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German Apartments = Good Preparation for Home Ownership

Unlike in the US, when you rent an apartment in Germany you are responsible to see to the majority of apartment repairs. -Sink broken? -Toilet Leaking? -Drain in Tub backed up? -Ceiling lights burnt out? -Water Heater in need of yearly service check? -Windows in need of better winter insulation? The response to all of […]

She’s back…

Leave it to beko to reunite us…   She climbed up the 84 stairs and entered our apartment. Perhaps winded from the long climb or even a bit taken back by the bright orange hallway, she stopped for a minute to take in the surroundings. Her eyes searched back and forth as she tried to […]

Apartment Tour {finally!}

It’s hard to believe that, as of just a couple of weeks ago, Drew and I have been living in Germany for 2 years! The time has gone by quickly at times and has seemed to go on forever at others. Two years ago we moved into an apartment with no kitchen, no light fixtures, […]

Having a Baby in Germany, Part Four: The little lady gets a land

One of the questions we get asked the most about having a baby in German is related to our daughter’s citizenship- is she a US citizen? German? Both? Most assume that our little one was eligible for German or dual citizenship just because she was born here, but that is not the case! Germany does […]

Having a Baby in Germany, Part Two: Midwives and Doctors Appointments

Children in Germany generally have nine check-ups with a doctor- the first taking place immediately after birth, the last one happening around the time they are 5 years old. In addition, there is also an adolescence check-up when they are 12 or 13 years old. These appointments, or Vorsorgeuntersuchungen, are commonly referred to as U1, […]

Thoughts on Giving Birth in Germany

I’m back! And proud to have added a new title to my identity: Blue Cakes Blogger: wife, blogger… and mother. And, although I’m exhausted, have no idea what day it is, and still feeling like I’m a machine working on autopilot (change diaper, nurse, burp, change diaper, play, rock to sleep, repeat), I can say […]

Bringing back the fluff…

We were doomed. We had finally secured an apartment in Hannover and then we realized- there were no dryer hook-ups in our new abode. To us, this meant no more hot towels, no more quick loads of laundry. Germany had taken over every aspect of our household life, including routine chores. After the initial disappointment […]

A Pregnant American in Germany, part 6: Attitudes towards Pregnant Women

Last week, Drew and I traveled to Beijing, China. At 7 and a half months pregnant, there was no hiding the fact that I was expecting.  As I walked down the aisle of the plane to my seat I could see people starring at my belly, probably thinking to themselves, “oh no- please don’t have […]

A Pregnant American in Germany, part 5: Hospital Differences

My recent and unexpected hospital stay presented itself as a definite learning experience into the many cultural differences between German and American hospitals. Here are a few of the main differences I noticed: -I’ll now state the obvious: as this was a German hospital, everything was done in German. That said, I was actually fortunate […]


Daises, Daffodils, Buttercups, Violets – blanketed in full green grass- flowing through the parks, peaking up in the medians, reaching for the sun. Spring, in all it’s beauty has come to Hannover. “Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth […]