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Holidays  // All about German and American Holidays and how we celebrate them

14 May Posted by in Holidays | 2 comments

Post Mother’s Day Review – Tradition vs. Culture

Post Mother’s Day Review – Tradition vs. Culture

Yesterday, at the tail end of Mother’s Day, I overheard Kay discussing with a neighbor that celebrating Mother’s Day in the US is a bigger deal than how it is acknowledged in Germany. Neighbor: Really? Kay: Yeah, this morning my Facebook blew up with messages from people in the US wishing other Mothers a Happy ...

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16 Apr Posted by in Holidays | Comments

Visiting Fellow Expats and Driving Solo + Baby – Part 2 – Heidelberg

Visiting Fellow Expats and Driving Solo + Baby – Part 2 – Heidelberg

Yesterday I started writing about my road trip to Frankfurt and I listed sub-categories of different types of Expats: 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 I got to thinking a little bit more and ...

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07 Apr Posted by in Family Life, Holidays | 5 comments

Yeah for Chocolate, Alcohol and other Sinful Sweets… You can return now, Lent is over

Yeah for Chocolate, Alcohol and other Sinful Sweets… You can return now, Lent is over

Tonight is Easter Eve and also the last night for observing Lent, depending on the timeline used. Like many Lents past, I gave up sweets, cookies, and cakes. I was going to wait until tomorrow morning to start eating sweets again, but I lasted only as long as 6 p.m. tonight because this is when ...

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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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21 Feb Posted by in Holidays | Comments

Motorboating Political Carnival Float

Motorboating Political Carnival Float

While watching the Düsseldorf Carnival parade on TV, at first glance, I recognized the lady’s face on the float and then immediately busted up when it looked like a little Napoleon Motorboating the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. I saw the “Merkozy” tattoo painted on her arm and knew the man wasn’t Napoleon, but wasn’t ...

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20 Feb Posted by in Holidays | Comments

The Case of the Missing Blue Face Crayon – Blau means Blue…and Drunk in German

The Case of the Missing Blue Face Crayon – Blau means Blue…and Drunk in German

As we were all getting ready for Saturday’s Carnival costume party, it was a quick and hectic scramble dressing with two kids, one toddler, and a baby in the house. The baby was finally in bed, the two kids were staying awake for some time, and the toddler was slowly falling asleep with a little ...

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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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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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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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