White Walls: Still the Sh*t

I caught Macklemore's "White Walls" on the radio yesterday while in my apartment, and, like any self-respecting person who is working on an application alone in their apartment with too much energy would do, I turned up the volume and danced around. But I stopped suddenly just two lines in because of what I heard. Or rather, because of…

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TOP 10

Here are ten more daily observations about life in Germany:Training wheels do not exists. Little kids use their feet to scoot around on a bike until they find their balance. Bikes are totally acceptable on sidewalks. Nearly all grocery stores are closed on Sunday, so you need to do your grocery shopping on Saturday, the earlier, the…

Week Three: Evening Events

Sometimes I look back at the last week and wonder how seven days have gone by and I haven't really done anything. This was not one of those weeks. The past seven days were packed with daily work, group meetings, some personal paperwork and applications for the upcoming school year, and our official IPS program…

Word of the Week: Kakerlake

This work week was brought to you by the word Kakerlake. Even if you are English-speaking, its definition can be easily inferred: just think of that annoying song, originally from another language but known throughout the US, that is ubiquitous among kindergartners and probably a primary cause of excessive ibuprofen consumption among their parents.Still stumped?Check…

Week Two: The Deep End

At the beginning of week two, I finally got settled, and just in time because things really began rolling with my first day of work on Wednesday. This week happens to be a Sitzungswoche, or a week when all the MdBs are in Berlin for plenary sessions of Parliament. In other words, it is a…

Top 10 Daily Differences

For those of you who haven't been to Berlin or Germany, here are my top ten things so far that may surprise you about daily life here: Tons of people ride their bikes to commute including women in heels and men in suits. All little kids wear helmets when on a bike, but very few adults…