Binny from Kathmandu, Nepal

I had the pleasure to ask Binny a few questions about her journey to the US. She moved half around the globe to be with her husband and is enjoying the hi-tech life. Let’s dive into the interview… Where are you from originally? Binny: I am from Biratnagar. But I used to live in Kathmandu (capital city of Nepal) How long have you been living in the U.S. and what do you do? Binny: More than 5... read more

Happy Anniversary Live Work Travel USA – A Year in Review

WOW!! I can’t believe it’s been one year already since I published my very first post on my first blog ever. It’s been quite a journey, lots of work but also a ton of fun, especially when I get nice feedback from you. So, if you are new to my blog and would like to get a snapshot of what I’ve been up to during the last 12 months, read on… Even though my first post on April... read more

Leverage Your Savings With Gift Cards

America is on its way to become a cashless society. Almost every store and restaurant accepts some form of cashless payment, be it credit card, debit card or gift cards. I don’t carry as much cash with me anymore like I used to back in Germany. All I have with me is a very small business card holder packed with my ID and a bunch of credit cards. In the back there is a 20 dollar emergency bill in... read more

What does Schwarzenegger, Einstein, Tesla and Chaplin have in common?

It used to be everybody’s dream to start a new life in the U.S. – The American Dream. We all know very famous people, who really took their career to the next level after immigrating to America. Some of them really made a dent in history and in their field of expertise. In this series I would like to shed some light on some of these famous expats who came to America for new opportunities, safety and... read more

26 Signs That You’ve Been Americanized

Every now and then I catch myself or my wife with something that we didn’t do back in Germany. Something very American. So I thought it would be funny to list a few things that expats sometimes copy, because they are getting slowly but surely Americanized. I actually just wanted to do a “5 Signs” series, but as soon as I started my list I couldn’t stop. If you’re American and... read more

Will the Kids Be Alright?

It feels like a once in a lifetime opportunity. Your employer is offering to send you to their U.S. subsidiary, so that you can help develop an important project. It’ll be good for the company and great for your career. And you’ve always dreamed of working in America. But what about your spouse and your 3 kids? Will they be as excited about this opportunity and be supportive? Every year... read more

Interview with Chris Guillebeau

I’ve interviewed only expats from countries other than the U.S. so far in my blog. Time to switch it up a little and do an interview with an American for a change. Someone who has lots of experience with other cultures and can compare it to America first hand. I believe there’s no better choice than Chris Guillebeau for this interview, because he has literally seen every single country on this... read more

What You Should Know About Speeding Tickets

Germans like me who are used to the Autobahn probably have the hardest time on America’s interstates with its strict speed limits of anywhere between 60 mph to 85 mph. In fact, 85 mph is only allowed on a 41-mile segment somewhere in Texas. A few other parts of Texas as well as the whole state of Utah set the speed limit to 80 mph. With everybody usually being in a rush to get from A to B, traffic... read more

Imperial vs. Metric System for Expats

The U.S. is one of only 3 countries world wide, that still uses the Imperial system, also known as U.S. Standard. Well, Americans have adapted to the metric system in science, sports (5k anyone?) and medicine, but everything else is still stuck in ancient times. Speed, length, temperature, weight, etc. – everything is different. That can be quite a challenge for new expats, because they usually think in... read more

American Culture Tips for New Expats

I love when I get questions from my readers. The most recent question I got is about American cultural behavior and what could seem odd or puzzling about it to a new expat. It’s been over eight years since I had my first encounter with the American culture, but I sure remember every bit of it. So let me dive right into it and give you a few examples of what to look out for. Easy “First... read more

Having Surgery in an American Hospital

About a week ago I gave birth to this little sucker, that you see in the picture. I didn’t give him a name yet, but my co-worker drew this nice picture of it for my Get Well Card. My appendix decided to give me some trouble, so I had to have surgery in America for the very first time. And since I’ve gone through this new experience, I just go ahead and share it with you. It all started on a... read more

Winter is Coming – May God Have Mercy

North Carolina is currently in a state of emergency. Weather forecasts have already warned the public about one of the scariest natural disasters in the South. The local TV stations keep broadcasting weather updates and educate the viewers how to survive the day when disaster strikes. Schools are closing early and the milk and bread aisles in the grocery stores are already empty. People start hoarding... read more

5 Fun Ski Towns to Visit in the U.S.

Ski season is here, and that means a wide array of both elegant and quirky ski towns to visit throughout the U.S. For skiers who are passionate about great powder and a charming atmosphere, there are many mountains to explore. Here are some favorite American mountain towns that will play the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable ski trip this winter. 1. Steamboat Springs, Colorado Colorado is home to some... read more

Is the Expat Life for You?

Many people dream about moving to America, starting a new life in the Land of Opportunity and they begin to search more and more reasons why their own homeland is not good enough anymore. There are many reasons that can make you want to leave. The biggest ones are war and living in a country where you have to fear for yourself and the life of your loved ones. Fear of being judged because of your religion,... read more

USA and England Through the Eyes of a German Expat

For most of my life I lived only 500 miles away from England, but never visited until recently. I guess now, that I live 4,000 miles away, in America, made England a more desirable destination, so my wife and I recently made a 4-day trip to London. The fun thing as expats living in an English speaking country is to experience another English speaking country and to find out about the differences.... read more

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