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A year in pictures

On August 20, 2013, I arrived in Frankfurt, Germany to begin a year-long adventure. Since my arrival, I have visited six different countries, seen dozens of cities, met countless new and old friends and taken thousands of pictures. It has been an incredible journey, and as a way of reflecting on this year, here is one photograph from each month that I think best sums up what I saw or experienced that month. 

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A photographic tour of Fulda

As my time here in Fulda draws to a close, I realize now I didn't do a very good job of posting more pictures to give people a better idea of what the town really looks like. Anyone who's friends with me on Facebook is probably numb to my photo uploads at this point since I do them so often (I like documenting things, ok?), but I've really neglected showing my home some love on the blog.

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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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Demystifying the German educational system

I often see members of the American media praising the German school system, but it seems to me people still don't quite understand how things work here. Here is a breakdown of how secondary education (generally) works in Germany, in terms of what schools are like and what options students have upon completing their education.

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(Mis)adventures in German Bureaucracy

The idea of moving to Europe is certainly a lot sexier than the reality of it. This was a Facebook status I posted a few days ago, and I think it captures my first few weeks here accurately. Which isn't to say I'm having a miserable time, but my experience is definitely proof that one does not simply up and move to a new country.


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