the Cold War or research methodology. had I not been in university.”…

Continue Reading

Berlin German College Life Germany Life Stories memories Observations thoughts Uncategorized

End of Term Thoughts

It’s been three hours since I have been sitting inside the Philological library of my university (we lovingly call it “the brain” because of its shape) and I can’t believe that I have another two hours until my French seminar, which I actually can’t afford not to attend and therefore don’t have time to go back home in between. Looking at the bright side of things, my desperation may have been bigger…

Continue Reading

Life Stories thoughts Uncategorized

Peaks and Valleys

  Originally posted on my very first blog Peace.Joy.Pancake.   If it weren’t for the sad moments in life, we probably wouldn’t be able to appreciate the good and happy ones. Yet sometimes the good feelings take total control of us and sometimes the bad feelings do. Sometimes for minutes, sometimes for an hour or two but the worst case scenario, or the best depending on the feeling, is when it takes…

Continue Reading

Berlin commentary cross cultural stuff Germany Life Stories Observations thoughts

Talking to Strangers

So far I have met many people who had the ability to strike up a conversation with pretty much anyone. Yet, as much as that trait impresses me I am rarely able to adapt it myself. I am not so sure whether I am already German enough to say that I can’t stand small talk or whether this is due to the experience that last time I approached someone at random, that…

Continue Reading

Berlin German College Life Germany Life Stories Observations

All That Glitters is not Gold: On Being a College Student in Berlin

After I spent the entire summer worrying about the completeness of my application documents and about whether or not my already quite high GPA would be high enough to get me into Political Science, I now have about a month of classes behind me. It might still be a bit early to talk about any conclusions at this point but if there is one thing I learned so far, then it’s that…

Continue Reading

Berlin commentary expat blog Germany Life Stories Observations

Waiting For E.

The clip-clop of horse hooves was as common of a sound in this part of town as the melodies of words spoken in all possible languages ranging from Arabic over Spanish to Russian, Turkish and Chinese. Two brown horses were pulling a carriage down the road. Inside, two girls were laughing and chatting, two bottles of beer on the table in front of them. There was something surreal about this scene. The giant,…

Continue Reading

Berlin Germany Life Stories Observations

Sunday Mornings on a Bike and Thoughts on Feminism

“I should have bought a folding bike. Yes, definitely a folding bike”, I kept repeating to myself while I tried to get that monster of a bicycle up the stairs from the cellar onto the ground floor. I already had a feeling that my life here, as well as my future blog posts will have stairs mentioned in them quite often. That is exactly why we have to become strong and independent…

Continue Reading