24 Jul 2017
It’s just something you should be aware of when you travel into the US now. The US government has installed new safety regulations for travelers. And some of these rules state that every traveler, entering the US from an Islamic country, has to go through more security checks. But what really shocked me was that the person at the check-in in Berlin told me that I was not allowed to bring my laptop and iPad with me in my hand luggage. I had to give her my tiny laptop bag and she threw it on the conveyor belt with all passengers’ big and heavy bags and suitcases. I cringed. Would I see my laptop and iPad ever again? And if so, would they still be intact?
17 Jul 2017
It’s impossible. There are so many pictures, prejudices, and information (false and correct) floating around that there is no way that I could ever explain what and how America is. And for some people it is also hard to grasp how different America and the Americans are depending on the...
13 Jul 2017
In the US there are a couple of corners where you can find insects and animals that are truly dangerous for humans. Poisonous snakes, alligators, biting and stinging bugs are not rare in the warmer areas of the US. And let’s not talk about other dangers like earthquakes, volcanoes, and cyclones.
10 Jul 2017
30 years ago I had a few bad experiences with a certain airline. They were unreliable and chaotic – and these words are, in my opinion, still a very nice way to describe what I thought about them back then.
6 Jul 2017
“Oh, my mother in law is in our basement for more than five years now,” said my colleague, Jenny, in the most casual tone. I had just entered the room and didn’t know what she and Kathy were talking about, but I was sure that Jenny and her husband lived...
3 Jul 2017
26 Jun 2017
Soon I will be traveling back home to Berlin again. Usually, I try to go there in April and September, twice a year. This time I postponed my visit to line it up with Andrew’s and two of his sons’ vacations.
23 Jun 2017
For me, a day at a beach means this: roasting for hours in the sun, dipping my toes into the cold water once or twice, collecting rocks and sea glass, and watching seagulls stealing food from people’s hands and out of their bags.
19 Jun 2017
15 Jun 2017
I still haven’t changed my name on my German passport. I know. I suck. But I keep postponing dealing with this, and it has been now five years that I keep procrastinating. I don’t know what my issue is, but it seems to be quite an ordeal to get all...