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Working in August

Working in August

8 Aug 2017 Karina S. Henkel

People don’t get much vacation here - at least not according to my definition. But there seems to be a tendency for most people to take their meager vacation days in August and December. Right now, at work, I keep getting out-of-office-messages and my email box generally is refreshingly empty whenever I start my computer in the morning. There are only a few phone calls a day that I have to take care of. America is on vacation – hurray!

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Driver’s License at Sixteen

3 Aug 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Driver’s License at Sixteen Oh, when I moved here, I was terrified to see all these kids driving a car. Boys that looked as if they were only twelve years old were passing me on the highway, and I watched them, horrified, driving their cars, convinced that they would cause an accident any minute.

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How the Government Shutdown in Maine Affected My Vacation

31 Jul 2017 Karina S. Henkel

How the Government Shutdown in Maine Affected My Vacation Andrew works for the State of Maine. It’s a great job with interesting people. To work with and for politicians, though, has its own challenges. Politicians are their own class of people and the dynamics of politics influence not only its employees’ work life, but also their private life.

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Politics

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Bathing Suits in Paris

27 Jul 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Bathing Suits in Paris When I visited the beaches in Maine for the first time, I was a little bit surprised by what men were wearing when they went into the ocean to swim. Women wore bathing suits and bikinis, but to me it looked as if the men went fully dressed into the water.

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Entering the US from an Islamic Country

24 Jul 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Entering the US from an Islamic Country It’s just something you should be aware of when you travel into the US now. The US government has installed new safety regulations for travelers. And some of these rules state that every traveler, entering the US from an Islamic country, has to go through more security checks.

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Explaining America to Family and Friends

17 Jul 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Explaining America to Family and Friends It’s impossible. There are so many pictures, prejudices, and information (false and correct) floating around that there is no way that I could ever explain what and how America is. And for some people it is also hard to grasp how different America and the Americans are depending on the...

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Different Countries – And not so Different Insects

13 Jul 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Different Countries – And not so Different Insects In the US there are a couple of corners where you can find insects and animals that are truly dangerous for humans. Poisonous snakes, alligators, biting and stinging bugs are not rare in the warmer areas of the US. And let’s not talk about other dangers like earthquakes, volcanoes, and cyclones.

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Go Figure: Prejudices are Stupid

10 Jul 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Go Figure: Prejudices are Stupid 30 years ago I had a few bad experiences with a certain airline. They were unreliable and chaotic – and these words are, in my opinion, still a very nice way to describe what I thought about them back then.

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The Ashes of the Deceased

6 Jul 2017 Karina S. Henkel

The Ashes of the Deceased “Oh, my mother in law is in our basement for more than five years now,” said my colleague, Jenny, in the most casual tone. I had just entered the room and didn’t know what she and Kathy were talking about, but I was sure that Jenny and her husband lived...

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Politics – Only Bearable from the Distance

3 Jul 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Politics – Only Bearable from the Distance I am interested in politics – and I am not. I want to know what’s going on, but I also get so upset about what I hear and read that I often refuse to watch the news or read any articles.

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The Twins in Germany

26 Jun 2017 Karina S. Henkel

The Twins in Germany Soon I will be traveling back home to Berlin again. Usually, I try to go there in April and September, twice a year. This time I postponed my visit to line it up with Andrew’s and two of his sons’ vacations.

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