This may look like an innocent bowl of porridge. Perhaps nicely cooked oatmeal with a dash of cinnamon on top. But I am here to tell you: Do not be fooled, my friends. This is haleem (حلیم‎). I have listened to my husband tell the tale of haleem for a while now. He told me … Continue reading Haleem

Getting Oriented

It sounds funny to say that I am taking an “orientation course” after living in Germany for over a year, but that’s exactly what I’m doing. It’s the second-to-last step in my German integration. (The last step is the language exam I’m taking in February.) My Orientierungskurs started on Monday. Like my language class, it’s around four … Continue reading Getting Oriented

Diversity in Germany

In my German class today, we talked about fairy tales. Our teacher brought up the story of „Rotkäppchen” (“Little Red Riding Hood”). After helping us describe the characters and the story, she asked us if we have the same story in our native languages. Everyone did, so we each wrote the title on the board—in … Continue reading Diversity in Germany

Hello & Goodbye

As a native Iowan, I am no stranger to friendly interactions with strangers. I grew up smiling at passersby on the sidewalk, chatting with cashiers at the store, and waving at everyone I saw while driving. (I picked up this last one from my dad, who grew up in rural Iowa. Apparently everyone else thinks … Continue reading Hello & Goodbye