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Americans about Soccer and some World Cup predictions

The World Cup is in full swing and if you’re an expat you are probably rooting for more than one team. In my case, I root for Germany and the USA. What a coincidence, that they are also in the same group and will play against each other next week. Go Germany!!! As you’ve probably heard, soccer is not the most popular sport in America, which is true. NFL Football and Basketball are still... read more

14 American Mysteries I Haven’t Solved Yet

  When was the last time you were really puzzled about typical American behavior? For example the obsession over the greenest lawn, cheese everything or the mysterious gap in bathroom stalls. I notice stuff like this all the time and while it’s sometimes frustrating (see 70 degrees), most of the time it’s just amusing. We do live in a different culture and that comes with a ton of... read more

My 9 Biggest Struggles During my 1st Year in America

It would be too easy, if everything would go super smooth when moving into a foreign country. America is a great country, but there are also some things that can really challenge you during your first year. If you’re a seasoned expat, you know exactly what I’m talking about. True to the fact that you can never have it all, each expat struggles with a few things that are unfamiliar or just... 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

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

Cutting the Cord… and Your Monthly TV Bill

I remember how excited I was when I first signed up for my new TV, Internet and Phone package in my second week after moving to the US. A wide screen TV was one of our first pieces of furniture and of course we signed up for a bundle with over 100 channels plus some premium channels like HBO and Showtime. Our excitement about all these different TV channels suddenly died down about six months later, when... read more

Kickstart Your Vision with Crowdfunding

“Please support my kickstarter”. Have you heard something like this from one of your friends lately? Kickstarter is the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, based in New York City. The company makes it possible for entrepreneurs, small businesses and creative individuals to raise money for their ideas or projects without having to rely on a bank loan. At the same time they can feel out... read more

Halloween in America – Creativity at its Best

We’re near the end of the scary season with the grand finale coming up on October 31 – Halloween. Inspired by ancient Celtic traditions with giant bonfires to ward off roaming ghosts, Halloween was brought to the U.S. by the many Irish and Scottish immigrants who came in masses during the 19th century. Its popularity grew so much that by the beginning of the 20th century it’s been celebrated... read more

Buy an Insult at the Renaissance Festival

Yesterday I spent 7 hours with my family at this year’s Renaissance Festival here in the Carolinas. If you’ve never been to one of these medieval festivals, you’re really missing out. It’s a lot of fun for everyone, especially for fans of Lord of the Rings or the TV hit series Game of Thrones. Imagine walking through a European village in the 16th century and experience arts and... read more

Christmas in October – Santa’s Land in Cherokee, NC

What if I told you that you can take care of your annual Christmas family picture during the year without having to stand in line? You can even wear shorts and flip flops. Well, Americans wear flip flops all year long, but let’s just say you can dress lightly and get to chat with Santa himself in his own living room. You’re in Santa’s Land in North Carolina. Located in Cherokee – the... read more

Bargain Hunting at Police Auctions

The other day I spent a few hours at an auction for unclaimed property seized by my local police department. The auction itself was hosted by a professional auction company and over 300 items were up for grabs. Every six months they are selling all the items that they seized and the public can try to get a good deal on them. Here’s what I’ve learned. What items are for sale It really depends... read more

American Football Rules for Die-Hard Soccer Fans

Yes, I said it, the “S” word. 8 years of living in America has made me refer to our beloved football as “soccer”, just so that Americans know what I’m talking about. They are claiming the term “football” for their most popular sport, which is American Football, where you don’t necessarily kick the ball like in soccer, but mainly throw and carry it. And still... read more

How Churches Get Your Attention

One thing I noticed while exploring America is that some churches get really creative with their signs outside the church. Announcing the next service clearly became a little boring for some pastors, so they keep coming up with some really creative and funny references to things that are going on in life or in the news to draw attention to church and faith in God. If you’ve never been in the USA you... read more

Daily Tips, Facts & USA Information on Facebook

I’m a little tied up with a side project and my next blog post will be live soon with a little delay. I just want it to be good and not rushed. In the meantime I would like to invite you to visit my Facebook page. I come across a lot of interesting information for immigrants and I post on Facebook about once a day. There’s so much great advice, tips and facts about living, working and... read more

How to Call Back Home For Cheap

All of us had to leave friends or even family back home when we migrated to the USA. However we’re very fortunate to live in a high tech world that allows us to talk and even see our beloved ones at any time at no or very little cost. Think about our ancestors for a second and how they communicated with the people they left behind. Maybe they wrote a letter every couple years to their relatives,... read more

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