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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day

19 Jun 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Yesterday, June 18th 2017, I made a mistake. I called my father in Germany and wished him “Happy Father’s Day”. He answered that with silence first and then asked me what I was talking about.

Father's Day, Mother's Day
Holidays

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Passport Changes

15 Jun 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Passport Changes 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...

bureaucracy,passport,name change

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The Grill is Gone

12 Jun 2017 Karina S. Henkel

The Grill is Gone I am Andrew’s second wife. And he told me that when he moved out of the house that he and his first wife shared, all he took with him was his laptop and his grill.

grill,swimming pool
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Retirement in America

9 Jun 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Retirement in America I never thought about retirement before I moved here. In Germany I knew I would not have a lot of money when I am old, but I would get by somehow. I never earned a lot of money and refused to put money aside for retirement, although this has been...

retirement,401K,IRA

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Dual Citizenship And the Benefit of Getting Old

6 Jun 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Dual Citizenship And the Benefit of Getting Old People keep asking me if I will become an American citizen. And every time my answer comes quickly: no. Germany allows dual citizenship but getting it does not seem to be that easy.

citizenship,dual

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Living in an RV

2 Jun 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Living in an RV Oh man. I have friends who are going to live their dream. And honestly, this is also my dream.

RV
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Employee’s Benefits in Four Different Countries

30 May 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Employee’s Benefits in Four Different Countries As a German ex-employee I am very spoiled: six weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days, and strong worker’s rights. Coming to the US was a culture shock in this respect. I knew what I had to expect before I moved here, but I was quite anxious about how it...

benefits,health insurance,vacation
work

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Thank God, No Plastic Bags

26 May 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Thank God, No Plastic Bags I have to make a confession. I am lazy like a bone when it comes to environmental behavior. I know, I know that is not how we are supposed to behave, but I really suck at this.

Shopping,walmart,environment
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No Coffee House Culture in America?

21 May 2017 Karina S. Henkel

No Coffee House Culture in America? There is this big American coffee house chain that also operates in Germany. I don’t want to say its name here - you never know if this is legal or not. I used to love to go to their coffee houses in Berlin because they have free Wi-Fi there and...

coffee house
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How to Transfer Money from Abroad to the US

15 May 2017 Karina S. Henkel

How to Transfer Money from Abroad to the US It’s so strange in the US.  Americans are way ahead in some things. Their cars, for example, have a higher standard than what I am used to in Germany. With standard I mean the gadgets that you can find in them.

transfer
money

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Casinos: Watching Paint Dry

11 May 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Casinos: Watching Paint Dry Andrew loves casinos. He just loves it. And now he has a friend who loves it, too, and they both go as often as possible to one of the two casinos here in Maine. They are just small gamblers.

casinos,gambling
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