About the Blog


I began this blog back in 2004, hosted on Blogger.com.  In February 2008, I moved to the domain AmiExpat.com.  This isn’t because my name is Ami, it’s because Ami is a nickname Germans use for Americans, so Ami Expat is sort of German/English shorthand for American Expatriate.  This was, to some, a controversial decision, but it’s worked out well so far.  At the same time, I migrated the blog to WordPress blogging software (and I should have done that a lot sooner, man).

What is An American Expat in Deutschland all about?

It’s about whatever I feel like writing about. This usually has something to do with living in Germany. Also, as a research statistician by training, I am crazy happy about looking stuff up, investigating questions, and writing up my results. Somehow, I manage to be both easy-going and Type A+ (don’t ask me how that works). Anyways, I have quite a few posts that I hope fellow expats will find helpful. You can find these under the category Tips for Expats.

What’s with all the Thai recipes?

I’m half-Thai, and, if I may be so bold, a pretty good cook. I’m planning on putting up more recipes, but it’s pretty low on my priority list at the moment. As a side note, my mom has a Thai restaurant in Manassas, Virginia. Live nearby? It’s called Siam Classic.

How can I make sure I don’t miss a single post?

You can get new posts emailed to you, or you can subscribe to An American Expat in Deutschland in a reader or you can like AmiExpat on Facebook to get news and updates in your Facebook News Feed.

Technical Stuff:

What theme are you using?

This blog uses the fabulous Thesis Theme for WordPress from DIYthemes.  It was customized by Kristarella.  I highly recommend them both.

Thesis Theme for WordPress:  Options Galore and a Helpful Support Community

Where is your blog hosted?

I use nearlyfreespeech.net, and have been satisfied with the cost and service provided.

What plugins are you using?

CForms – Create forms for your site

Facebook Social Plugin – Integrates Facebook social features

Feedburner Feedsmithredirects all your WordPress feeds to your FeedBurner feed so you can track every possible subscriber

FlickR Photo Albumretrieves your Flickr photos and allows you to easily add them to your posts

Simple Tags – Extended tagging options

Smart Archives – A simple, clean, and future-proof way to present your archives

Spam Karma – Ultimate Spam Killer for WordPress – works great!

Subscribe to Comments – Allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry

What Would Seth Godin Do – Displays a custom welcome message to new visitors and another to return visitors

WordPress Database Backup – Better safe than sorry!

WP Print – Makes printer friendly pages

WP Security Scan – Scans for security issues in your WordPress installation


The 2008 Weblog Awards - 3rd Place - Best European Blog

Tripbase Blog Awards 2009

IX10 - Top 100 Exchange and Experience Blogs 2010

1 Ralph January 2, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Hello Christina
I am an German/American and live also in Laaber/Kronbügl.
My Mum was German and my Dad was an American.
I visit my American family every year in Ohio.
I find today your website and i like it to read.


2 Christina G January 4, 2009 at 12:50 am

Thanks for commenting Ralph! Maybe we’ll see each other around town.

3 advovaCah February 10, 2009 at 2:41 am

Nice template. Where can i download it?

4 Christina G February 10, 2009 at 8:57 am

I’m currently using the free Revolution theme from Brian Gardner, but it appears that as of January 1, 2009, the link to this theme has been removed and replaced by the Revolution 2 theme, which costs $60.

5 andy May 22, 2009 at 3:05 pm

how can i buy this template?

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