This is going to be a short edition of The Weekend Files. I’m still in vacation mode and haven’t spent much time in the online world. But below I will share an experience from the real world with you.

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White socks in sandals

We were on vacation in Florida and at the grocery store, I already noticed a lot of elderly people wearing sandals. With white socks. When I ordered a couple of ciabatta rolls at the bakery counter, an older lady waited in line right behind me. No big deal, right? But: within seconds I started to feel really uncomfortable. She was standing too close to me. She invaded my personal space. A little bit later I overheard her talking to her husband. They spoke German…

That day I realized once more that I have come a long way. I still remember those first couple of months after our move to the U.S. during which I thought something was wrong with me: people kept their distance, apologized for getting into my way although they were still miles away. Since then my concept of personal space must have changed without me being aware of it – #americanized! Which leaves me thinking: How will I feel when I return to Germany? Claustrophobic?

How did you feel about personal space when you moved to a different country?

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you here next week with new links from around the web!

Oh wait! There is something else I would like to share with you. I can’t stop thinking about this recipe. It seems to be the perfect combination of a German Schokosahnetorte and an American Chocolate Mousse Cake. Please let me know if you’ve tried it or something similar. Or if you need the English translation. Or if you want to come over for a piece of this yumminess!!!