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Expat-Mom Blog

Welcome to Expat-Mom.com!

I have successfully been causing confusion in Germany since 2010!

As an American Expat in Germany, life can be trying at times. Learning the language and adapting to a new culture are tough enough without trying to raise bi-lingual children and engage in a bi-cultural marriage. I hope to provide some insight and silly stories in which fellow Expatriates can relate, and for the culturally curious to be able to ponder and laugh.

28 Aug Posted by in Expat Emotions | 1 comment

Take A Chance and Join the Party

Take A Chance and Join the Party

Although my kiddie pool buying experience went down the gutter, I am happy to report that my chance encounter in the parking lot beforehand was worth the risk; not only did I gain a much needed and positive expat experience, but I learned something about myself in return. *********************************************************************** After I borrowed money from the ...

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22 Aug Posted by in Shopping | 2 comments

How to Inadvertently Confuse a German Cashier

How to Inadvertently Confuse a German Cashier

Over the summer, during the hot period (with no A/C), I loaded up the Kinderwagen (stroller) with the baby and all the various items needed to make a successful journey to the Tagesmutter (Day Mother/Daycare) to pickup Fynn. It’s only a 13 minute walk at a fast pace, but you never know what you’re going to need ...

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29 Apr Posted by in Culture, Family Life | 1 comment

Schlechter Geschmack?

Schlechter Geschmack?

After hanging up the phone Friday morning, Kay asked if I had a “bad taste top” his brother could borrow. This statement left me with more questions than I had answers. Me: What are you talking about? What do you mean by “bad taste?” Kay: Kind of like… (as his voice trailed off, I noticed ...

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20 Apr Posted by in Driving, Family Life, Sports | 1 comment

Go-Karting in Germany… Sebastian Vettel, HELP!

Go-Karting in Germany… Sebastian Vettel, HELP!

Last weekend we had a neighborhood outing. The guys scheduled a private session at a nearby go-kart track (Kart Arena Moenchengladbach). When Kay told me about it, my initial response was, “What makes you think you’ll be able to attend?… Why not me?” With a new baby and toddler at home, I don’t get out ...

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26 Mar Posted by in Family Life | 3 comments

Emergency Situation in Germany

Emergency Situation in Germany

I wrote once about Germany having two emergency phone numbers: 112 and 110 (We Don’t Dial 9-1-1 in Germany). I complained about trying to remember which number to dial in an emergency situation and, well, I was totally right. The Monday before last started almost normally; Fynn stayed home sick, I was nursing the baby ...

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20 Mar Posted by in Culture | 4 comments

US Consular Services in Germany – It’s not so lonely in here

US Consular Services in Germany – It’s not so lonely in here

Most often than not, a trip to the US Consulate can be a pain in the butt especially if you have to drive several miles kilometers to get there. There’s the making an appointment in advance, taking time off work and then going through tight security once you arrive. We’ve been to the US Consulate ...

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Online Shopping Ain’t What It Used To Be

Online Shopping Ain’t What It Used To Be

Kay jokes that I have ruined outlet shopping for him in Europe because US prices are so much cheaper. I can now safely say that he has ruined online shopping for me in Germany. I used to be the queen of online shopping since I hate going to the mall. Especially around Christmas time. I ...

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28 Feb Posted by in Culture | Comments

Babies in Tights – Spring, Please Arrive Soon!

Babies in Tights – Spring, Please Arrive Soon!

I seriously hope we’re nearing the end of Strumpfhosen season. Besides the fact that this pale momma needs some sun, I am done with squeezing my son into tights. Yes, boys (babies to toddlers) wear tights in Germany called Strumpfhosen. And since I don’t want to be viewed as a bad mom when Fynn goes ...

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20 Feb Posted by in Language | 1 comment

Learning the German Language

Learning the German Language

It wasn’t until I moved to Germany that I was reminded of the fact that as Americans we are cheated of our second language schooling. A minimum two-year requirement in high school doesn’t come close to providing the tools needed to understand, let alone communicate in a second tongue considering Germans now learn English starting ...

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An Unexpected Visitor

An Unexpected Visitor

Everyone deals with being an Expat differently and yet we still have fundamentally the same human emotions. There are lonely days, days of yearning for something or someone from home, days you don’t want to hear a foreign language let alone try and speak it. And then there are days when the unexpected happens. Sometimes ...

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