I feel incredibly lucky to be living across the ocean from where I grew up. I feel even luckier to have such easy ways to connect with everyone I had to leave back in the U.S. I just finished a lengthy conversation via Google Hangouts that included my parents, my brother, and my sister-in-law. We … Continue reading Keeping in Touch
I don’t think any expat-in-Germany blog is complete without a post about recycling. It isn’t that recycling is some revolutionary concept; it’s just a trickier system here. I finally feel like I have mastered that system. For the 6.5 years before moving here, I became very lazy about recycling. You see, San Diego’s recycling center … Continue reading Trash & Recycling in Germany
As a tango dancer in the U.S., I mainly experienced three styles: nuevo/open embrace, salon/V embrace, milonguera/close embrace. There is a lot of fluidity between these styles (and contention about how they are named and stereotyped), but that is the rough classification I would use. I consider myself mainly a close embrace dancer. This is … Continue reading The In-Between Tango Embrace
While browsing a list of sites to visit in Aachen, I came across a surprising entry: Ballerina Clown. Not only an odd name, it instantly brought to mind a very familiar sculpture in Venice, CA. Several times, while visiting Los Angeles, I have seen this odd sculpture: Photo by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid A little … Continue reading Ballerina Clown: A piece of home here in Aachen
I love those moments when I translate a German word … only to be just as lost as I was before. A while ago, I discovered nice little boxes of frozen herbs in the grocery store. Parsley, dill, chives … The kinds of herbs I love to use but can never seem to use up … Continue reading Food Terminology: Herbs
I spoke with a very friendly woman from the Integration Office today. She informed me that not only am I eligible to take an integration course, I am obliged to take one! I have been in Germany for nearly five months, and this is the first time someone has told me this. (If only I had … Continue reading Integration Course: Time to Sign up!
So far, I have been pleasantly surprised at how many people are willing to speak English with me. They are far from obliged to speak a foreign language with a new resident; indeed, I feel like it is my responsibility to learn German. But my German is still limited, so I appreciate every interaction that … Continue reading Appointments & Interpreters