November 11th

Geert Hofstede defines culture as ” the collective programming of the  mind which distinguishes the members of one category of people from another”, these categories can include one or more of the following: a nation, a region, ethnic group, gender group, generational group, social class, profession or occupational group, a type of business, work orContinue reading “November 11th”

Wrapping up a no-spend month

I don’t know what I was thinking when I first decided that my family would do this. Perhaps I was simply thinking that we would save money and clean out the cupboards. Well, it turned out to be so much more than that! First, I became a bit ill after the new year. This meantContinue reading “Wrapping up a no-spend month”

[ ] the pain away…

I’ve been thinking about how Puritanical America is and how ingrained some ideas had become in me, the ‘American abroad’, and more importantly – especially because I now have a son – what of those ideas really is important and what should be let go.

9 Tips on How to better communicate with Americans

Originally posted on Southeast Schnitzel:
When first-time expatriates arrive in the United States they are often underprepared for the North American way of communicating. This is especially true for Central Europeans who tend to assume that i) they learned enough about American communication patterns via literature and media consumption, and/or ii) communication styles are very similar…

Lost in Translation…

I asked my husband to pick up my prescription (das Rezept) from the Apotheke (pharmacy/chemist) as he himself had to go to the doctor (das Ärtze) today. This is what he brought home. In other news, I am having an international baby, which has been preoccupying my time (along with a ton of work) asContinue reading “Lost in Translation…”