Oh what fun – Christmas Markets in and around Burghausen

Having lived in the United States for such a long time means that we missed out on the wonderful Advent and Christmas season for years. Sure – we always had an Advent wreath, decorated our house with all the Christmassy stuff and made our own mulled wine. But nothing compares to actually experiencing a Christmas market yourself.

Christmas markets Burghausen FrauenchiemseeThe hot drink that warms your frozen hands, the brats on the BBQ that make your mouth water, the sound of Christmas carols from an organ, topped with the delicious smell of roasted almonds. Christimas time doesn’t get better than this, right? So today I’m going to share the Christmas markets in and around Burghausen that are on our To-Be-Visited-list. What’s on yours?

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Blogst 2016 – My Takeaways

It’s been two weeks already that I went to Hamburg for my first German blog conference, Blogst 2016. I’m still recovering from a very busy weekend while connecting to the many creative people I’ve met, browsing through freshly discovered Instagram feeds and processing the ton of information and inspiration that I gathered over the course of 3 days. I’m sure this blog post is going to bring some structure into my brain since I learn and remember best when I write things down. As I did with my ALT Summit review I’ve decided to walk you briefly through the schedule and share my biggest takeaways with you. Ready? Let’s go!

Blogst 2016

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Blogst 2016 – Here I come!

Back in February I put together a list of 99 things I wanted to do before I went back to Germany. One thing on the list was to get a ticket to the Blogst 2016 conference in Hamburg. Which turned out to be almost impossible! The tickets literally sold out in milliseconds. But luckily I have my online-now-real-life friend Jonna from expatmamas.de at my side. Back in June (when I was frantically refreshing the Blogst-page on my phone while watching my daughter’s cheerleading performance) Jonna made the impossible possible: she snatched not one, but two tickets to Blogst 2016. One for her, one for me! 

Blogst 2016

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Zuhause

Kennt Ihr dieses Gefühl, wenn Ihr nach einem Urlaub nur noch wenige Kilometer von Eurem Zuhause entfernt seid? Die ersten bekannten Orte und Plätze an Euch vorbeiziehen? Die Lichter Eures Wohnorts in der Ferne zu erkennen sind? Wenn Euch die Ruhe überkommt und die Hektik und der Stress der Heimreise langsam abfällt. Denn gleich habt Ihr es geschafft. Ihr seid wieder Zuhause, in Euren eigenen vier Wänden. Es ist so ein wohliges, angenehmes, beruhigendes, ja ein richtig gutes Gefühl.

Zuhause

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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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