1. Yoga, fitness, cooking, video games, Formula 1, and getting my Masters? If that’s a hobby I guess. And German classes since I recently moved abroad :)

  2. I recently bought a Rothys handbag for grad school, since it fits my laptop and more. My main motivation for buying it is that when it rains, I don’t have to worry about it getting wet (as opposed to leather.) Also the machine washable part is nice, I find that daily totes can get beat up. The quality is great.

  3. It’s a fake picture. You can still see the longer hair of the original woman.

  4. srs I love my tree runners as a running errands/workout shoe. They’re so comfy and the Allbirds socks are top notch.

  5. I know that credit cards that give you free lounge access aren't accessable to everyone. But, if you can get one and you travel often, it will change your life.

  6. One good note about the credit cards: you have to actively use them, not just for flying (if you don’t fly often.)

  7. If you work white collar jobs in the US your employer provides the health insurance and retirement plan, so you get the social safety net plus 50k more at a lower tax rate. The US only sucks if you're lower middle class and under.

  8. The health insurance can still be pretty expensive (I am American) and you can still get crushing bills even with insurance. My parents had health insurance and it was $100k for me to be born. When I was in college, I received a $400 bill for a strep throat test because my insurance didn’t want to cover anything.

  9. In germany getting your wisdom teeth out is free, it costed 300 only either because he is privately insured and gets the money back or because your bf got some special treatment, e.g. full anesthesia or electrical nerve length measurment which is not covered (not going into if it is advicsed or not, but it is not mandatory so it will not get paid by the insurance usually)

  10. Yes sorry that’s what I mean. The 300 is for the anesthesia, not necessarily the removal.

  11. You can buy almost everything you need in Boston. You can use a luggage shipping company if you need anything else, but it’s pretty expensive. I’m using mybaggage to move internationally now and it’s like $200 a box. In the summer, your things can all be stored in a storage unit. There’s a few in Allston and Brighton.

  12. Get a cold brew maker and buy COARSE ground coffee (coffee shops will also grind it this way for you.) It takes a few minutes to make a whole batch. Then wait 16-24 hours.

  13. Supergoop! has a hand lotion with SPF 40. Handscreen. I really like it and rub it up my arms. It’s great since sunscreen gets washed off when you wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.

  14. Everything is very harsh and angular now. She was so soft and perfectly fine before she got all the work done.

  15. I think she is still beautiful but her previous features matched her heritage so well :( in a way it’s a bit sad to think that she was made to feel bad about her Armenian features. They’re really pretty.

  16. I (American) live in Germany and something a lot of Americans don’t realize beforehand is that making friends can be more difficult. Small talk isn’t a thing like it is in the US. It’s not that people are unfriendly, but they’re just more likely to keep to themselves. I was already prepared since I had already moved to a new city (Boston) and didn’t know anyone. But for some it might be a little jarring.

  17. I'm kinda the same way, reserved and shy. How would someone go about making friends in Germany? Are there events I can sign up for in my free time like martial arts classes or game nights at a café?

  18. That’s kind of down to your own personal life and interests. If you would ever plan on getting a Masters, that’s one way to meet other people. I imagine there’s sports or art clubs to maybe join.

  19. It’s a typical rust belt city. Not the worst place one could live, but not the best either. I think it’s better than the southern portion of the state (besides the nature,) but you’ll quickly run out of things to do. Cost of living is pretty cheap. I would probably choose to live in Perrysburg if I was looking for something more suburban, but Perrysburg is pretty generic imo.

  20. I work in the international development field and sometimes employment is tied to country membership (think OECD, NATO, etc.) Embassies, consulates, USAID offices, etc. are all also options. I have a BA in Political Science and am starting my MPP in Germany this year. I also speak French, which is often important for finding a job in this field. I’m currently finishing my contract at my FT job based in the US remotely (will not disclose where since the name is very prominent) but they were okay with me moving for school while continuing to work. I interned at the OECD previously and I know that my employment and employment there in general is generally open to people from member countries.

  21. As someone who is now considering community development work with Peace Corps and got a BA in Political Science, could it be a way into international development or policy work? I have experience in journalism with an Asia based news outlet, some campaign experience copywriting and fundraising, and an EU passport. I also graduated during the pandemic, so things have felt really out of pace the last two years, during college I was never given opportunities to intern or interact with people working in the field.

  22. Of course it can. I have lots of colleagues who have done Peace Corps. It’s a great entry to the field. Another option is UN Volunteers, which is somewhat similar but I believe the time commitment is shorter (I have no idea about stipends, benefits after service, etc.) UN Volunteers has an online component as well, which is nice for projects in your spare time. I did a fundraising project last year with a UNITAR office in Japan.

  23. I do. I stir them into some yogurt with a little milk and vanilla extract, then let that sit in the fridge overnight. I add fruit and sometimes almond butter in the morning.

  24. To be blunt, if you’re currently at “open to learning a new language” you’re too late for your ideal timeline. In the medical field you need to be extremely proficient in the local language. You would probably need a few years to achieve that level. Although, you could go abroad to take language learning classes, but not work medically (initially.)

  25. I book a ton of flights for my job and when I recently booked a few via Kenya Airways, it did tell me that we needed the card present during check in.

  26. Biotin supplements marketed for hair, skin, and nails. Most people in the modern age are not biotin deficient. Biotin supplements are more likely to cause acne than they are to make a significant improvement in things. Unless advised by a doctor, they’re just not necessary.

  27. Thanks for saying this because I thought I might need biotin for my brittle nails, but I’d rather have that than acne. I rarely ever have a single pimple on my face lol, why would I risk that!

  28. Brittle nails could have a lot of causes tbh. There’s a lot of nutritional deficiencies that could cause them. Hard water or the type of dish soap you use could also do it.

  29. Yet they are the same people who want open borders here

  30. I don’t see what you’re getting at, people who want to immigrate elsewhere don’t decide on the policies of different countries. I didn’t choose for my own expat experience to be complex and it shouldn’t be that complex.

  31. We’re definitely looking for a small city or somewhere less populated, not London or Berlin or anything like that. And not for a couple years. I’ve heard that places like Germany and Ireland are hard to immigrate to, they’re picky about people. Is that true as well? I’ve heard it’s a mentality of “what can you do for us, not what we can do for you” kind of a deal. I don’t have a problem with that, just wanting to know all the info before we really start looking at places.

  32. Almost every country is sort of like that. Your first step is recognizing if you are in a field where you could get sponsored for work. If you’re looking at more entry level jobs that don’t require a degree (“unskilled”, but I really despise that term) then sponsorship isn’t really possible because the idea is that existing citizens should be taking those jobs before foreigners. But that is a broad generalization. There are roles like caregivers/nursing assistants that are in demand and don’t require as much training. But for anything healthcare related, you will need a good handle on the language.

  33. It is most definitely relevant? These are the first steps of figuring out the process? How will she know where to go if she doesn’t know where she could work or where she could speak the language? I wasn’t being rude and I did suggest 3 places to her

  34. This leaves out a lot of details about how you would expatriate permanently, with citizenship, in the first place

  35. I lost a friend last year to AIDS. He was a total hippie and fell into the anti-vax, AIDS denialism, anti-medicine conspiracy circles that scam the sort of vulnerable people, like my friend, who are very trusting of anyone or anything that claims to be "all natural".

  36. I’m sorry for your loss, that must have been very difficult to deal with. I’m wondering, how were they able to function during their daily life? For example, someone with AIDS who is not medicated could get extremely ill from seasonal illnesses. Or just the fact that AIDS can be very fatiguing. It’s mind boggling to think about, so sorry that you had to deal with that.

  37. Thank you for your answer. I agree, very infuriating.

  38. Hmmm I think it sort of built up over time. When I was in the middle of undergrad, I think I realized that I needed to have a more solid, realistic plan and that I needed to take action to get there. I had two internships, a campus job, and my classes during my last semester. That sort of got the ball rolling for me, when I realized that taking action and sticking to it would only benefit me. I’m first gen, so I didn’t really have anyone to push me to do anything.

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