W is for…

Watsonville

Watsonville is a city in Santa Cruz County, California, with a population about 51,000. 2013_poster_souvenir_343x600It is known for its farming industry, growing strawberries, apples, lettuce and a host of other vegetables. Watsonville is home to the annual Strawberry Festival, which includes a wide variety of strawberry based foods, live music, vendors, and rides. The Pajaro Dunes area of Watsonville attracts tourists to its high end beach front condos and time shares.

Downtown. Watsonville, California, USA

 

 

 

 

Winters

I wrote about this quaint town in Yolo County a while ago in one of my weekly rambles. If you’re on a road trip through NorCal you should definitely check it out.

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Golden State Warriors

Our favorite sports team in California! We are huge Warriors fans and have been to three games in the Oracle Arena, Oakland. After the team won the NBA championship in 2015 and after they’ve written basketball history with 73:9 wins in the 2015/2016 season, tickets prices have gone through the roof and it’s not really affordable to get tickets anymore.

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Stephen Curry is a two times MVP and Kevin Durant joined the team for the 2016/2017 season. Here is a pretty funny clip that was going  around last October: “Superteam: A Warriors Musical”.

Woodside

I’ve actually never been in Woodside downtown, but we were pretty lucky to be invited to a birthday party at Runnymede Sculpture Farm in Woodside. Most parts of the farm are not open to the public, but we were lucky enough to swim in the gorgeous pool and have a cold beer poolside. Afterwards we walked over the grounds and enjoyed all the cool sculptures. This day is high on my list of the many unforgettable days in California.

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Watch the sunset

California has more than 800 miles of coastline and hundreds of diverse beaches just waiting to be explored. You can find wide sandy beaches like Santa  Monica or Huntington, and lonely windswept beaches in Point Reyes are just as beautiful as the sun-kissed surfing spots in Orange County like Laguna Beach. So whether it is on white sand, black sand in Marin, or rocky tidelands along the Lost Coast, make sure to take time to sit down together and stare out into the Pacific while watching those last moments of light slip away. Isn’t California so beautiful?

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Ex-(re-)patriate interview #3

This time I talked to Susanne, img_1040a German who lives in California for the second time in her life.

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Fun and Support for Expat Women

A few weeks ago I founded a Meet Up group for Expat women in the Silicon Valley.

logo_meetupTo host this kind of group has been on my To Do list for quite some time and I finally I got around doing it. Meet Up is a website that brings people together in thousands of cities to do what they want to do in life. It has almost 30 mio. members around the globe.

“When we get together and do the things that matter to us, we’re at our best. And that’s what Meetup does. It brings people together to do, explore, teach and learn the things that help them come alive.” Continue reading

Three Word Thursday

Best of January

 – I haven’t really been consistent with my Three Word Thursdays, but I vow to improve.

It is February and I’m glad that January 2017 is over. It was the worst January of the decade and we all know why. But now it’s over and I don’t only want to only remember the shitty moments of this month but rather trying to think of all the good things that happened in my little universe. I decided to make this a monthly tradition: The best, the highlights of each of the twelve units of the year. I’ve seen these kind of posts on other blogs and I loved the idea. So here we go.  Continue reading

Y is for…

Yosemite

Of course. This is one of the best spots, if not THE greatest place in the Golden State. You feel small and irrelevant when you enter this spectacular valley which is full of natural beauties. River and waterfalls, mountains and gorges, cliffs and meadows, so many trails for hikers and rock faces for climbing lovers.

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The last day….

of Barack Obama’s presidency is today.

I’m so sad. This country has become my second home and even though I don’t love everything about the US (neither do I about Germany), this president and his family has become a part of my home here  and my heart.

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My weekly ramble

This was my first walk in 2017. After about 10 days of rain in the Silicon Valley (which is kind of a contradiction in itself), the weekend was supposed to be sunny and dry. And it was. We drove to Aptos and parked right outside the “Seascape Beach Resort”. We walked down Summer Avenue and crossed the train tracks past Seascape Park to get to the water. The Pacific greeted us with its deep blue and there couldn’t have been more perfect views.

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Repatriate Interview #2

Today I’m posting an interview I conducted in December.img_0197

I talked to Simone, a German who lived in Aptos, California for about 5 years, together with her husband and three kids. They had their third child in the US. Simone’s husband is British so their kids grow up bilingual anyway. In summer 2015 they moved back to Rosenheim, Germany, an area they always wanted to live.

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Ambience DIY

When I hear the word ambience, I have to think of a restaurant or a bar. I’m a foodie and I love going out for dinner or just drinks. There are a lot of good restaurants and bars around here, but in my opinion they often lack ambiance. I don’t appreciate all these open kitchens, it makes the restaurants even noisier than they already are. Continue reading

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Articles about Repatriation

The topic of repatriating is very close to my heart since we are actively thinking about moving back to Germany. But what is the best way to do it? So, the last couple weeks I’ve been researching, reading and writing about the topic a lot. There are a number of articles I found, and I’m also looking for more personal stories of people that moved back home after being abroad for more than 3 years. If you would like to share your story, please get in touch! Continue reading