All posts by Chad Josey

We are originally from the US (via North Carolina, New York, & New Jersey) and are currently expats living in Germany in the Rhineland-Palatinate (wine) region.

Stepping into the Shire – a visit to New Zealand’s Hobbiton Movie Set

It was a few days before Christmas, in 2001. Amanda and I, having been engaged for less than a year, lived in Charlotte, North Carolina. One evening, we went to the movies to see the first in the trilogy series of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." I remember watching that ...

The Iconic Sydney Opera House

  Not everyone in the world loves the performing arts, especially when it comes to opera (we love it). However, the Sydney Opera House has to be truly one of the most iconic buildings in the world. Not only are 8 million visitors attracted annually, but the Sydney Opera House has become 'the' symbol of the ...

Five Weeks on the Other Side of the World

As Americans living in Germany, we have had an opportunity to travel and see some pretty cool places across Europe. In early 2015, when it became clear that we were going to be extending our time in Germany for another year, we decided to schedule an extended vacation taking advantage of Germany’s generous vacation time ...

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40 Signs You Might Be an American Expat

Please like our page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest, as we do try to post regular pictures or frequent status updates on certain daily observations we see while living & working here in Germany... ...but, this being a Blog Post...there needs to be something of interest to read right? So, borrowing ...

Comparing the Drinking Age and Alcohol Laws between Germany and the United States

A stereotype about Germany is that it is Oktoberfest all year long, and that most Germans drink more beer and wine than water. While it is true that Germans drink their fair share of beer (3rd most per person in the world vs the US checking in at number 14), the attitude of beer drinking ...

Spending an Afternoon in Strasbourg, France

Visiting the French city of Strasbourg, you experience what it is like to be an area that has seen tremendous conflict between various cultures over 2,000 years and the impacts seen today. From the German architecture of its buildings in the historic city center to the French language and food found throughout the city, Strasbourg ...