Expat Author Interview with Marcus Speh

Marcus Speh Birkenkrahe’s debut short fiction collection Thank you for Your Sperm is out now from MadHat Press! His short fiction, published widely both in print and online magazines, has been nominated and shortlisted for various awards and prizes. In 2013 his debut novel will be published by Folded Word Press. Marcus–who describes himself as […]

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Hiking In South Tyrol — Day 6

(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) _________________________________________ It’s day six. We have the same goal as yesterday. Well, it’s sort of the same goal. Today there will be a party at the top of the mountain. Today we have a GOAL. We take […]

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Hiking in South Tyrol — Day 1

Meran/Merano, South Tyrol (Italy)(Very important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) We head to the Dolomites and the surrounding mountains near Meran(o) at least once a year. I am a crazy hiker. I love trudging up a mountain–is it really “trudging” when you love […]

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Get Your Berliner Schnauze on!

Gerhard Lahr, Berlyn(Important! If the bottom of this post is cut off, try reloading the page. This usually solves the problem and shows the comment, share and like buttons. ::coughs::) The first time I visited Berlin 18 years ago, I was a mere babe. I was on my Grand Tour of Europe: a month of […]

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A Year in Signs 2011

I heart signs. I love the concept of a piece of metal hanging around somewhere for the sole purpose of telling me where to go, how to get there, why I should go there or why I shouldn’t. Taking pictures of signs is a significant obsession of mine. Some signs are humorous, some are art, […]

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Bunt! Color! Free Photo Friday…on Saturday!

Today at I Must Be Off! I’m feeling colorful, so I want to celebrate it and share it with you. Wherever I travel around this wonderful world, I’m amazed by color. What a gift. I’m serious about that–no sarcasm or humor there. These photographs remind me that the world needs variety to exist (that’s a […]

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Expat Author Interview with Kate Brown

Writer and Filmmaker Kate Brown (Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, please reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) _________________________ Kate Brown, a British film-maker and writer, has lived in Berlin for a year now. Before that, she lived in Amsterdam for almost eleven years. Speaking Dutch has made learning […]

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A Year in Wacky Signs

(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) Do your friends walk 20 meters in front of you when you’re taking pictures of signs? Do they whisper under their breath, “Oh God, Chris is taking another picture of a sign.”?Do theymake gestures–signs of their own […]

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How Can an Expat Go “Home”?

Marienplatz, MunichAn expat often hesitates when someone asks “Where’s home?” Gosh, I don’t know. Munich? London? Nashville? Earth? Radnor Lake, Nashville, TN Am I a Nashvillian because I was raised there and love Radnor Lake? Am I English because I spend half my time there and I have the blood of English ancestors muddling through […]

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Oans, zwoa, gsuffa! Wiesn Tips!

Taking a break from my lover’s spat with London, I turn now to the real love of my life—Munich. It’s Oktoberfest in “the biggest village in the world,” so naturally there’s a bit more vomit on the sidewalks; but there are also considerably more Japanese men in Lederhos’n with impressively embarrassing Gamsbart sprouting from their […]

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