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February, 2012  // Posts published in February, 2012

17 Feb Posted by in Culture | 1 comment

Where Are the German Soccer Moms?

Where Are the German Soccer Moms?

A friend of mine asked me yesterday when I was going to write about German moms. It is something I had been pondering, but hadn’t come up with any answers. It is hard to compare similarities and differences between moms in the US and moms in Germany since I now see motherhood in a new ...

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16 Feb Posted by in Holidays | 3 comments

Helauuuuu! Nope, not Hello. – Carnival in Düsseldorf

Helauuuuu! Nope, not Hello. – Carnival in Düsseldorf

Today is the start of Carnival, the big party before Lent. The official start date of Carnival is actually in November, but nobody would really realize since the festivities and street celebrations start today. You may know Carnival better by the term Mardi Gras. When I was fresh off the plane from the US, it happened to ...

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15 Feb Posted by in Tops & Flops | 5 comments

Top 10 Most Difficult Transition Issues When I First Moved to Germany

Top 10 Most Difficult Transition Issues When I First Moved to Germany

Language Barrier – They tell you that everyone learns English in Germany. Well, they do. But one would never know. Germans may know English, but not everyone wants to speak it. How come no one ever told me the Germans rank just under the French in not wanting to speak English? I would estimate that ...

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14 Feb Posted by in Tops & Flops | 1 comment

Top 10 Most Exciting Things about living in Germany

Top 10 Most Exciting Things about living in Germany

The Autobahn – Every American’s Dream. The Germans are serious about their driving. Most importantly, stay to the right unless you are passing. Efficient and effective system for those who can follow the rules, and yes, hella fun! The German’s are so efficient they even tell you where the fixed speed traps are. Food & ...

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13 Feb Posted by in Holidays | 7 comments

“We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day in Germany” – Mean joke or Misunderstanding?

“We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day in Germany” – Mean joke or Misunderstanding?

On the eve of my second Valentine’s Day in Germany, I can’t help but think of last year’s Valentine’s Day incident. Okay, I had just given birth 3 months prior and my hormones were still in baby mode, so maybe, yes, I still had a little baby brain. But what I understood from my husband ...

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