Oddities and Ends

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Oddities and Ends
Stories from my life and travels as an American expat in Germany. I use humor to talk about the cultural differences, challenges, and language difficulties I've faced since moving to Germany.
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  • Culture Shock: A Quick Guide to Germany 3 days ago Culture shock. It happens to everyone. Well, everyone living in a new country, anyway. I definitely experienced my fair share during my first few months in Germany. Are you planning a move to Deutschland as well? Nothing beats experience, but with a little preparation, you can make your own move to...
  • Hiking up the Brocken in Winter 2 weeks ago The Brocken is the highest peak of the Harz mountain range in Germany. It’s also the highest peak in Northern Germany, at 1,141 meters. This, of course, pales in comparison to the 2,962 meters of the Zugspitze in Bavaria…but who’s comparing? You can easily climb to the Brocken in a few...
  • Frankenmuth, Michigan: Little Bavaria, Big Kitsch 1 month ago Frankenmuth, Michigan is a small town settled in 1845 by German immigrants from Bavaria. They had come on a mission to convert the local native population to Christianity, and had sworn to remain loyal to the Kingdom of Bavaria. To this day, Frankenmuth continues to pays homage to their roots, even...
  • Christmas Markets in Germany 2 months ago If you’re in Germany in December, visiting a Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) should be one of your top priorities. It doesn’t matter if you’re a tourist, an expat who has already been here for a few years, or a native German. You need to go! Why? Well, they’re easily the best part of...
  • Don't Stand so Close to Me: Personal Space in Germany 3 months ago Personal space is very important to your average American. Maybe it’s because we’re used to having (or coveting, in the case of many city dwellers) a lot of space. Either way, we don’t like to be near strangers; hell, many of us don’t even hug close friends or family. We say hello from a...

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Website Reviews » There are 6 reviews on Oddities and Ends

Karen Smith
21:18 PM September 13, 2017

Very astute observations into daily life. An excellent read!

Jennifer Nissen
21:44 PM September 13, 2017

Insightful and very funny!

Liz
02:17 AM September 14, 2017

I've known Jessie since she lived in the U.S., and her observations in her blog are always funny and interesting to read.

Torsten
16:05 PM September 14, 2017

Always fun to read about her daily experiences!

Ashley
18:15 PM September 14, 2017

Jessie's insights and views on the world are not only unique, they also remain relevant to the lives of people living in and out of the United States. I would highly recommend this blog for those already in Germany, people thinking about living in Germany, and for those who have just heard of Germany. Everyone should give it a read!

Rachel Quinlan
18:45 PM September 15, 2017

I love Jessie's blog! Always a fun read.

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