Archives for the ‘Expat Experiences’ Category

Round Two: Blue Hair and Mohawks.

It was time for round two. 15 weeks had past since the last round, which meant that I was overdo once again. I managed to stall for the last two weeks, finding reasonable excuses as to why I didn’t have time that particular day, or why it was ok to keep pushing it off, but […]

Lüftung: freezing crazy Americans like me, one at a time.

Every day in German class we take a 15 minute “Pause” in order to have a snack, use the restroom, stretch our legs, etc. It’s a nice break from the four-hour class. Unfortunately for me, breaks have become associate with something not so nice: freezing. If I don’t leave the classroom I regularly find myself […]

Expat Guide to German Grocery Stores- 7 Things you may or may not have known about going grocery shopping in Germany.

1). Bring coins / Pay for your cart. If you want to use a shopping cart, prepare to leave a 50 cent to one Euro deposit (inside the machine itself) in order to detach the cart from the others. You will get your money back when you return it. 2). Weigh your own fruit. This […]

{the unexpected show-stopper}

When people come over to our apartment for the first time, after they react to our bright orange painted hallway, they seem to always be drawn to one particular thing. During a holiday party I once caught 3 teenage boys standing in the entrance of our bedroom, staring at it, their bodies as frozen as […]

the dance of change.

I received a package from my Mother in the mail today. In it was a short little book entitled “…and she sparkled”. The book is written by Joan Steffend and tells the beautiful story of a women who learns to see the joy in life and embrace her own uniqueness, even if it causes her […]

Keeping up with Tradition…

Happy New Year! Living in Pasadena, CA for the last five years has forever changed the way we see New Year’s Day. The Day has extra special meaning to us in the BlueCakes Household- something that can be summed up in one word: ROSES! The Tournament of Roses: Bandfest, The Rose Parade and the Rose […]

Staying Warm

Only 5 more days until Christmas! Are you getting in the holiday spirit? With a Christmas market spread out all over the city, and a think blanket of snow on the ground, it’s easy to get in the holiday spirit in Hannover. We are currently entertaining my Dad and his fiancee in the Blue Cakes […]

A bit of So Cal in Hannover…

I ran into a familiar face this past week while exploring Hannover a little… Yes! That’s correct- There is a Big Boy Statue in the middle of Hannover Germany! It makes it’s home outside of a retail clothing store in the center of the city. Although it isn’t attached to a restaurant selling burgers and […]

The wait is {FINALLY!} over.

It’s a good day in the Blue Cakes Household. Our never-ending quest to have internet at home in Germany is finally over. Almost 4 months from the day we signed our first internet contract in our new place of dwelling, we are now free to surf as we please from the comfort of our apartment. […]

Startled Deer in the swivel chair.

It’s one of the things that I have been avoiding ever since we moved to Germany. I’m not very fond of doing it in the US, and the thought of doing it with minimal language skills scares me. How will it turn out? Will they listen to what I say? Will I hate it? love […]