Category: General Differences

See the Differences of Celebrating Birthdays between US & Germany

So, with October 3rd being my birthday, I thought it would interesting to post the differences in traditions associated with birthdays between the US and Germany.  Obviously this post provides general differences, but these can vary depending on the region of each country as well as the origin of the people involved.  In other words, ...

I Have Learned Why in America that Sometimes It Is Necessary to Press #2 for Spanish

This is a follow-up post to my earlier one regarding the challenges of learning German.  I wanted to have a separate post that related to that topic, as this topic warrants its own preaching moment from my soap box....so, here it goes.... There is a famous quote by Mark Twain that goes like this: “Travel ...

How to Obtain a German Drivers License? Study, Study, and Oh Yeah — Study!

Wo bin ich gewesen?   Where have I been?  That is a great question.  When I started this blog, I either had downtime in an airport or hotel or was just starting the new job in Germany, so free time was a luxury..  With me now being 7 months into my new job and 9 ...

Frohe Ostern…Happy Easter! How Does Germany Celebrate Easter?

One quickly learns that "the church" is taken very seriously in Germany.  A look through history books, you can understand why?!  Germany, the area where Martin Luther posted his thesis against the Catholic Church starting the Protestant Reformation.  Germany, the land where many significant battles (yes, battles) between Protestants & Catholics during the Thirty Years ...

Learn How Technology Has Helped Our Move to Germany as an American Expat – Part 1

Moving to another country that is about 4,000 miles away with a 6 hour time zone change can be a bit overwhelming, especially if it’s to a country with a different language than home.  Without the technology of today, I cannot imagine how challenging a move like this would have been 30 years, heck for ...

Learn How Technology Has Helped Our Move to Germany as an American Expat – Part 2

Skype & Video Chat: It is so amazing to be able to Skype with family back home either though the desktop computer, laptop, or phone.  With the laptop & phone, we can connect our family to anywhere we are (as long as there is an internet connection).  Being able to see faces while talking helps ...