April 2024


Whatchamacallit 94: Whisky with a View

This painting, Whisky with a View, currently hangs above my whisk(e)y collection.

I bought it directly from Julie Galante, the artist, for £100 plus £12 shipping and handling in August 2016.

There are quite a few things that this painting reminds me: the obvious whisk(e)y connection, sitting above my whisk(e)y collection, the glimpse of […]

I’m an idiot who answers unsolicited emails… FML

Liberty Income Taxes – for Canada

Every so often I check through my spam folder and am amazed at the offers for Viagra, free credit reports, and breast enhancement surgery, or whatever is lurking in that folder. Unless I spy a legitimate email hidden in the folder, I quickly hit the delete all button […]

The Bird is not the word, certainly not for burgers in Berlin.

There is a mythical place in Berlin.

I first heard of it a couple years ago – it’s called The Bird.

Rumors had it that The Bird was the best hamburger in Berlin, if not Europe, and that all burger lovers would go there and think that they were back in America.

That said, I’d […]

eAT – elektronischer Aufenthaltsitel – Question

In the near-ish future, I will be picking up my eAT – the elektronischer Aufenthaltsitel – that will be permission for me to stay in Germany a bit longer.

The eAT format is a credit-card sized document that includes a chip that contains biometric identification information.

Providing this led the most amusing moment of my […]

The Number 1 Event in Berlin this Year: WEBMU 2012!

This year is the 775th anniversary of Berlin, and, as in every year, there are a ton of events going on: Berlin Marathon, Christopher Street Days, the Entzaubert alternative DIY GLBT film festival, fireworks, and the Festival of Lights – to name a few.

But clearly, all of these events are competing to be the […]

For the expatriates out there: Why have you, or haven’t you, bought your home?

I’ve been doing a bit of thinking about the expats that I know and whether or not they own their own home and – ignoring those that are married to locals – I can only think of one expat who owns their own home.

Naturally I can understand why many expats might not buy their […]

WEBMU 2012 – Those Whiney Expatriate Bloggers are picking a Meet-Up Spot

It’s springtime in Germany and, therefore, time to talk about where the English speaking expatriate bloggers living in Germany are going to get together in the fall to complain about Germany…

Gosh, that sounds convoluted:

If you are an English speaking, expatriate blogger based in Germany and want to join the 2012 meet-up for people […]

Yeah, This one’s about me.

But I don’t really feel that it captures my Berlin expat life. via NTS

Upholding Tradition: the TQEQE 2011 at Maxbar in Köln

I’m back in Berlin recovering from the 2011 Whiney Expatriate Blogger Meet-Up, which was held in Cologne this year.

The 2011 WEBMU was fantastic and I heartily thank our fantastic hosts for putting together a very nice program that included lots of beer, a nice tour of the city, and a lot more beer.

As […]

Visiting BER: Berlin’s New Airport

Saturday was a super awesome day because not only did I get to have dinner with the Texpatriate, but PapaScott was also in town.

PapaScott was in town with his family for the McDonald’s convention and once the convention was over, he, his wife, and his son were doing a tour of the new Berlin […]