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The Coveted “Du”: Parents’ Edition

As noted in the last post, I’ve had some interesting problems with Sie vs. Du. I’ve also had some personal victories with moving from Sie to Du with certain individuals. It may be dorky to admit this, but every time … Continue reading

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Siezen vs. Duzen: A Polite American’s Nightmare

[The Goethe-Hafis Monument in Weimar.] Even though I’ve been a student of German for about 10 years now, I still struggle with figuring out when to use the polite form and with whom. It’s obvious to call your boss and … Continue reading

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The Yo-Yo Effect

I hope you all enjoyed the pictures from my Easter Break series because as those of you who know me well, I tend not to take so many pictures when I’m not traveling. This obviously results in me posting random … Continue reading

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Easter Break Series [Part 3]: The Ultimate Prize

Schiller and Goethe- Germany‚Äôs most famous bromance pair Weimar was a surprise trip on many levels for me. My good friend, K, won this trip as the ultimate prize from the Fulbright Conference: lodging for two at the Best Western … Continue reading

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Easter Break Series [Part 2]: Home Sweet Home

Please take a moment and appreciate the following picture: By no means am I a great photographer. Shoot, I’m not even a good photographer. However, certain photos trigger vivid memories for me and this one does just that. It not … Continue reading

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Easter Break Series [Part 1]: A Fairytale in a Modern City

Nyhavn in Copenhagen Before I publish a string of posts for you all who have probably by now stopped reading this blog, I’d like to apologize for keeping everyone hanging! Two weeks of Easter Break (last two weeks of April), … Continue reading

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Old and New Adventures

(The Sehitlik Moschee in Kreuzberg in Berlin during a Fulbright Conference tour.) I haven’t blogged as much as I should and for that, I am very very sorry! I know many of you check up on this page once a … Continue reading

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A Change of Heart

As promised per last post, I wanted to share a small list with you all of a few, select reasons why the 5th graders have transformed me from the Grinch into the typical 23-year-old woman that I apparently am. (Inside … Continue reading

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The Grinch Teacher

Before I delve into this post’s topic: this section of the East Side Gallery is hilarious. Those glasses…oh those glasses. Need a historical tip? Click here. (The East Side Gallery is the longest strip of the Berlin Wall that remains … Continue reading

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When Nature and History Collide: Part 2

(Tempelhof Airport) Tempelhof Airport was the second “park” I took the Fulbright girls to on that lovely Saturday afternoon. Tempelhof is a very historical airport. Remember the Berlin Airlift during the Cold War? The Airlift took place at this airport. … Continue reading

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