September, 2013 | Live Work Travel USA

New Game, New Luck – The 2015 Diversity Visa Lottery

It’s time to put your name in the hat again, if you do not have a greencard yet. The U.S. Department of State has just announced that the 2015 Diversity Visa Lottery will be open for applications from October 1 to November 2, 2013. So get your picture taken and make sure you put on your blankest face possible, because they do not want to see how excited you are on these official application photos.... read more

What You’re Eating in America Might Be Banned in Other Countries

All expats have it and so do I: The craving for certain foods that we grew up with back home, before we moved to America. They are a piece of home, a special treat that you can’t get that easily anymore. And even if there appears to be a good substitute in American grocery stores, our guts don’t quite trust the look-a-like, so we hold off and wait for the next visitor to arrive to bring us... read more

Mathilde from Paris, France

I had the opportunity to interview Mathilde, a French expat from Paris, who left France together with her husband under one condition: It had to be a place very far away. They decided to move to Boston, Massachusetts. Why did you decide to move to America and what do you do? My husband was looking for a job abroad, and I was okay to leave my life in Paris only if we moved very far away (I didn’t want just... read more

Katariina from Finland

While browsing the web the other day, I stumbled upon a very fun blog called “Katz & The City” that piqued my interest. I was able to get a hold of Katz aka. Katariina to ask her a few questions about her expat life in NYC. Where are you from originally? I’m originally from the peaceful country of Finland. How long have you been living in the U.S. and are you here to stay? I came to the US... read more

Can You Resist These 5 American Guilty Pleasures?

We have them all, guilty pleasures that we just cannot stay away from. Every culture has its own, so does America. Here are five very American pleasures, that you’re either guilty of yourself or you cringe just by the thought of it. Mmmmh… Donuts These donuts can be really addictive, I’m living proof of that. Thank God they closed the Krispy Kreme store close to our first apartment,... read more

Housing – Should I Rent or Buy?

Moving within America is pretty easy, especially since Americans usually leave lighting fixtures and appliances like dish washer, range, sometimes even washer and dryer behind. Back in Germany, where I come from, people don’t move that often, but when they do, they pack up everything – literally. The whole place is getting stripped including lighting fixtures and if the kitchen is easy enough to... read more

Jack from Konstanz, Germany

I wanted to interview Jack Bosch for months and we finally made it happen. It couldn’t have come at a better time, because Jack, who’s real name is actually Joachim, is launching his brand new book Forever Cash today. At the end of this interview, which is mainly about Jack’s personal journey through immigration, he shares with us how he built a very successful real estate business from... read more

Child Care Options in America

Soon after arrival one of the first things you would have to do as a working immigrant parent, is finding a place to stay for your child while you’re off to work. No matter what city or state you got settled in, there are usually a handful of child care options if not more. As a stay at home parent with a working spouse you don’t need to figure this out just yet, but you might want to explore... read more

American Wedding Traditions and What It Will Cost You

Have you ever seen the movie Father of the Bride? It’s one of the very few movies that I actually own on DVD, because I just love to rewatch it. The part that I like most about it, is how much daughter Annie adores her Dad, George Banks, (played by Steve Martin) and how he eventually always does everything to make her happy. It’s a film about a typical American wedding and how costly it can... read more