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


One of my New Years resolutions is to go through my about 40,000 images on my Macbook and delete at least 15,000 of them! Going through this photographical diary, I found a great picture for this week’s Photo Challenge “Names”.


We found this place in San Juan Bautista, back in 2009, when we visited the Old Mission with our girls. I wonder if Peter is the German part of the restaurant!

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Happy New Year!

I know I’m late, but it’s still the first week in 2017, so I think it counts. After taking a break from blogging over the holidays I decided to get back into it today. Well, and because my lunch date cancelled 😉 Continue reading

Last minute presents for friends and family abroad

’tis the season we are busy….

We all know, it is this time of the year when things tend to get crazy. Holiday parties, choir performances, gift exchanges, decorating, baking, crafting, shopping….. And on December 10th, 11th or even 14th you realize that Christmas is less than two weeks away and you still need some gifts for the family back home.

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Collaboration with Expatmamas

A few weeks ago I got a “new like” on one of my posts on facebook. Jonna from “Expatmamas” found my blog and since then we started connecting. I joined her facebook group and found other German women living the expat life and some of them are sharing their stories on a blog, too.

That’s what I love about blogging. You can connect with people all over the world who are in a similar situation.Being an an “expat mama” means that you have to deal with all these challenges. You probably have to learn a new language, you have to find the right preschool for your kids in a place you don’t know nothing about it, you have to be constantly pro-active, so you’re actually going to meet people and make new friends. You have to figure out how to apply for a social security number, insurance, a work permit and so forth. It doesn’t matter to what country you just moved to, everyone is facing corresponding problems and it is great to have a place to connect.

That’s what “Expatmamas” offers. It is the first German website for women who live abroad with families. “Expatmamas wants to be a virtual home for the time you are at home abroad. It creates a platform so you can benefit from the experience of others or share your own story.” Click on the logo   Expatmamas. Im Ausland zuhause and check out Jonna’s website.

“…eine virtuelle Heimat (…) für die Zeit, die du im Ausland zuhause bist. … eine Plattform, damit du von den Erfahrungen anderer profitieren oder selbst deine Geschichte teilen kannst.”

Jonna also features other expat blogs from all around the globe. It’s a great place to connect with other expats, kindred souls and fellow bloggers. I’m looking forward to some more cooperation and mutual exchange.

Ludwig’s Christmas Market

I love this time of the year. During the Advent, we decorate the house, hang up the Advent calendar for the kids and have a special time each Sunday, when we light a candle on our Advent wreath, read a story, sing a song or make some music together.


This is the “Weihnachtsmarkt” in my beloved Cologne, in front of the Cologne cathedral.

© Superbass / CC-BY-SA-3.0 (via Wikimedia Commons)

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NaBloPoMo # 30

Words for 2017


Drumroll please…. This is the final post of the NaBloPoMo 2016!! The first one I participated in. Some of these days it was challenging to write a post. And I’m not pleased with every single one of my 30 posts, but who cares, I did it. I’m proud and grateful for the support from people around me and foremost from my family. They listened to my ideas and even came up with some themselves.

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