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Alethea

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2014-11-18

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American living and working in Hamburg for a year. Expect the following: mishaps, photographs, lots.. of cursing, and the truth about what's it's like to leave your life behind and build a new.. life in a new country.

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Latest Blog Posts

  • Dear Me, One Year Ago,
    on Jul 6, 2016
    You have no idea what you’re in for. Right now you are in Budapest with three of your favorite human beings, halfway through one of the best trips of your life. You know that in less than two weeks you’ll be back in Boston and things are going to...
  • My Life as an American in Hamburg
    on Jun 3, 2015
    That's a picture of Copenhagen, because I felt like it. Anyway, in case you couldn’t tell, this whole blog thing lost its appeal for me, for two reasons:1. I got bored. I already write for an unresponsive audience, it’s called my journal, an...
  • Lüneburg: A Story in Photos
    on May 3, 2015
    So as you guys can clearly see I have fallen off of the blogging bandwagon, yet somehow my blog has still gotten 3,300 views. Seriously, who is reading this shit??Anyway, having said THAT all that I have for you guys this time around is pictures from...
  • The Longest Post Ever
    on Apr 6, 2015
    Hello all, it’s finally April and I couldn't be happier. I’m here to finally talk about my whirlwind trip in March, mostly to avoid doing what I will probably spend the next 4 weeks doing: writing and rewriting my resume and CV as I apply for wha...
  • In which I angrily rant about things unrelated to Germany or teaching (for a change)
    on Mar 25, 2015
    ^ that's me today.So I have some quick business to address before I can begin my rant.First of all this is my 20th post and I don’t know how that happened.Second of all apparently my blog has had over 2,500 views and I really don’t know how that...
  • My Job as a Hamburger
    on Feb 23, 2015
    I’ve been promising to write about my new school and what I actually do here, so I figured it was time to talk about my position as an English Teaching Assistant. The role of teaching assistant really does vary from school to school, for example th...
  • More weird German crap, aka things about this country that I will probably never understand (and also pictures of a Venetian mask parade)
    on Feb 7, 2015
    “Moin” (a greeting which kind of means good morning but also kind of doesn't)WHAT DOES IT MEAN. Is it “Good morning”? Is it “Good day”? Is it just “Hi”? Why must it be said twice, and often in a high pitched, girlie voice? (not u...
  • Reverse culture shock and also pictures of a cemetery (I swear the two aren't related though)
    on Jan 23, 2015
    Today’s weather forecast: rain and clouds with a chance of IF I DON’T SEE THE SUN SOON I’M GOING TO KILL SOMEBODY.That’s not actually what I want to write about today, I just needed to get that out.What I actually wanted to talk about is reve...
  • Why it’s good that moving to Germany to teach English has taught me that I neither want to teach English nor live in Germany
    on Jan 8, 2015
    This time last week I was at home in Pennsylvania, curled up on my couch with a fever of 102, as my family kept their distance while providing me with copious amounts of hot tea, chicken soup, and a variety of cold medicines.To say that I was not exp...
  • How to enjoy traveling if you’re kind of a cranky asshole and sometimes you loathe humanity
    on Dec 17, 2014
    So here’s the deal; I am what I like to call an antisocial extrovert. This means that I have no problem talking to people, I am (usually) very friendly and polite, and for the most part I would rather be around people instead of being alone, except...
  • Thank god it's Friday
    on Dec 12, 2014
    Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t have a lot to say today, but I do have good news and bad news.Let’s start with the bad news.The bad news is that I got my ass kicked this week by a really bad case of homesickness/being fed up with everything/hating...
  • List Time!
    on Dec 1, 2014
    So I have been here for three months (HOW IS IT DECEMBER ALREADY), and it’s time for some more lists (and recent photos from a freezing trip to Planen und Blomen):Things I miss about Boston/the U.S.1. Friday nights in Allston, aka me and my best fr...
  • Misery Loves Company
    on Nov 25, 2014
    Guys, I’m gonna warn you right now, this post is not going to be a fun, lighthearted one.All summer long, before I left for Germany, I kept having this recurring thought that they had made a mistake in choosing me to teach. Turns out I was wrong ab...
  • Shit My Students Say...
    on Nov 23, 2014
    “Why aren't you married yet?”Student: “Stoltzfus is a hobbit from the book The Hobbit” Me: “So I’ve heard! But I’m not a hobbit” Student “NO you’re not a hobbit, you’re too beautiful”“Do you know any movie stars?”"Do you h...
  • A picture is worth a thousand words
    on Nov 17, 2014
    So I have been doing a very poor job of keeping up with this, partially because things have been pretty quiet around here the past few weeks, and partially because of things that are still in progress and which I will explain soon if all goes well. I...
  • The first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem...
    on Nov 3, 2014
    I have a confession to make:I am a workaholic.Actually, that’s not much of a confession. Anyone who knows me is aware of this fact. I have had anywhere from 1-4 jobs at a time since I was 15. These jobs ranged from scooping ice cream at a mini golf...
  • Sometimes shit happens...
    on Oct 29, 2014
    1.Wow, it seems like an eternity since I’ve written anything. I would say that I’m sorry, except that I’m not, because I’ve been too busy gallivanting around Ireland and Scotland and enjoying (almost) every minute of it.I say “almost” bec...
  • I have been procrastinating (what else is new)...
    on Oct 7, 2014
    (Look, a picture. Finally. Guys, this is Hamburg. This beautiful city is where I live.)Last week a student told me that American English sounded sexier than British English.I didn't have the heart to tell him how very wrong he was.Speaking of British...
  • Warning: this is a real rambly one (and I have just decided that "rambly" is a word)
    on Sep 24, 2014
    As I am off to Munich on Friday for Oktoberfest (and I am not going to have any fun and I am not going to drink any beer. None. None beers. Hahahahaha who am I kidding, bring it on Oktoberfest), I figured this post should be a little early. I have be...
  • And now I'm gonna tell it like it is...
    on Sep 19, 2014
    So having read a bunch of travel blogs recently, I thought that maybe I should write a disclaimer.DISCLAIMER: This is not going to be a normal travel blog. If you are expecting a play by play of my daily life in Germany, it’s not gonna happen (no o...
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