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Chad Smith

I’m a former reporter for the Pocono Record who moved to Hamburg, Germany, to be with my German girlfriend. I still do journalism but now teach English to pay the bills. In this blog I share my thoughts on life in Europe and often dissect the differences between German and American culture. Also sometimes discussed: cool European places to visit, German beer and the perils and joys of cohabitation. @chadreidsmith is my Twitter.

Stroudsburg vs. Strasbourg

My mom likes to travel. She’s been to South America, Europe — Greenland! Really, she’s been all over. Because she has seen so many things and been to all these locales, she sometimes winds up getting the names of places confused. Such was the case when I moved to Stroudsburg in 2010. For months, even [...]

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sending the wrong message

One of the things that living in Germany has taught me is that we in the United States, especially the men, can be kind of strange sometimes with the things we do and gestures we make. For example, when I was in college in upstate New York, I would notice that a lot of the [...]

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Reactions in Germany to the killing of a German exchange student in the U.S.

OK, well, I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but another person has died tragically in the U.S. due to guns. This time the victim was a German exchange student, a 17-year-old named Diren Dede. Coincidentally, Diren, who was doing an exchange year in Missoula, Montana, was from a district in Hamburg called Altona, which is [...]

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Germans: serious about bike riding

“Born on a bike!” That was the taunt, or desperate retort, rather, that I hollered at my girlfriend a few hours ago when we were both on bikes, peddling up a steep hill near the Elbe River. She had been about 15 feet in front of me, clearly in the lead, under no visible stress, [...]

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kitchen table dispatch

So I’m just sitting here at my kitchen table. It’s around 8:20 p.m., Central European Time, and I just thought I’d give you a little dispatch as I wait for my pizza to cook. Crazy day it was. About an hour ago, I was sitting at my living room table, where I often do work, [...]

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postcards

Hey y’all, I feel like I’m always writing these treatises on this blog, so I thought I’d just keep it light with this post. Here are some “postcards” from my life in Germany. Enjoy.  

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different takes on sex

Let’s talk about sex. OK, now that I’ve got your attention, let’s actually talk about sex and how it is perceived in the U.S. and in Germany. In the U.S., sex is way more taboo than it should be. Sex will get you in serious trouble; sex will get you crucified. Not so in Germany. [...]

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Watch those words

So today I want to talk about something that took me an incredibly long time to get used to: The way Germans interact with each other in public. It’s much, much different than how we treat one another in public in the U.S. What I mean is this: In the U.S., we mostly mind our [...]

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Very un-American

So today I decided to do something interesting. See, every day, I take my dog for a walk. More specifically, I take her to a playground near my apartment so she can get exercise. But today, as I made my way to the park, I thought it’d be cool to take some pictures for the blog, [...]

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checking out women in Germany

I want to talk today about a topic that’s near and dear to my heart. Leering. That’s right, leering. Very interesting stuff when it comes to leering in Germany. But wait, what the heck do I mean? Well, to give you an idea, first let me tell you about what the norms surrounding leering are [...]

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