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Commuting on the Autobahn

Commuting on the Autobahn

I have already written a post about driving in Germany, and in it, I mentioned that I could probably dedicate a whole post to the Autobahn. Well, here is that post! Though, I’m not debunking myths as much as telling you how to drive without getting run over by an angry driver in a BMW (it’s always the BMWs).  Now I commute on the Autobahn daily, so I feel like I actually have some of the experience necessary to talk…

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Never Pay Full Price For Pizza

Never Pay Full Price For Pizza

Mr. Faultier refuses to pay full price for pizza or any other delivery service. This is probably not a surprise for anyone who knows him. In the US, if you want to order a pizza online – we don’t do phone orders, because that requires too much social interaction – you have to go to the website of the pizza place itself and place your order. Maybe you can luck out with deals, or scour the web for coupon codes,…

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6 Tips for Surviving Homesickness as an Expat

6 Tips for Surviving Homesickness as an Expat

Today we have a guest post by Alex Johnson from Currency UK. You’ve spent months planning and preparing for the big move abroad. You’ve applied for visas, found a new home and schools for the kids, started learning the language and spent hours on expat forums and blogs. Finally, you step off the plane and leap into your new life. But there’s one thing that threatens to get in the way: homesickness. Homesickness is a very common affliction. Almost every…

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Very American Questions About Christmas Trees

Very American Questions About Christmas Trees

For whatever reason, the process of getting a Christmas tree has really brought out my Americanness. I hadn’t considered myself a big stickler for traditions, but suddenly, I’m trying to recreate an American Christmas tree. I’ve made compromises, but I’ve also promised myself to stock up on certain decorations the next time we go to the US. Despite spending Christmas here before, I’ve remained pretty clueless as to how O’ Tannenbaum works here. These are some of the important questions…

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Getting Deliveries

Getting Deliveries

Yesterday I got to run around to two different places to pick up packages. It’s that busy time of the year where we are ordering presents for other people and receiving gifts from our family in America. If I were still living in the US, this would mean that I would come home to a stack of boxes on my front porch. Because I live in Germany, this means that I come home to four pieces of paper in my…

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