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New Year’s Eve in Germany

New Year’s Eve in Germany

The holidays were a bit crazy for me, but now I’m back to work and settling into a routine again. Now that I’m back to writing, I thought I’d share a bit of what I did over my Christmas vacation. We had a small New Year’s Eve (or Silvester) party at our apartment, which required a cleansing of the apartment, with a bit of help from my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. It looked great, if only I could keep it that…

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Very American Questions About Christmas Trees

Very American Questions About Christmas Trees

For whatever reason, the process of getting a Christmas tree has really brought out my Americanness. I hadn’t considered myself a big stickler for traditions, but suddenly, I’m trying to recreate an American Christmas tree. I’ve made compromises, but I’ve also promised myself to stock up on certain decorations the next time we go to the US. Despite spending Christmas here before, I’ve remained pretty clueless as to how O’ Tannenbaum works here. These are some of the important questions…

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Thanksgiving in Germany

Thanksgiving in Germany

My German family has been so kind as to indulge my need for American holidays and has help put together Thanksgiving dinners for the past two years. It’s fun introducing them to American foods, and seeing how baffled they were last year at the idea of sweet potato casserole as a side. I think Germans like to keep their meals savory and their desserts sweet, so mixing in a sweet dish with the main meal just felt wrong to some…

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No Longer Saving Daylight

No Longer Saving Daylight

This post is essentially A Lesson in Latitude Part 2. Way back when Daylight Saving Time had just started, I wrote about how the never-ending sun was freaking me out. Now that Daylight Saving Time is over, the perpetual darkness is bringing me down. The sun is already racing to the horizon around 5:00 pm, and I know that, come December, we’ll be having complete darkness after 4:30. Add the days of fog we had earlier this week to that, and…

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Super American Things – In America!

Super American Things – In America!

I’m back!!! Now that I’m back in Germany, I’m going to attempt to return to my usually posting schedule. A second thanks to Bailey for her guest post which helped to keep my page from going totally dead. Before I get into really picking apart my trip, I’m going to start with grabbing some pictures I took that highlight just how American America is. Fellow Americans or those who have visited America, what is the most American thing you have seen?

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