Tag Archives: American

Christmas Dinner: Deutsche Din-din vs Yankee Yum-yums

A dilemma of monumental proportions hit us a few days before Christmas.  What the heck were we going to do for the holidays?  Unless you count not planning as a plan, we didn’t have a plan.  We didn’t even intend to cook a real dinner until Christmas Eve when we came across a cold case of comically tiny turkeys at the local grocery Continue reading Christmas Dinner: Deutsche Din-din vs Yankee Yum-yums

Two Small Potatoes, Plus One Korean

When I look back over my site calendar for the month of April, it’s the emptiest month I’ve had since I started blogging almost two years ago.  What’s up with that?!  In a mean-spirited twist of irony, the weather here has been mostly gloriously sunny and warm during the week, only to deteriorate into weekends of gnarly winter Continue reading Two Small Potatoes, Plus One Korean

TSO, Not Your Granny’s Christmas Music

We love it in the States when stores and malls start playing Christmas music, typically right after Thanksgiving.  It’s the time of year when it’s impossible to turn on the radio and not find a station playing classic holiday tunes mixed with the occasional song of a more dubious nature, such as “Grandma Got Run Over By A Continue reading TSO, Not Your Granny’s Christmas Music

A Happy Holzminden Thanksgiving

I’ve always wondered why our American holiday, Thanksgiving,  is on the fourth Thursday of November.  So random.  The first recorded harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621 wasn’t on a Thursday.  It was a three-day feast that more likely occurred in September or even October to celebrate a bountiful harvest.  But Continue reading A Happy Holzminden Thanksgiving

German Immigration Says, “Ja, You Can Stay.”

At the crack of dawn on the 26th, our American Thanksgiving holiday, Travis was already awake.  But he wasn’t basting a turkey, baking pies, or preparing green beans with garlic and bacon.  Instead, he was printing out copies of our official documents: passports, marriage certificate, work contract…the list was long.  We Continue reading German Immigration Says, “Ja, You Can Stay.”

Switzerland Gives Us The Boot

Ok, they’re not really giving us the boot…at least not for another week.  As of today, we have seven days to remain in Switzerland as residents before our extended permits expire.

Our rather complicated residency status has only gotten more Continue reading Switzerland Gives Us The Boot

8 Must-Haves For a Swiss 4th of July Bbq

Switzerland is different in so many ways than the US, but I defy you to find a person in either country who doesn’t love a good bbq.  And just as many Swiss folks celebrate their National Day (August 1st) with a barbecue, fireworks, and family/friends, many Americans celebrate our Independence Day, the 4th of July, in similar fashion. Continue reading 8 Must-Haves For a Swiss 4th of July Bbq