An Adventure A Day

Because "life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all" – Helen Keller

It was five long summers ago when we left the comfortable familiarity of the US for unknown adventures of life in Europe. We didn’t know what to expect, how could we? We stepped out of the airport in Stuttgart, and suddenly everything was different. Three summers later we exchanged our address in Baden Württemberg for …

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Do you know the difference between a flower and a weed? I’m sure you believe you do. I know I did. I was told all my life that certain plants – no matter how lovely the bloom were worthless and needed to be culled from the garden. They were mowed over, discarded, ignored. It wasn’t …

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If you read many articles dealing with TCK’s – Third Culture Kids, you’ve probably come across the name Tayo Rockson. Tayo  calls himself a TCK on a mission, and what a mission it is! I want to bring East and West together and have them sit side by side with North and South to trade stories of adventures …

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Living abroad presents an interesting challenge when it comes to holidays. Do we maintain our special days and traditions, or do we celebrate like the locals? If you’re anything like us, you’ll come up with an interesting mix of both. This works well when we’re celebrating something that is wholly one or the other. Take …

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There are a few things here in Germany I will never quite get right. I will never figure out which garbage is being collected on garbage day without first checking to see what my neighbors set out. I will always dial a wrong number, because I will never figure out the proper prefix for a …

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The first summer we lived in Germany there were quite a few difficult adjustments. After you’ve somewhat successfully navigated a new place, it’s easy to forget exactly how difficult it was during those first months. Looking back now it all seems so effortless, but I know this wasn’t always the case. One afternoon, I had …

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In an attempt to tackle several items on my to-do list at once, I joined a Sportsverein (Sports Club). In my mind there is nothing more positively German than becoming a Vereinsmitglieder (club member). There are over a half a million clubs in Germany, the largest being the soccer clubs. There are usually varying levels …

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Even a move across the country can lead to culture shock. It has for me. It took me a while to realize it, but six months after a move from one part of  Germany to another, I noticed that I was having a vastly different experience. Something was just off.  I found that I was trying to recreate something I left, …

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