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From Registering a Marriage in Germany to the Naturalization Process

From Registering a Marriage in Germany to the Naturalization Process

16 Nov 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Yesterday I received my German marriage certificate! I am so happy. After procrastinating this for almost six years I finally have my marriage officially registered in Germany and my name has also been officially changed.

marriage, naturalization process

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What an Unusual, Warm Fall

13 Nov 2017 Karina S. Henkel

What an Unusual, Warm Fall Mainers hate winter but love autumn. They somehow like summer but always complain that it is too hot and humid. Yes, temperatures can climb up to 80 Fahrenheit (27 Celsius) in August but that does not happen very often. And don’t ask me about all the humidity complaints they have here.

fall,autumn
Maine

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Say Yes to Las Vegas

9 Nov 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Say Yes to Las Vegas Since I met Andrew nine years ago (for the second time – but that is another story), he keeps telling me that he wants to show me Las Vegas. Unfortunately for him, I was never very interested in this city.

Las Vegas

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A Bit of Wind and Halloween Gets Postponed

6 Nov 2017 Karina S. Henkel

A Bit of Wind and Halloween Gets Postponed New England was hit by a powerful storm with hurricane-force winds a week ago, knocking out power to more than a million homes and businesses across the Northeast. Maine was the state that was hit the hardest.

Halloween,power,outage,electricity

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My perfect Halloween

30 Oct 2017 Karina S. Henkel

My perfect Halloween It’s that time of the year again. Starting two months ago, I started seeing Halloween candy and decoration items in every store. Houses and yards are now decorated with carved pumpkins, spider webs, and skeletons. And everybody braces him- and herself for October 31st, when nationwide, millions of kids are...

Halloween
American Way of Life

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How to park a car

26 Oct 2017 Karina S. Henkel

How to park a car Lately cars seem to bump into my car more often than usual. Maybe it's me? But the thing is that I'm not really doing anything when this happens.

car,parking
American Way of Life

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Immigrating via Dublin

23 Oct 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Immigrating via Dublin I still love traveling back home by changing flights in Dublin.

immigration,Dublin
Visiting our old home

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You Guys Over There

19 Oct 2017 Karina S. Henkel

You Guys Over There I love visiting Germany. It is just so good to reconnect with my family and all my old friends there. Driving through the city where I grew up is such a pleasure. To see what has changed and to go to places that have been familiar to me for decades...

politics,Trump
Visiting our old home

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How to Register a Foreign Marriage in Germany

12 Oct 2017 Karina S. Henkel

How to Register a Foreign Marriage in Germany How to Register a Foreign Marriage in GermanyProgress! I have finally stopped procrastinating and started this process. And, as usual, in hindsight I don’t know why I put it off for so long. Yes, I don’t like dealing with bureaucracy, but there is no way to avoid it these days...

marriage

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Health Care Benefits – More Expensive Every Year

9 Oct 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Health Care Benefits – More Expensive Every Year For my company it’s that time of the year again. Once a year, every company that offers health benefits to its employees has to choose a new health care plan. This plan is then valid for one year until the health insurance company offers new plans again.

health care,benefits,insurances
American Way of Life

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I like meat, but please don’t remind me that these once were living animals

5 Oct 2017 Karina S. Henkel

I like meat, but please don’t remind me that these once were living animals My best friend in the US married last week. I was her maid of honor (actually, because I am married, I was supposed to call myself the matron of honor – how terrible does that sound? Who the f…. wants to be a matron? Not me.)

Lobster,meat

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