Clayton McCleskey

Slice of Life: A call to step up and take responsibility

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about what I see as a personal responsibility gap when it comes to facing the morning-after consequences of drinking too much. Boy, did that get y’all stirred up. Letters to the editor and e-mails keep rolling in. Some readers saw the column as it was intended: a call […]

Slice of Life: Proud to be an American

Scattered throughout the Metro system, nondescript white posters celebrate the friendship between Germany and the United States and mark the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, when the U.S. saved West Berlin from starvation at the hands of the Soviet blockade in 1948. I’ll admit that my American pride has suffered a bit over the […]

Clayton McCleskey: Return of the Euro Expat

Editor’s note: This article was originally written in June. BERLIN – Standing on a bridge overlooking the majestic River Seine during a recent trip to Paris, I had a flashback to my first visit to Europe nearly a decade ago. Sporting Teva sandals, a fanny pack and jean shorts, I had embarked on a European […]

GW Expat: From prude…to nude

BERLIN – I guess I am officially European. I no longer have issues with public nudity. A few weeks ago, some friends invited me to go swimming at the Badeschiff – a barge turned indoor swimming pool and sauna in the middle Berlin’s Spree River. The idea of jumping into a heated pool in the […]

GW Expat: Americans miss the mark

Every semester a fresh batch of Colonials heads overseas. Within no time the G-chats start to fly as those abroad report their sexcapades to their friends back home. But despite all the hype, are foreign lovers all they are cracked up to be? Is there really a difference between a romantic rendezvous with an American […]

GW Expat: Germany’s academic autonomy

BERLIN, Germany Once the pride and joy of Germany, the universities here are now facing a massive shortage of funds, overcrowded classrooms and an antiquated system leaving them unable to compete in a globalizing world -and me longing for GW. “Germany’s universities are completely broke,” one of my advisers at the Humboldt University admitted when […]

GW Expat: Survival of the linguist

GRANADA , Spain You’ve got to know the language. It’s that simple. Having spent the last three months comfortably speaking German in Germany, I was reminded of just how important language skills are when I landed in Malaga, Spain on Friday. After clearing customs (an old Spanish man asleep at his desk), I proceeded to […]

GW Expat: An American’s take on postwar Germany

Bonn, Germany The year is 1945. More than 7 million German soldiers and civilians are dead. More than 15 million Germans have been expelled from former German territories, and they are now refugees. Germany is without a government and is occupied by the Allied powers. Germany’s cities and towns lie in ruins. Food is scarce. […]

GW Expat: Voyage to Oktoberfest

MUNICH, GERMANY The German newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported that this year was a record breaker for the 174-year-old Oktoberfest with 6.2 million visitors consuming nearly 1.8 million gallons of beer in only 16 days. I am proud to say that I was part of the team of visitors that made this year’s success possible. Ever […]

A Parisian connection

With Microsoft Windows logos plastered all over it, Lee Huebner’s 90s-era Citroen van doesn’t exactly blend in with the Smart cars that dash through the streets of Paris. But that doesn’t bother the new director of the School of Media and Public Affairs. Soft spoken and pragmatic, Huebner chuckled when he recalled how his son […]