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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

Applying for an Indian e-Tourist Visa

In all of our travels, Travis and I have only applied for visas a few times.  We applied for them in Switzerland in 2014 – and again in Germany this year – in order to be allowed to remain in-country beyond the 90-day time frame allowed for tourists.  Both times, these visas were required for us to legally work and live as long-term Continue reading Applying for an Indian e-Tourist Visa

How scary is a trip to a German dentist?

One of the hardest things we’ve discovered about moving to a new country, particularly one in which we don’t speak the language, is finding new medical professionals.  Since we rarely go to the doctor and haven’t had dental insurance since we left the US, we were crossing our fingers that we could squeak by for a few years in Continue reading How scary is a trip to a German dentist?

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

American vs German Culture: To Eat or Not To Eat

Ask anybody what they notice first and foremost about Americans, and one thing that always tops the list is how friendly we are – too friendly.  Creepy friendly.  Seriously, who makes eye contact and smiles at a total stranger on the street?  Only an insane person would do thatWe smile too much, we’re too loud, and though it baffles me Continue reading American vs German Culture: To Eat or Not To Eat

Deciphering German Curtain Terminology

Eureka, I’ve done it! I’ve cracked the top-secret code of German curtain terminology.  I am not a kiddin’ when I tell you that figuring out how to buy curtains and make them fit our plain old standard windows has been one of the hardest tasks since our arrival.  Not only have we accomplished the task, but we were able to do so Continue reading Deciphering German Curtain Terminology

Our Einbauküche Is Finished!

Hey, you guys remember that funny little notion of the German einbauküche?   By “funny”, I don’t mean funny haha, I mean funny peculiar.  Well, last night Travis and I put the finishing touches on our brand spankin’ new kitchen.  It’s now 100% complete, fully functional, and if I do say so myself, it doesn’t look half bad!  For Continue reading Our Einbauküche Is Finished!

Our 2-Week eBay Shopping Spree

Well folks, it’s impossible not to laugh a bit in irony when we look back at our household purchases for the last couple of years.  Nineteen months ago, we sold almost everything we owned in the United States to move to Switzerland.  We found a gorgeous three-bedroom flat almost the same size as our house in Oregon, then Continue reading Our 2-Week eBay Shopping Spree

German Visas Are Officially Ours

Earlier this month, we had our second appointment at Immigration in downtown Göttingen to finalize our residency in Germany.  During our initial visit in November, we were approved for visas but were told we’d have to wait several weeks longer than expected to receive the cards because of the current backlog of refugee Continue reading German Visas Are Officially Ours