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Broken hearts

22 Jan 2018 Karina S. Henkel

Nooooooo! Someone snapped our dream house away. When I told the realtor that we are going to buy it, he noticed that it was taken off the market just a half hour before. It was six months listed and no one was interested in it for months. According to our realtor there were no showings in a long time. And then we came. We liked it so much that we looked twice at this house last weekend. Andrew wanted to put an offer in right away. I was hesitant. The commute from and to this house would be so long and I needed a few days to make peace with that.

house, new house, moving
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Love at first sight

18 Jan 2018 Karina S. Henkel

Love at first sight We found our dream house! In December we hired a realtor to help us find a new house and sell our old one. The realtor gave us clear advice on how to stage our little house to make it more attractive for potential buyers.

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Baby, it’s cold out there

15 Jan 2018 Karina S. Henkel

Baby, it’s cold out there Here all radio stations play the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” first recorded in the 1940s, every winter, several times a day. I like this song, but I think I heard too much of it by now.

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America Suits You

8 Jan 2018 Karina S. Henkel

America Suits You My mother really misses me and had a tough time when I decided to move to the U.S. And the times got even harder for her after I left. I am her only child, and she lives alone, and we don’t have a big family.

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Real Cowboys

4 Jan 2018 Karina S. Henkel

Real Cowboys I am sure I have seen them before. I must have. But for some reason I can’t remember that I ever saw men dressed like that before our visit to Las Vegas. There were important rodeos going on when Andrew and I visited that city, and wherever we went we...

cowboys,rodeo
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Another Year is Over

1 Jan 2018 Karina S. Henkel

Another Year is Over I have to admit it: Once a year, on January 1st, I lay tarot cards - just for fun – and just for me. It’s my little tradition. Before I lay my cards, I read what I had noted the year before and compare my notes to what actually happened...

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No Christmas Because of Winter Weather?

29 Dec 2017 Karina S. Henkel

No Christmas Because of Winter Weather? Every child loves it and even many adults want it: a white Christmas. As a child I was always disappointed when there was no snow on Christmas Eve, because that’s the only way a real Christmas was supposed to look.

Christmas,winter,snow
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Americans are Superficial

25 Dec 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Americans are Superficial I have another blog and wrote a post years ago about the common prejudice that Americans are superficial. To make a long story short: they are not! But I still get comments on that post from Germans who are convinced that Americans are not able to connect honestly with others.

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Marital Issues?

23 Dec 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Marital Issues? One day, Andrew looked at me and said, “You don’t think I am funny!” I was a little bit surprised to hear that. We have fun together, we laugh about stuff, but would I have specifically called him a riot or a party clown? Not really.

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But I Love the Grand Canyon

20 Dec 2017 Karina S. Henkel

But I Love the Grand Canyon After spending a day in Las Vegas I was looking forward to the bus tour to the Grand Canyon. The bus was supposed to drive by the Hoover Dam and bring us to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.  I wanted to get out of the city and see...

Las Vegas,Grand Canyon,Hoover Dam

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You Hate Las Vegas

16 Dec 2017 Karina S. Henkel

You Hate Las Vegas After nine years Andrew can cross one thing off his bucket list: getting his wife to Las Vegas. For years he kept telling me what a fascinating city it is and how much fun it would be for us to go there and explore all the excitement this city offers.

Las Vegas,Grand Canyon,slot machines

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