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German Lesson: That’s not a martini you’re ordering

March 3, 2013


This is actually something I’ve known for a while, and tried out multiple times before feeling confident enough to write about. Most of my German Lessons posts tend to be culture shock related, highlighting the differences between what I as an American have grown up with, and how those things are different or otherwise confusing […]


February 12, 2013


Something interesting happened to me a few months ago, and I’m just getting around to writing these things out now. Before I get into my story, I feel the need to share, with anyone who MIGHT NOT be English or American reading this, the proper etiquette for dealing with the service industry in the USA: […]

German Lessons: They’ve got November 1 off here, and still don’t celebrate Halloween. It’s a damn tragedy.

February 12, 2013


I clearly meant to post this and discuss it on November 1, but got a little busy. But based on what today and THIS WEEK are, I thought it appropriate to discuss now. My title is truth: In most parts of Germany, Halloween isn’t celebrated. I say ‘celebrated’ and mean the American version, where children […]

Hysterical, and need to share it

August 15, 2012


I’ve had this link open on my computer for days, and I need to just share it, stash it here and get on with my life already. So, enjoy it: Non-Americans: what’s the most shocking thing you saw when visiting the US?

German Lessons: Cultural Differences: Allergic to Air Conditioners

July 3, 2012


Years and years ago (pre-MS diagnosis/pre-understanding what heat does to MS patients), I was a super-green person who refused to use AC units, due to their effect on the environment. I happily sweated through the nights with only a fan and maybe an open window, knowing I was helping the environment by NOT using AC, […]

Things that don’t appear to exist in my city: the Suede brush

March 7, 2012


I went out the other night with a friend, and a guy spilled beer on my damn shoes. I normally wouldn’t mind that so much, except they were my new green suede booties. Suede. Green. NEW. I knew what I needed. I needed the Suede brush that I used to have, or something like it. […]

German Lessons: You’re allowed to be sick

March 7, 2012


Something I’ve been paying a lot of attention to lately over here is the way we handle being sick and what we do about work when we ARE sick. While I don’t know how it is for everyone else in the US, save for a few accounts I’ve heard from friends, I can relate how […]