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Not a single familiar face – Expat Friendships

Not a single familiar face

Being an expat is hard sometimes. One of the hardest things aside from doctor’s visits and tax forms are friendships. Meeting people isn’t hard but forging a long-lasting bond can be. I have a decent amount of friends of very different social circles and on a regular basis, I don’t feel alone.

But then there these days when I miss seeing familiar faces, hanging out with someone I know for more than just a couple of months or a year. I miss my best friends from middle school, who know the real me. They know me as more than just the German girl, the grad student, or that girl who doesn’t eat meat. My friends from back then know my puberty struggles, know my childhood crushes, and know exactly where and how I grew up.

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July Roundup and some links

Hi everyone,
slightly delayed, this is my July round up! It  was a pretty exciting month for me:
  • I was still traveling with my parents but that is going to be a whole other blog post. I went to Yosemite National Park (again), Mill Valley and surrounding area, as well as on some local day trips.
  • It was my birthday! And the mister secretly hijacked my plans and turned my standard backyard BBQ into a fantastic Harry Potter themed party. Our friends made a Quidditch beer pong table, intricate wands, a unicorn cake, and so much more. Unfortunately, I was way too excited to document any of it properly. So here are some crappy Snapchat screenshots: wands unicorn cake and moaning myrtle
  • I went on a pretty intense day hike through the State Park of Nisene Marks in Aptos. We hiked about 8 miles in total and it was totally worth it. I went with a friend I hadn’t seen in ages so we had plenty to catch up on.
    aptos state park
  • I got one decent blog post out. See my first 5 zero waste swaps here
  • I read 1984 by George Orwell, Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman and Sapiens: A brief history of humankind by Professor Yuval Noah Harari. That was some good progress in my reading challenge but there is still a lot to read.
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How to survive Christmas without your family (and away from home)

Hi everyone,

since Christmas is near and I remember quite clearly how it was to spend my first Christmas without my family two years ago, I wanted to collect some tips for all the people out there who are currently on exchange or away from their families for other reasons.

  1. Celebrate anyways: I know the temptation to just skip the holidays it definitely there. Don’t do it, it will feel wrong as well. Instead, find ways to make it a happier time for yourself.
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