Until his recent return to the US, German Way writer Jay Malone lived in Siegburg on the crossroads between Cologne and Bonn. He began living the expat life in Germany in 2011. Before making his way to the Rhineland, he lived for spells in Heidelberg, Lüneburg, Berlin and Siegen, and constantly feels tempted to drop everything and move back to the German capital.
Jay’s interest in German culture flows from his family, which, despite his last name, mostly comes from Swabia and Switzerland. He was lucky enough to have the opportunity to learn German from a young age in a school with a strong team of language instructors, an experience which led him to spend two summers in Germany during his undergraduate years and later to move to Germany to attend graduate school at the University of Siegen in political science.
Jay wrote for the German Way Expat Blog from November 2014 until July 2016, when he moved to Texas to better serve his foreign-study advisement clientel.
Jay has worked as an EFL instructor for the past six years, and recently founded an advising service for Americans interested in studying in Germany called Eight Hours and Change (link below). His family lives in Chicago, but he still calls Columbus, Ohio home, and he founded his company so he could make it back more than once per year.
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