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Month: June 2016

One Perfect Day on the Isle of Skye

One Perfect Day on the Isle of Skye

“Sing me a song of a lass that is gone, Say, could that lass be I? Merry of soul she sailed on a day Over the sea to Skye” – The Skye Boat Song, theme to Outlander Maybe you recognize it as a beautiful backdrop in Stardust, maybe you too watch Outlander and love the theme song (which set Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem to the music of the Highland tune about Bonnie Prince Charlie), either way, chances are if you’ve heard of beautiful places,…

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There and Back Again: A Berlin Story

There and Back Again: A Berlin Story

Moving to Berlin was a bit of a homecoming for me. Almost seven years ago, I wandered these same streets for a semester abroad. I was excited to return, but I found a lot had changed. Here are some main differences between my time in Berlin then and now: My German: In 2009, I had finished 3 language courses and was taking a fourth plus history and literature in German. Later, after several years of disuse, I only remembered the fundamentals: Ein Bier bitte (one beer please). Apartment…

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A Hamilton Fan Living Abroad

A Hamilton Fan Living Abroad

Do you have Hamilton fever yet? Chances are, if you live in the United States, you’ve heard of Hamilton, the hip-hop musical about America’s founding fathers that is sweeping the nation. How big is it? Tickets are going for thousands of dollars a seat, it’s nominated for a record-breaking 16 Tony awards, and the cast even performed at the White House. Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, it chronicles the life of immigrant Alexander Hamilton, his rise to Secretary of Treasury and his death at…

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Coming Soon to a Blog Near You

Coming Soon to a Blog Near You

Now that this blog is off and running, we want to give you an idea of what you can expect from future posts. Just to whet your appetite, here are some categories you might be seeing on the blog soon: Berlin Life We made the big move from California to Berlin in August of 2015. In the last ten months, we’ve learned a lot, laughed a lot, and generally had “all the feels”. So we’re going to fill you in about what the…

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Reclaiming Adventure

Reclaiming Adventure

When Colin was growing up, “adventure” was a bad word. Get lost? It’s an adventure! Getting caught in freezing rain and almost sliding off the road? Another adventure! Car died in a blizzard? You get the picture… It got so bad, that Colin’s family is a little superstitious about that word. You certainly wouldn’t declare something an adventure before heading out, or else you were probably dooming that trip in some horrible way or another. The few times I tried…

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