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26 Mar Posted by in Culture, Family Life | 3 comments

Ghosts in Germany? – Germans don’t believe… do you?

Ghosts in Germany? – Germans don’t believe… do you?

Now might be a good time to tell you that Germans don’t believe in ghosts. Or at least I haven’t met anyone yet who will admit that they do. We have an electricity problem in our house (among many other problems). The TVs will randomly go on and off. Kay’s laptop was going on and ...

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11 Mar Posted by in Culture, Sports | Comments

Soccer in Dusseldorf vs. the Seattle Sounders

Soccer in Dusseldorf vs. the Seattle Sounders

Ok, so Fortuna Düsseldorf wasn’t playing the Seattle Sounders. Unfortunately, I have only been to one professional soccer game in the US (Seattle Sounders vs. Chicago Fire) back in April of last year. So this is the only American match to which I can compare the European games I’ve seen. However, I can proudly claim ...

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German Birthday at Pocket Money Prices

German Birthday at Pocket Money Prices

After receiving my first official Taschengeld/Pocket Money in Germany, I thought, “What better way to spend it than on my husband for his birthday?” I started to try and think of things I might be able to buy with 2€… The intent wasn’t meant to be facetious; I was dead serious. Shopping for Kay is ...

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04 Mar Posted by in Culture, Food & Drinks | 6 comments

Ladies’ Night – Minus the Ladies

Ladies’ Night – Minus the Ladies

This past weekend my husband indulged in two all men’s nights. Here is a look into some typical male activities and celebrations in Germany. Skat Night Friday night was Kay’s monthly Skat night. I’d compare Skat to Poker night where the ritual of playing cards, drinking beer, and gambling money occurs, but the game is ...

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01 Mar Posted by in Culture, Family Life | 8 comments

Team Allowance or Team Pocket Money? – Whom do you support?

Team Allowance or Team Pocket Money? – Whom do you support?

My husband: Hey, did you see your younger brother’s post on Facebook? Me: No, why? My husband: He’s mad because… something about he doesn’t get an allowance this week? What’s an allowance again? Me: It’s when you get weekly money for doing chores. My husband: (Blank stare.) Me: Like taking out the trash, vacuuming, emptying ...

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28 Feb Posted by in Culture, Family Life | 5 comments

Livin‘ in the “Donks” – NY ain’t got nothin‘ on us

Livin‘ in the “Donks” – NY ain’t got nothin‘ on us

I can remember the first time I rode the subway alone in New York. The whole time I made sure to, “Be aware of my surroundings,” as my mother would always say. I can remember strange people on the train, singing panhandlers, strong body odor smells, and a lot of shifty eyes (perhaps I was ...

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22 Feb Posted by in Culture | Comments

Homeopathic Medicine and Suppositories

Homeopathic Medicine and Suppositories

This past Tuesday was spent listening to my baby cry for most of the day. The intolerable bawling started after his first nap. It was one of those times that I tried everything, but he just kept laying his head on the ground screaming while tears ran down his cheeks and snot ran out of ...

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19 Feb Posted by in Culture, Holidays | Comments

Carnival Celebrations Continue and the American Politically Correctness is out the Window

Carnival Celebrations Continue and the American Politically Correctness is out the Window

Saturday afternoon our out-of-town guests arrived from Bremen and Heidelberg for our 2nd annual Carnival celebration. This year’s theme, “Cowboys and Indians.” When we first posted the invite online, my husband and I had a short debate about how we should title the event. Here is how it went…much like many other language perplexities and ...

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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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