All posts by Chad Josey

We are former US ex-pats who lived 4 years in Germany in the Rhineland-Palatinate (wine) region and now make New Jersey, USA, our home while still traveling the world.

Our Review of the St. Regis Resort in Mauritius – Let Me Summarize in One Word — “WOW”

Once we knew we wanted to travel to Mauritius for our extended Easter Holiday Weekend from Germany, we needed to find a place to call home for our planned 5 night stay.  After doing our research online, we selected to stay at the St. Regis Resort in Mauritius, and we were not disappointed!! NOTE: I ...

Find Out Why Mauritius Is Called Heaven on Earth

Okay, I will admit it...being an American, I have never really heard of Mauritius before.  When we decided to take a vacation to somewhere warm over the extended Easter Holiday and for Amanda's birthday, we heard a lot of good things about Mauritius from our fellow German colleagues and from information we found online.  But, ...

Find Out the Fast Food Differences in Germany Compared to the US

One of the best or worst things about America, depending on your viewpoint, is the prevalence of so many fast food places in even the smallest of towns.  From the chain places like McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell, etc. to local burger or pizza places, America does not lack for easily finding fast food. In ...

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Would This Happen in the US? How Strangers Help Someone in Need

Yesterday, I am waiting at the train station to go to my German class, and there was a group of 10 teenaged guys playing around like guys do. An elderly lady fell crossing the street. As she was getting up, the 10 guys ran over to her to help her. Others were walking over also ...

Find Out the Differences between American vs German Homes: it’s where the heart is.

For anyone who has traveled around the US, you have seen many styles and sizes of homes, primarily built from wood or brick materials. And, unless it was a custom-built home, most homes in American subdivisions tend to be very "cookie cutter" homes with only slight differences in appearance. Visiting and living in Germany, sprawling ...

Find Out the 25 Things Only an American Expat in Germany Can Truly Understand

Okay, so it has been two years since we moved from the US to Germany. Before we moved, we took German lessons, researched the area online, made some early visits to find a place to live, & talked to fellow German colleagues living in the States as well as American colleagues who had already moved ...

Here’s a Way to Celebrate Your New Year’s Eve – take a cruise from Barcelona to Morocco to the Canary Islands

While living in Germany, Amanda & I are taking full advantage of the number of vacation days and holidays we get, as well as how close so many countries are to where we live in southwestern Germany.  To take full advantage of seeing as many places as possible, while at the same time getting some ...

Wow the Views from Montserrat Are Breathtaking

Our cruise ended in the city that we started in beautiful Barcelona.  Our flight back to Germany was not until 4pm, so we took advantage of the time to visit the majestic site at the Montserrat Monastery about 30 miles northwest from Barcelona.  And, we are happy that we did.... 15 second time lapse video ...

Explore the Prehistoric Caves in the Seaside Village of Nerja along the Costa del Sol in Andalusia, Spain

After leaving the Canary Islands, our next stop was in the beautiful Costa del Sol (Sunny Coast) city of Malaga in the region of Andalusia in southern Spain. Amanda had a shopping day, while I chose to visit the nearby city of Nerja 30 miles to the west and explore its famous caves.  The views ...

The Beauty that Volcanos Can Create in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands

Our next stop after the Canary Island of Tenerife was to another Canary Island of Lanzarote. Of all of our cruise ports of call, both Amanda & I had low expectations for Lanzarote. But, after our 10 hour excursion, this island with all its unique volcanic landscapes far exceeded our expectations turning out to be ...