Category Archives for "North American Culture"

Foreign Earned Income Exclusion for Americans Living Abroad

Foreign Income on US Taxes plus Foreign Bank Account and Affordable Care Act Filing Requirements

Updated with figures for 2015 tax returns and forms for the Affordable Care Act. Spoiler Alert: Having foreign income may increase your overall tax amount AND your monthly premiums for health insurance in the US. Reminder for Americans with foreign income: Declare all foreign income on US income tax returns! For most English teaching assistants in […]


Cultural Differences in Photos: USA and France

In my English classes I taught at the university, we used flashcards with a photo of an object and the English word written out to teach and/or reinforce vocabulary. For most objects, there were no problems with the images provided but every once in a while, my students didn’t quite understand the connection between the […]


Christmas Wonderland in Michigan’s Little Bavaria

Every time I come back to Michigan, whether it’s in December or not, I have to go to Frankenmuth and Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. Originally settled by Lutheran immigrants from Franconia, Frankenmuth today is nicknamed Little Bavaria and is probably Michigan’s most popular tourist attraction. The city itself is rather small (2.8 square miles with 4,600 […]