Link Love

Four more days of school and then that’s it! Summer will be here, no more crazy mornings whose outcome is determined by whether I come up with any creative ideas to get the kids out of bed or not, no more practicing sight words and hot-glueing projects on the weekends. And no more American classroom experience, at least for a while. It seems like it’s finally here, the season of lasts. – I hope you all had a great weekend!? We watched The Lorax and ate far too much delicious pork. But now on to my favorite links from around the web.

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Blind Dates or Why Personal Connections Are So Important

Panera Bread, P.F. Chang’s, Stir, Camp House, Wired, Mean Mug, my own house, my computer. It happens again and again. And it’s always really exciting! Will they recognize me? Do they look like the picture they send me? Do I look like the picture on my blog today? What do I do if we don’t have anything to talk about, if we run out of topics after only a few minutes? By now you might be wondering what I’m talking about. Well, about blind dates, of course! I’ve had several since I started this blog. And I’m loving it!

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“Liebe Tina!” – Ein Briefwechsel über das Expat-Leben

Erinnert Ihr Euch noch an die Briefe über das Expat-Leben, die Yasemin von YPs world und ich uns schreiben (falls nicht, findet Ihr hier Brief Eins, Zwei und Drei)? Der letzte Brief ist schon eine Weile her und dafür gibt es gute Gründe: Yasemin ist nämlich jetzt – nach genau einem Jahr – so richtig in Deutschland angekommen, sie hat wieder angefangen zu arbeiten und steckt mittendrin im Alltagsleben. Und das ist gut so, oder? Heute erzählt sie Euch und mir, wie es ihr in den letzten Wochen und Monaten so ergangen ist. Und sie schlägt mir ein paar Sachen vor, die ich unbedingt noch in den USA besorgen muss!

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Link Love

Hello Weekend Link Lovers! How was your week? Was it a good one? I’ve been stuck in a rut, for no particular reason, these past few days and now I am so excited about a relaxing weekend. Hopefully it will be warm enough for the pool and to spend a lot of time outside on Mother’s Day on Sunday. But only after we hit the Chattanooga Market, of course, to get fresh strawberries and the weekly lemonade-kettle-corn fix for the kids. And if you ever have a craving for fried chicken, you definitely have to go to Champy’s. We went there last night with our visitors from Germany and the food was really good.

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10 Expat Moments I’ll Never Forget

What were the most memorable moments of your 5 years as an expat in the United States? This is what Nancy from the blog Fuzzy Facts asked me when we talked about a topic for a guest post I was about to write for her readers. A really good question, right? And really good timing, too, because now really is the perfect time to look back! What happened during our 5 years in Chattanooga, Tennessee? Life-changing moments, for sure. We had a baby, moved houses, went on epic trips, transitioned from day-care to school, got used to tornado warnings and snow days, started listening to country music, learned the art of small talk (or not) and created our version of the American way of life! So please continue reading for the English version or head over to Nancy’s blog to read the German version of the 10 expat moments that I’ll never forget.

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Link Love

How was your week, you guys? Did you do anything fun? We are getting ready for our last visitors from Germany so it’s time to finally deal with our super-messy guest room. Infrequently used kids toys, Halloween costumes and Easter eggs (plastic, of course), an unused sewing machine plus a few half-packed moving boxes – not a very welcoming sight right now. Time to get to work, maybe once a stray thunderstorm is moving through? And what are your plans for the weekend? Whatever they are, have a good one! link love 6

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Germany – Random First Impressions

While I was in Germany for my Look & See-trip 2 weeks ago, I made sure to write everything down that struck me as different, strange, noticeable, new… Once I got off the plane in Munich, I opened my virtual Evernote notebook, started to take everything in and took notes: of how people are dressed, how they behave, what the landscape looks like, how houses are different from the United States. And of what I ate. Looking back it seems that’s all I did: eating and drinking. And talking. Lots and lots of talking. I loved it!

first impressions of Germany

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