Rothenburg ob der Tauber.  Copyright © 2014, . All rights reserved.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber.  Copyright © 2014, All rights reserved.

Hopping on a plane and heading to Germany, well actually Bavaria, when I was 18 was without a doubt the best decision I have ever made.  I have learned a language (maybe best to say two languages, as I can speak German and a bit of Bavarian), travelled the world, fallen in love with a kraut (she likes the nickname and loves Sauerkraut more than I think is healthy).  Indirectly, I have prove to myself that I can take risks, surprise myself and my family (I think they are still getting over the shock) and best of all do something a bit crazy.  Moving to Germany with $2000 in the bank and no job lined up can be a bit exciting.


Over a decade later I am still here, well not Germany but in Holland.  I have changed and become a little less of an american and taken on some German.  Becoming an Ami-Kraut is something I am extremely proud of.  Unlike many who see it as being stuck in a no man's land I don’t see it as a loss of cultural identity but an enrichment of character.  As an added plus, this cultural adaptation has led to me becoming the Deutsch whisperer, wherein I deconstruct a German colleagues correspondence to remove it of what the majority of the world would see as


I love life in Europe.  There is so much to enjoy, despite some of the idiosyncrasies.  Yes, taxes in Europe are a bitch.  But as long as you stay patient it gives so much back and can help you enjoy so many of the finer things in life.


Beyond life as an expat I enjoy travel, photography, learning, film, video games, fitness and much much more.  And I intend to use this blog to throw my two cents on these topics into the void that is the internet and see if anything comes back.


When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.
— Friedrich Nietzsche