Happy Holidays!

I hope you’ve been well over the holiday season. My husband and I wound up sick a few days after Thanksgiving. He had the flu and I had a cold. Unfortunately, my cold stuck around for a little over a week, and my husband’s flu kept for three weeks. But, we’re better now. The above video is from a Christmas […]

Two White Queens and the One-Eyed Jack by Heidi von Pelleske

I want to thank NetGalley and Dundurn Press for the opportunity to read this book. The title and description piqued my interest regarding its literary gothic feel, a splash of unique characters, friendship and romance, along with the setting bouncing from Lake Ontario to Germany. The story is about two friends, Gareth and Johnny, and their journey into adulthood. When […]

Bloomin’ Bullshit

About five years ago, we were living in a flat (an apartment) on the second floor. You had to go up a few stairs, landing (first floor), more stairs, landing, and more stairs to reach the second floor. My husband was at work. It was morning when my niece called, which was her evening. I can’t recall what we were […]

My Bad! Language Barrier

For those who don’t know, I’m an American living in Germany; an expat who still hasn’t mastered the language…or in my case, still is juggling the articles, das, der, and die. Since living here, I’ve had a bad habit of saying, Ja (Yes) to everything people say. Occasionally I’ll let them know my German isn’t the best, but for the […]

Much To Learn About Our Ancestors

I’ve really been getting into genealogy and history. While looking into my own ancestors, I’ve also been watching a few shows regarding genealogy, history, and travel. I’m addicted to House Hunters International. To me, it’s fascinating to hear why people decide to move to another country, whether alone, with a significant other, or as a family. Reasons range from taking […]

European Travel Suggestions and Warnings

So far, my husband and I have had wonderful European travels with some unexpected moments. We witnessed a parade of bagpipers in Edinburgh, and a few days later, rebooked our flight due to weather and drove 440 miles (708 km) from Edinburgh to Gatwick Airport in a snowstorm through the dark Scottish Highlands. Another time, while heading home from Stockholm, […]

Going to the Doctor – America vs. Germany

Many of us aren’t fans of going to the doctor. We’d rather pretend our cholesterol or blood pressure is normal. Or the holidays are to blame for our additional weight gain, even if we’re not quite sure which holidays we’re referring to. For whatever reason, visits to the doctor make many of us uncomfortable. When I began this expat journey, […]

Still Celebrating

Today is the continuation of my birthday celebration. If you missed the first post, click here to check out how things began. The day after my birthday, we decided to go to Salzburg, Austria. I assumed Salzburg was a smaller city like Cesky, but it’s fairly big. The weather was hot and the tourism ran high. This was the least […]

Tea Please!

When I lived in Chicago, I drank tea during the winter months because my condo was cold, but I wasn’t what you’d call an avid tea drinker. Fast forward to Germany, and I drink tea all year round. Coffee had always been my drink of choice. I used to drink about a pot a day. It’s a German thing to […]

Why Don’t You Speak German?

Ah, the infamous question I come across in Germany. The woman at the DMV, who mumbles German. My doctor, who understands English but doesn’t speak it. The German woman down the street, the Polish neighbor who wants to talk to me, and then my husband’s family. It’s interesting how I never asked an immigrant in the U.S. why they don’t […]