IMG_0553 2Hey Guys! I’m Hanley.

In 2012, I got sick of living a mediocre life that left me lacking and unhappy and decided to move to Germany. Given that I wasn’t rich and didn’t have a rich backing, I found that I could become an au pair in order to secure free housing, food, medical insurance and still be paid to be there. Through my time in Germany I experienced many ups and downs that ultimately landed me back in the US for two years.

I went back to work, got back into my relationship but soon found something was just missing. I travelled within the US, staying in New York City and adding the Gulf of Mexico as one of my favorite locations to visit, but still wanted to return to Germany with my entire heart. One day, similar to the day that I decided to go abroad the first time, I decided to make a new profile online just to see what was out there. I am a firm believer that life will pull you exactly in the direction to where you are meant to be, and within three days I had secured a three month stay in Germany again.

Today, I am living, breathing, seeing and sharing life as an American expat living in Germany with you- how it happens, as it happens. Join me for the good, the bad, the funny and the crazy as I experience this life once again and travel through Europe.


18 thoughts on “about

  1. Becca says:

    Wow, what an adventure! I love your story. How exciting and inspiring to just do something fresh with your life. I love it! Welcome to Germany! It’s an amazing country!! You will love it. Good luck on your journey :) BTW…I’m in the bloggers group on fb and saw you post recently :)

    • pinkparliament says:

      Awesome! Everyone is saying how great of an experience it is over there! I can not wait to join the family. And thanks for coming to visit. :) Ill head over your way as well. Keep in touch, I love talking to and hearing everyone’s experiences.

  2. Liz says:

    So excited for you and can’t wait to read about your new adventures in Germany! I was a nanny in California when I was 19 and it was a great experience. Many of my nanny friends were aupairs from Ireland and would tell me about the families they worked for abroad in places like Saudi Arabia and Italy. It all seemed so exciting! I wish you the best in your new job with what seems to be a perfect fit in terms of family :D

  3. Allyson says:

    I’m so happy I stumbled across your blog. I was an AP in Connecticut for 2 years, and I’m now in the process of applying to be an AP in the Netherlands. I recently started blogging about it, and it’s refreshing to read a blog as similar as mine. I really look forward to following a fellow Westerner (I’m Canadian, PS) taking the plunge into the exciting and terrifying world of Au Pairing. Best of luck, and I cannot wait to read more!

    • pinkparliament says:

      Awesome!! So glad you got in touch! It’s definenlty an experience that is for sure! Living in Europe is so much different than just visiting. I love it so far! But I do have to ask.. why the Netherlands?! Come to Germany! haha

  4. Allyson says:

    Good question! Hahah. When applying, I had to narrow down a country (I used an organization who worked with organizations in specific countries), and the Netherlands happened to have the BEST program. My best friend also lives in Northern Belgium, so it was the closest I felt I could get ;)

  5. Allyson says:

    She was an Au Pair in Connecticut during the same time I was, but she’s back in Belgium. It did cost me, but I was spoiled with the Au Pair in America program and needed the peace of mind knowing someone has my back! Germany’s program wasn’t as good as the Netherlands, but I plan to visit Germany as often as possible!

    • pinkparliament says:

      I totally agree! There are actually three other girls close to where I live, as well as two other American’s that I am friends with here too! Making friends has been super easy thanks to my blog!
      My contract is good for a year, but my family said they just want 7 months minimum. Before I left, scared, I said only a few months and I was coming back home. I love this place. Ask me in seven months! My visa is actually good until Jan 2014! Germany has an aupair visa that is good for one year and fairly easy to get. (Actually very easy to get!) hanleyrussell@gmail.com is my email.. shoot me a note and well chat more! We must get together!

  6. Barbara W. says:

    Hi, I just stumbled across your page by accident. I’m also from Indiana and live just down the road from you in Lengdorf. I teach English in Dorfen and so am there 3 days a week. Barbara W.

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