About

“Alltagsgeschichte” is a German term that roughly means “the stories of everyday life.” Through this blog, I tell the stories, specifically, of my everyday life.

Even more specifically, my everyday life–or what I find noteworthy enough to talk about in a blog–entails my life as an American living in Germany. It also includes my musings about one of the things in life I find most fascinating: the environment (or “nature,” if you prefer) and people’s relationship with it.

Who am I, and why do I think my life is interesting enough for people to read a blog about it?

Well, to answer the second question first, I don’t really think my life is all that interesting. This blog is mainly a way to stay connected with my friends and family back in the States, as well as a repository for my thoughts as I go through this experience in Germany. But, if you are not one of my friends or family members, and have stumbled upon my blog, and you think something I say is interesting…well, thanks. I hope you keep reading.

To answer the first question, my name is Jenny (for those who don’t know me already), and I currently live in Munich, Germany. I work as an editor at an environmental humanities research center. Other ways I define myself include: an outdoors enthusiast, a nomad, an ever-aspiring writer, a feminist, and, as much as I dislike the word, an environmentalist a person who cares and thinks a lot about the environment. My academic degrees are pretty reflective of who I am and what this blog is about, as well: I got my BA in German language and literature and my MS in environmental studies and science communication. So, hopefully that means I have at least some credential behind some of the things I write about.

So, thanks for reading, and I do hope you’ll pop in now and again.

p.s. Thanks to my brilliant friend LMac for suggesting this blog’s name to me. (LMac is not her real name, in case you were wondering.)

p.p.s. Photo credit for the header image: Krischan74

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