21 German Habits I’m Re-Learning Right Now

Two months back in my home country Germany and I’m still surprised that there are so many German habits and approaches to daily life that I need to re-learn and get used to again. They range from very simple and mundane things like traffic rules, recycling and tissue usage to more abstract and less-straightforward aspects of daily life such as personal space, small talk and how to raise your kids. Plus the colder temperatures, of course.

German habits

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Transitioning to Germany – A Visual Journey

Hello Germany! Here we are – in our new home, our new life. Today is the second morning that I have a couple of hours to myself. The kids are in school and day-care, my husband is at work. And I finally feel like writing again and telling you a little bit about the past weeks and months and the process of transitioning to Germany. But where do I start?

transitioning to Germany

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Good-bye Chattanooga – Hello Summer

This is it: we moved out of our house yesterday, packed our bags and are ready (while also being totally exhausted) for our summer vacation.

I can tell you, moving week is not fun, especially not with two kids who may or may not know what’s going on. But my more experienced expat friend told me that moving week is the worst week of the entire repatriation process. So she better be right!!!

I’m going to take a couple of weeks off from blogging – to enjoy the summer and vacation time with my family, to think things through (or not), to create a new kind of normal, to prepare myself for coming back to Germany. I’m still going to share pictures of our trip to San Francisco, the California coast, Maui and a very brief return to Chattanooga on Instagram and Facebook, if you are interested to follow along. And I’ll see you back here in a couple of weeks.

I’m wishing you a great summer with your loved ones! 

Moving Day Then and Now

I’m sitting at the dining room table, surrounded by moving boxes, watching the movers carrying my life down the stairs to the shipping container outside.The driveway is covered in toys, boxes, furniture. It’s a crazy house! Of course today is not the time and day for deep thoughts and beautiful writing. But I can’t stop thinking about our moving day 5 years ago. The day that my blogging journey began with my first ever blog post for our private family blog, read only by family and friends. Oh the places we have seen since then, the people we have met, the experiences we have made! And how far we have come in those 5 years! But there are also so many similarities between moving day 2011 and moving day 2016, almost identical thoughts and feelings. So please scroll down to the first blog post (in German and also in English) I ever wrote:

Moving Day

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One More Week

One more week. By the time this gets published we are down to 5 more days. 5 more days until moving day! Well, I really thought I would write more about this transition process of going back to Germany. This crazy, somewhat unreal state-of-mind that I’m currently in and that I’ve been in for a while.

one more week

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