One thing is certain — it’s a team effort!

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The comment I heard most while telling my friends and family that I was in a long-distance relationship was: “I’m sorry but it never works out. You’re better off finding someone who lives closer to you.” Unfortunately, love isn’t rational, and love doesn’t care about countries, time zones, or languages.

I met my current boyfriend three years ago in Los Angeles. We spent four months madly in love––until a got a job offer in Germany, my home country. BOOM! I woke up from cloud nine and had to face the inevitable question: Should we continue dating, or should we just…

How to Kick Ass — “John Wick” Style!

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Keanu Reeves is known as the most humble celebrity in Hollywood. Seeing him on the big screen, I always admired his presence and calm attitude. When I heard that I was going to interview him, back in the summer of 2019, my head went into overdrive. What am I supposed to ask Keanu Reeves? Don’t get me wrong, there are a million questions I would’ve liked to ask. But during a press junket, you only have a few minutes to build a connection.

After shaking his hand, I immediately felt a strong sense of purpose within him. He wasn’t inside…

Racism, Conspiracy Theories, COVID-19

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I was amazed by the United States since I was a five-year-old girl from a small town in Germany. Even though I didn’t speak a single word of English, I remember asking my mom to turn up the radio when George W. Bush won the presidential election in 2000. Deep down I knew that I wanted to live in this country that was more than 5,000 miles away. I don’t know why I felt that way, or where my passion and interest in the U.S. came from. But I remember a fire of curiosity burning inside of me. …

It was the best thing that could have happened to me!

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It was the end of March last year. I was about to make myself a salad for lunch when it hit me out of nowhere. My chest felt so heavy as if an elephant was just sitting on it. Breathing was almost impossible and I felt dizzy. And then the adrenaline kicked in. “Am I having a heart attack?!,” “Am I just going to drop dead?!” Those were some of the thoughts that rushed through my head. Because I was living alone and didn’t want to lose my conscience without anyone noticing, I left my apartment. Almost apathetically, I stumbled…

Want to Reboot Your Social Life After the Quarantine? Here’s Where to Go!

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Yay! Restaurants and bars are slowly opening back up again. After months of staying in, and rejecting any sort of social contact, we are allowed to go back out into the wild––with a face mask, of course!

But where to go? If you have a date planned, or you just want to meet someone new to mingle with, it’s hard to find the perfect spot in a big city like Los Angeles. Which locations are super romantic for lovebirds? Anthony Recenello, a self-proclaimed dating expert, knows all the secrets. He has been helping men and women find their significant other…

She once was a really ‘tough cookie’.

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I remember it clearly: In January 2018, my best friend Vivian gave birth to her beautiful daughter Lily. She became a mom for the very first time and therefore got to experience the most remarkable thing in her life.

As we were talking on the phone a couple of weeks ago, she was sipping a glass of red wine at her kitchen table. We were more than 5,000 miles apart — I was in Los Angeles, she was in Berlin. But despite the nine-hour time difference, we started a deep conversation about the day she was giving birth. …

Print vs. Online

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It is a battle between two giants. Like David vs. Goliath? Not quite. But print and online publications have been and still are in competition over who is considered to be more prestigious, fast, and truthful. As a 25-year-old journalist and student, I have to admit: Reading newspapers does not belong to my daily activities, even though I grew up around them. In my childhood, Sunday mornings had to include a savory breakfast and the weekend edition of our local newspaper. My mother still has a subscription to this day. I, on the other hand, will never be excited about…

I Was Terrified to See Myself in the Mirror

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What’s the first thing you do in the morning while brushing your teeth? Right — you’re looking in the bathroom mirror while glancing at your tired, overworked face. A normal, unconscious routine that we all follow every day of the week, every week of the month, every month of the year.

My routine was interrupted in August 2012, after undergoing surgery on my upper and lower jaw. Because my jawbones naturally grew too vertically, I had an open bite which results, when left untreated, in a life with tinnitus and serious stomach issues due to the incapability of biting correctly…

Every Bump in the Road Will Make You Grow

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In 2012, I was one of 13,600 people in a small town called Uhingen. Growing up in Southern Germany, I knew every single street, every side-alley, every bus stop. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I don’t want to stay in a place where the only exciting thing that happened was people competing whose garden is neater. It felt like a trap — a shoe I started to outgrow. While sitting in my childhood bedroom, listening to Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake,” I started dreaming: “Next year, I want to be in Berlin. A big city with endless…

A Quick Analysis of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

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Comedy and sexual harassment: An explosive combination that, especially nowadays, most male artists stay away from because they don’t want to be associated with the #MeToo movement whatsoever. But there’s always an exception to the norm. And the name of this particular exception is “Seinfeld” co-creator, Larry David. In his tenth season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” David ingeniously portrayed what sexual encounters look like in the post-#MeToo-world.

In the premiering episode titled “Happy New Year,” David accidentally assaulted two women. While he asked his assistant inappropriate questions at work, he touched a caterer’s chest as he was reaching for the…

Natascha Wittmann

I'm a 25-year-old journalist and editor living in Los Angeles. 💌

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