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No Coffee House Culture in America?

No Coffee House Culture in America?

21 May 2017 Karina S. Henkel

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 always, really always, very comfortable and big chairs, love seats, and sofas. There was nothing more soothing for me than to sit in one of these big soft chairs and watch the world passing while I was working on something with my laptop on my lap. And, yes, I liked the coffee, too.

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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.

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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.

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Bad Neighbors

8 May 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Bad Neighbors Andrew and I aren’t really a role model for keeping a house and its lawn pretty. I hate working in the yard. I put some flower pots out and that’s it. Even though Andrew mows the lawn regularly, (although I argue that there is no grass in our yard to...

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Touching Conversations with Strangers

4 May 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Touching Conversations with Strangers On our way back from Montreal Andrew and I stopped at a gas station in New Hampshire. We needed to use the restrooms. When I came back I saw him standing at the register, talking to the convenience store clerk.

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Just Being American is not Enough

1 May 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Just Being American is not Enough It is one of the funny contradictions you can find when moving to this country: Americans are very proud of their country. Yes, some are also critical and see the challenges that this country is facing.

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I Want a Walk-In Closet

28 Apr 2017 Karina S. Henkel

I Want a Walk-In Closet I need a bigger house. I want a bigger house. But what I really want is a walk-in closet. And the good thing is that this is not so unusual in the US. There are many houses that have been built to accommodate the needs of women like me: women...

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The Subtleties of the Word ”Sure”

24 Apr 2017 Karina S. Henkel

The Subtleties of the Word ”Sure” I love my husband. He is a wonderful example of American politeness and gentlemen-like behavior. He opens the door for a woman, helps women into their coats, hardly ever criticizes people, is always willing to accommodate other peoples’ wishes, and always answers whenever I ask him for a favor with...

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Our Trip to Montreal

21 Apr 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Our Trip to Montreal Maine is close to Canada. I think I have mentioned that once or twice before, usually in connection with the weather because I want people to understand what our winters look like.

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There is an Easter also for me

17 Apr 2017 Karina S. Henkel

There is an Easter also for me Two years ago, my first blog post was about Easter in Maine. I can’t believe that I have been writing this blog for two years now. And I still have things to talk about. I just don’t seem to run out of ideas.

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Taxo-O-Mania

14 Apr 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Taxo-O-Mania Everybody has to file taxes by mid-April. The deadline is usually April 15th. That sometimes varies, because April 15th can fall on a weekend. But what doesn’t change is that if you don’t file your taxes by then you have to pay a penalty to the IRS.

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