How Germany has changed me

How Germany has changed me

Although the chasm between American and German culture is not as wide as, say, the chasm between American and Chinese culture, there are still many areas where it's clear that Germans just operate a little differently from us Americans. And, inevitably, after spending so much time in Germany, some of my habits have begun to change to mirror the German way of life, for better or worse. Here are a just a few of the ways that living in Germany has changed me

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The top 4 misconceptions American tourists have of Germany

The top 4 misconceptions American tourists have of Germany

Germany is a country thoroughly well loved by Americans. We glorify their beer, we admire their economy and industriousness, and we think Angela Merkel should run for U.S. president (just kidding). But just because Americans tend to love Germany doesn’t mean they actually know that much about it. Here are four of what I would say are the top misconceptions Americans have about Germany and its inhabitants.

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Sometimes, the grass simply is greener

Sometimes, the grass simply is greener

Before I begin a sentence with, "Well, in Germany they..." I try to make sure whatever I'm about to say actually enriches the conversation instead of just serving as a ploy for me to pat myself on the back for being so damned worldly. But sometimes, you do simply have to admit that parts of living in Europe are genuinely better than America. 

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Differences between German and American high schools

Differences between German and American high schools

A few months ago, I posted about my take on the German school system and how it differs from the U.S., with an emphasis on each system's approach to preparing students for their post-high school lives. With this post, I wanted to highlight more specifically the differences between German high schools and U.S. high schools based on how the schools actually function day-to-day. 

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