Transatlantic Reads

I’m coming home for Thanksgiving! Can you believe it? Hours and hours of plane travel paired with potentially a lack of water and an excess of reading material and turkey… both mildly concerning and exciting all at once. In excuse for this upcoming deluge of books and reviews, I didn’t read anything last week. Pause…

Two Days Before the Apocalypse

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s two days before the US election… and there’s some mild panic around the Internet, within my own country and abroad. Will Hillary Clinton trounce Donald Trump, or are well all fated to face World War 3 in the next four years? I’m trying not to stress about it too…

Salmon, Butternut Squash and Carrots

It feels like months since I’ve written an actual blog about something reasonable that I would cook in my kitchen without 500+ Indonesian spices. Given it’s winter and soup season, it’s about time. As many of you know, I’m a huge proponent for salmon (Omega-3) and all of the veggies possible. Normally, I would say…

Rolling Into November

Somehow, today is Halloween. I’m not entirely sure how a month of life has suddenly passed by, but there must be some sort of trickery at work. It is the season, right? It seems like it’s only yesterday that I arrived in Berlin, sorting out bureaucratic details and various memberships (perhaps the most German thing of…

Judging the European Convention on Human Rights

How does a country judge the worth of following sets of basic human rights? Is it possible that any country could survive the political and cultural fallout of leaving such an all-encompassing document and set of norms? Before Brexit, not many analysts – let alone political leaders – would imagine that any country could break…

Bringing Pancakes to Berlin

If I had to choose one recipe that I practically never cook, but that reminds me of home in the best ways possible: I would choose pancakes. As a child, I made them all the time, dropping the whole bag of chocolate chips into the Bisquick batter (because yes, in America – we don’t actually…

Coming Home to Berlin

What is home? Can you define home as a place where your family is from? Categorically, yes. I would also hazard a guess that home somehow includes people, familiarity, comfort and somewhere with the potential for growth (both personal and professional). Home doesn’t have to mean one particular set of longitude and latitude points, even…

(A Decade Later) – It’s Autumn!

That’s right, you heard it here first – it’s fall, autumn, the time of colorful leaves falling, pumpkins, pumpkin-spice lattes, hayrides, scarves, sweaters, cozy reading nooks and halloween. You could say I’ve been waiting for this season since the last time it bade us farewell and you’d be right. Autumn is by far my favorite…

Leaving Berlin

Before I start this post, I want to emphasize that I wrote most of what’s below while having a little breakdown on the flight back to the USA, the exact opposite place I wanted to be going. That does not mean, of course, that the feelings are not genuine. They most certainly are, and part…

Crisis After Travel

You might be wondering what I’ve been up to for the last… oh say month or so? I’ve not been exactly on point when writing out my weekly vignettes about life, liberty and the pursuit of all of the German chocolate possible to fit in my hands (though I promise, I have tried). Let’s just…