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The Next Adventure

The Next Adventure

One thing we’ve come to realize as we travel is that every city has a distinct personality. Usually, we can tell within a few hours if the city we’re in is somewhere we would want to spend more time (though, let’s be honest, it’s Europe, I always want to spend more time). There are the places I’d love to visit again, or the places I feel that we only just discovered. And then there are the cities you enter where…

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Our Summer Berlin Bucket List

Our Summer Berlin Bucket List

It might be May, but summer is here in Berlin! When we’re not enjoying our grill or going for runs in the nearby parks, Colin and I are discussing all the things we want to do and see this summer. So, why not put together a bucket list? Here are a few things we’re going to make sure to do, and a few that you should indulge in if you’re around Berlin this summer. Berlin Summer Must-Dos Wander through the…

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Visiting the Computerspielemuseum in Berlin

Visiting the Computerspielemuseum in Berlin

Sometimes, we like to go on adventures that are a little closer to home. As much as we love travel, it can be nice to explore where you live. A few weeks ago, we battled the January blues by walking over the Computerspielemuseum (yup, a computer game museum) in Friedrichshain, Berlin. It was about an hour long walk away from our home, but it was so much fun and the perfect way to get out of the house without leaving…

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The Hard Parts of Living in Berlin

The Hard Parts of Living in Berlin

This post has been a long time coming, and frankly, it hasn’t been easy to write. As you can tell from our other posts, we’ve had lots of incredible times since we moved to Berlin. We’ve traveled all over Europe, shared experiences with our family, seen ancient and historic sights, made new friends, and adjusted to living in a new country. But it hasn’t been all sunshine and daisies. Yup, it’s time for that real talk I promised you. Now,…

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Celebrating One Year in Berlin!

Celebrating One Year in Berlin!

On August 28, we celebrated the anniversary of our arrival in Berlin! It’s hard to believe it was just a year ago that we dragged four suitcases and two angry cats into a taxi to settle into our new home. We were exhausted, jet lagged, and more than a little apprehensive. So much has changed in the past year, that it’s hard for us to recount! In upcoming posts, you can look forward to some more advice for newcomers to Berlin…

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The Unconventional Care Package

The Unconventional Care Package

Dear Mom,* Thanks so much for the offer to send a care package! How did you know I was missing home and could do with a bit of sweet American goodness in the mail? Now, you asked if there was anything I needed, so here are a few hints. Don’t get me wrong, I love the candy and cookies and cute things you usually send, but lately, we’re lacking a few true essentials. After all, the heart wants what it wants…

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Football or Handegg? Learning to Love the Eurocup

Football or Handegg? Learning to Love the Eurocup

When it comes to sports, Europe is a whole other world. What I think of as football is “American football” here (or even, jokingly, handegg). Soccer is football. It takes some getting used to. I hadn’t even heard of the Eurocup (a.k.a. the Euros) when we moved here. Like many Americans, I barely follow the World Cup when it comes around. A notable exception was on our honeymoon last year. We bonded with some fellow Americans in Antigua watching the US women’s team…

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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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