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08 Jun Posted by in Culture | Comments

Separation Anxiety and Potty Training

Separation Anxiety and Potty Training

With all of this traveling to new places and new people for Fynn, there are times that his separation anxiety from me is heightened; if he sees me leave the room, he starts to cry. But if I can sneak out, it’s all okay. So each time when I attempt to go to the bathroom, ...

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25 May Posted by in Culture, Language | 1 comment

Would my son get kicked off the flight for wearing this? – Just wondering if it is offensive in Germany

Would my son get kicked off the flight for wearing this? – Just wondering if it is offensive in Germany

This past week, a woman missed her connecting flight on American Airlines because she was asked to change out of her shirt that said, “If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d F*ck a Senator.” The airline deemed the shirt too offensive. I’m not saying whether I agree or not, but it just reminded ...

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22 May Posted by in Culture | 1 comment

Germans and Nudity – Is it so blasé?

Germans and Nudity – Is it so blasé?

They say that Europeans in general are more open with nudity than their prudish American counterparts. In fact, the first time I walked past the computer while Kay was reading an article and saw an advertisement in the corner with a naked lady, I briefly paused and asked, “What are you reading?” Kay: Huh? Me: ...

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21 May Posted by in Culture, Language | 3 comments

Presumptions – Are there ever any appropriate times to make presumptions?

Presumptions – Are there ever any appropriate times to make presumptions?

Often times I have heard that the younger people in Germany should have no problem speaking or understanding English, but no such luck with the older crowd. I don’t find this statement to be true in every situation. For the number of times I have gone into our local Subway which is staffed with students, ...

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04 May Posted by in Culture, Driving, Sports | 4 comments

How Bikes can save us.

How Bikes can save us.

Today I stumbled upon the below Graphic and after writing about  American Fuel Prices and Biking in Germany I thought this is a perfect summary. Luckily it is published under a Creative Commons License so I can share it with you. I am slowly trying to rid my biking fear on roads. Especially with a toddler in ...

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18 Apr Posted by in Culture, Family Life | Comments

Have you gotten your dose of Deutsch-placement in your Primetime TV lately?

Have you gotten your dose of Deutsch-placement in your Primetime TV lately?

How come I never realized how many references to Germany exist in primetime television? Once I moved here, I suddenly noticed… with a little help from my husband who gets overly excited any time he hears or sees a reference. As such, here are my favorite and most memorable references within the last 2 years. ...

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15 Apr Posted by in Culture | 1 comment

Visiting Fellow Expats and Driving Solo + Baby – Part 1 – Frankfurt

Visiting Fellow Expats and Driving Solo + Baby – Part 1 – Frankfurt

I’ve come to learn that there aren’t just Locals and Expats living in Germany, but that the Expat community can actually be split into sub-categories. a.)    Foreign Couples – Both are from another country b.)    Cross-Cultural Couples – One local, One Foreigner c.)     Singles – a.k.a. Foreign Thrill Seeker and/or Brave Soul And within these ...

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03 Apr Posted by in Culture | 6 comments

Random Thoughts and German Bathroom Guidance

Random Thoughts and German Bathroom Guidance

Random Thoughts Sometimes, when a word in German is pronounced or spelled too closely to the same word in English, I completely F-up the word and instead make up my own. But give me a word like “Auflaufform” (casserole dish) and I remember it no problem.  Anything that involves food no matter how long it ...

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30 Mar Posted by in Culture, Family Life | 4 comments

Fighting for Stay-At-Home Dad’s in Germany – Questioning Parental Leave Options

Fighting for Stay-At-Home Dad’s in Germany – Questioning Parental Leave Options

I read an article today in The Local (A German online news source translated to English) about a group of women questioning a politician, Social Democrat leader, Sigmar Gabriel regarding whether or not he was taking paternity leave and/or how he planned to work after having a newborn baby. A quick background on German laws, there ...

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27 Mar Posted by in Culture | Comments

Daylight Saving Time – Are you for or against observing?

Daylight Saving Time – Are you for or against observing?

On Monday, a friend on Facebook posted that she had only just realized Daylight Saving Time had occurred over the weekend. Surrrrre, great excuse to be late to work. I will say that following German media isn’t always the easiest; I don’t regularly watch the news nor understand everything that is being said, so yes, ...

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