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A Hamilton Lover’s Guide to the 2017 Tony Awards

A Hamilton Lover’s Guide to the 2017 Tony Awards

So, you loved Hamilton! Hooray! Maybe you’re familiar with the classics – Cats, Les Miserables, Phantom – or maybe not. Maybe musicals are still new to you. Well, as a seasoned musical theater enthusiast, welcome to the club! I’m here to tell you two things: You should definitely watch the Tony Awards tonight. (How else will you fall in love with new shows?) You should play Bingo. And look, I made a card just for you! Musical theater is wonderful and…

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The Great Cheddar Taste Off

The Great Cheddar Taste Off

One of the things we missed most after moving to Berlin was a true Wisconsin staple: sharp cheddar cheese. Many of the cheeses here are soft and mild, like gouda, camembert, and butterkäse. So we set ourselves a challenge to find the best sharp cheddar. We collected cheeses from various grocery and specialty stores, and invited over our friends Rachel and David for a blind taste test. Here were the contenders: Cathedral City. One of the most popular cheese brand in…

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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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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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