Following the completion of my undergraduate degree, I spent a year teaching English in a school in former East Germany near Dresden.  It was one of the most interesting, fulfilling, challenging, and memorable things I have ever experienced.

In addition to writing about my teaching experiences, I also explored themes of living abroad, German and American cultures, and food.

To help you read about my experiences in chronological order (i.e. not backwards as is the blogging norm), I have listed the posts relating to my Fulbright year below:

August 2006

A Home for My Cello!

And it begins…

September 2006

Voll Breit at the Halfbright Disorientation

First Day of School

The First Documentation of the Fruits from my Amelie Kitchen

My Amelie Kitchen

The Living Room


Spätzle and Kitchen Knives

October 2006

And on the 42nd Day there was an Oven

The Sächsische Schweiz

Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum


Butternut Squash and Gouda with Fusilli Noodles

Fall Break

November 2006


New Haircut

Case of the Mondays

German Cucumber Salad

Sugar High Friday #25

Thanksgiving Pie



December 2006

Louisiana Hot Sauce

Lebkuchenherzchen (cont.)

Thanksgiving Take Two

Hazelnut Macaroons


Menu for Hope III


Dresdener Stollen

January 2007

The Christmas Comic Strip

Happy New Year!

Berlin Berlin

Catch-up Follow-Up

Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei

Crème de Marron

Illegal Coffee


February 2007


Homemade Apple Leberwurst

Tea Fanatics

Let’s Have a Date!

Polenta Breakfast Twist

A Glimpse into other Blogs

March 2007



High-Brot Diet

I’m feeling a bit nutty…

Die Raclette

The Black and White Cookie Meets the Amerikaner

April 2007

Sweet as Honey (and full of chemicals too!)

A Café a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Café Hawelka

Viennese Coffee Specialties

Hundertwasser at the KunstHaus Wien

Café Griensteidl

Tomaten-Mozzarella Salat

Louisiana Hot Sauce Update

May 2007

The Quest for the Perfect Sugar Cookie

Spargelzeit: The Asparagus Season and the Local Food Movement

Schönes Wochenende!

Grocery Store Advertising


Salad Dressing and Olive Oil

Around the Food and Energy World in 10 Days

June 2007


Apple Rhubarb Compote

Beer Tasting

Linguine with Date Pesto, Lamb Fillet, and Radicchio

Wine in Saxony


July 2007

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Saying Goodbye