An Adventure A Day

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

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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Four years ago, we glanced nervously around us as we pushed two trolleys of precariously balanced bags, car seats, and a double umbrella stroller through the doors of the Stuttgart Airport into the great unknown. We had arrived in Germany, two adults, two toddlers, three cats and a dog. We weren’t sure of what awaited …

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Moving to a new area is full of challenges and surprises. Even within the US, moving from state to state often requires a period of some adjustment. Years of experiencing these changes gave me something of a false sense of preparedness when we moved overseas. I was accustomed to setting up a new routine, seeking …

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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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