RIP Spencer the Gasthund

Like my first post, this one will be about my “Gasthund” Spencer. Over the past four weeks, our relationship grew exponentially… but something else did too. Tumors flared up in his liver and kidneys, metastasizing in just a month. This surprise illness meant that this sweet little baby had to be put down the day…

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Sports in Germany and Italy

Across the West, from the United States to Germany to Italy, sports are a group event. In one way or another, people congregate to cheer on their favorite team. In the United States, we tailgate or throw Superbowl parties. In Münster, Germany, TVs lined the streets outside of bars, allowing dozens of strangers to crowd…

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Some Important Deutsch Words

The following is a list of Deutsch words that I won’t forget. Most are included because of the commonness with which I or othersl speak them, but a few are included because of a personal fondness. 1) Das Frettchen, die Frettchen – (noun) ferret. I have included Frettchen because my boyfriend loves them. When we…

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Mein Gastfamilie und ihr Hund

I have officially been in Deutschland for three and a half days now, and I must say that it was worth the nine-hour plane ride and twenty-nine hours of forcible wakefulness. I was so worried that my homestay family (Gastfamilie) would be quiet and serious and hate my bubbly, clearly American self, but Rolf and…

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