When I lived in Germany I'd make the joke that the 4th Reich would start executing people who didn't recycle. It was in bad taste, sure, but I'd roll my eyes when my German roommates would complain about my non-green tendencies. "Why do you hate the environment?” Sarah asked one time, after seeing me use … Continue reading On Global Warming, the Long View, and Thinking More Deeply Than Donald Trump
Sorry for the click-bait title, but I'm not a cultural anthropologist. Not surprisingly, I grew fond of Germany over my two years living there. I even got used to things I sometimes found annoying (and I am speaking generally here), like the Germans’ adherence to minor rules, their formality, their being so uptight so much … Continue reading Is German Culture Changing?
All four times I’ve prepared to move overseas, the exact same rollercoaster of emotions have come. It probably doesn’t help that I left each time from Folly Beach, South Carolina, one of the more pleasant places on this planet. The two weeks before I leave are two weeks of swinging back and forth between excitement and … Continue reading Culture Shock: The Psychology of Moving Abroad (and Back)
As a teacher in the US, I sometimes feel sorry for myself. It's not because I work at a high school—despite being told “you poor thing” by strangers, I like teaching teenagers. It's also not because the pay is low compared to other professions—I wouldn’t trade my summer break for a $10,000 raise. And … Continue reading Four Perks of the German School System or Why You Should Be Reincarnated as a German Teacher
This is an old piece, the first piece of travel writing I ever did. Rereading it, I see the work of a younger man—one who had the blues and romanticized things far too hard. Without further ado: "Aloneness is a state of being whereas loneliness is a state of feeling. It's like being broke and being poor. I feel … Continue reading Romanticizing Unromantic Travel: A Trip to the Bergkirchweih