clouds and blossoms I just wanted to share something beautiful on this plain, busy and rather cloudy Thursday. Since I’ve been back in California we had the most glorious weather for February. Temperatures up to 80 ℉ (almost 27 ℃) are pretty rare for this month, even in the Golden State. It already felt like spring and you […]
Re-entry blues is expat reality. Coming back to California after visiting Germany is always a challenge for me. No matter how long I was gone, it takes me at least a few weeks to re-adjust. The time in Germany is always characterized by many reunions and by enjoying long missed rituals and delights. I relish every moment with […]
I need to write about my adventures quicker, so they do not overtake me. Three weeks ago Karneval in Cologne (Köln) started. It’s one of the biggest events of the year in this city. It’s what I came to Germany for. Well, besides seeing my family and friends. And it is something hard to describe for […]
It was a very special walk on the Sunday a couple weeks ago. A day trip through the streets of the capitol of Sweden: Stockholm. I was on my way to Germany to see my parents and to celebrate “Karneval” in Köln. I flew to Stockholm with Norwegian Airlines from Oakland. A very affordable […]
I wouldn’t say that hiking is one of my passions, but I always enjoy a good long walk, preferably with friends, in a beautiful place of which we have lots here in California. I find that it’s easier to talk while you walk. Walking is good for you in many ways. It is a low-cardio […]
Happy New Year! It’s 2016 and time for a fresh start and more blog posts, which is one of my New Year’s resolutions. The best resolution I think posted my husband: Spend more time with people & things that make you happy and less with those which do not. We will try that together. It was […]
It is December, 1st. Yeah! The anticipation of christmas has officially begun. As a German I’m still having trouble waiting that long, because I like this time of the year so much. Living in Germany, the season for me started right after my birthday mid-November, after Sankt Martin was over and shortly before the Weihnachtsmarkt opens its […]
Visitors and Fish Two days ago was the last of 33 days in a row having people visiting us. At the beginning of October our friends for almost 8 years from Switzerland arrived. They used to live here in the Valley with us and we had 4 fun years together exploring the American life, the beauty of California […]
Californians have white teeth. Californians are relaxed, helpful and positive people. They smile a lot and it’s not odd to get smiled at by a complete stranger. Tons of Californians are actually from somewhere else. Californians are more tolerant of other lifestyles and cultures than the average American. They have to be, since so many […]
Let it go Last week we had friends over for BBQ with their three girls. So we had a total of five girls between 5 and 11 years old. We had a moment that afternoon where we looked at each other, all thinking the same thing: “We thought the days of dealing with tantrums were left […]
Words of the day
Tell me, what you will do with your one wild and precious life?
— Mary Oliver
I’m Kathrin, a German who’s been living the last 9 years in the crazy world of Silicon Valley. Even though I love our life in California, I’m still missing Köln (Cologne) and the German lifestyle a lot. On this blog I share some of my stories and ruminate about what home really means. I’m a mother of two girls and the wife of an iSlave, a teacher, a social introvert and very passionate about the things I do.
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