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First visit home: both familiar and strange

So I finally did it. After living abroad for two and a half years, I finally came back to the U.S. for a visit. I had wanted to see family and friends, and, really, it had just been a while. But I must say, being back in the U.S. after living in Germany for so [...]

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Germanwings Flight 9525

When I first learned about the crash of Germanwings Fight 9525, I was doing Internet research on my computer. As a freelance journalist, a lot of my time is devoted to thinking of story ideas and then investigating the viability of them. On the day of the tragedy, I happened to be on Reuters’ website, [...]

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Remembrances of Dave Fleetwood

You know, life moves fast and sometimes we don’t get around to doing things we wanted to do. One of those things, for me, was putting up a particular post on this blog last August. I had wanted to put up this post because August 5, 2014, marked the 1-year anniversary of the Ross Township shooting. [...]

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What I’ve learned (so far) from living abroad

Well, I’ve reached that 1-year mark. One year of living in Germany, of living in another country, far away from the mores and laws of the United States. I thought that this would be an appropriate time to reflect on some things that living in Germany has taught me. The individual is not always that [...]

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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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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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    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 ... Read Full
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