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Parking in Maine

16 Nov 2015 Karina S. Henkel

Coming from a big city like Berlin I enjoy parking in Maine. Berlin is crowded everywhere. I think there is almost no street in Berlin where it isn’t hard to find a parking place. And if you are lucky to find one you had better be good at parallel parking; otherwise you are doomed. If you are not able to squeeze your ass into tiny spots, just leaving three inches in front of your car and in the back, you better not drive a car at all.

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Halloween is Coming

29 Oct 2015 Karina S. Henkel

Halloween is Coming This is my fifth year and my fifth Halloween is coming up. My first Halloween in the US was fun. Two of my stepsons were still young enough to do the “Trick or Treat”thing. The weeks before that day they had worked hard to create the best costumes.

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How Good is it to Compare Cultures?

8 Oct 2015 Karina S. Henkel

How Good is it to Compare Cultures? I love writing for my blogs. But writing for this blog has an interesting twist to it. I am writing here about being a stranger in America and what I observe as a foreigner and how I adjust, if at all, to the American way of life.

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What is it with Women and Their Shoes?

5 Oct 2015 Karina S. Henkel

What is it with Women and Their Shoes? My supervisor does it, my colleague does it, and my friend does it, too. And I see many more women on the streets doing the same.

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The Challenging Doorknob

1 Oct 2015 Karina S. Henkel

The Challenging Doorknob It is so funny what can be a challenge when you move into a different country. In the very beginning for me it were the little things - the very little things.

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The American Way of Being Polite

28 Sep 2015 Karina S. Henkel

The American Way of Being Polite I wrote before about it. Life is all about finding the right peer group. Especially when you move into a different country, I believe that you need people who help you to settle in. You need friends.

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American Gentlemen - A Challenge for an Emancipated Woman

24 Sep 2015 Karina S. Henkel

American Gentlemen - A Challenge for an Emancipated Woman I am emancipated. I was raised to take care of myself and not depend on men doing it for me. As a teenager I read tons of literature about the suppression of women and how to change society in order to make it more gender equal.

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Men: Don’t Wear Thongs on American Beaches

18 Sep 2015 Karina S. Henkel

Men: Don’t Wear Thongs on American Beaches It is summer right now and I really enjoy the fact that Maine has all these gorgeous beaches. But whenever I am sitting in my beach chair with a book on my lap watching all these people who are enjoying summer, too, I remember my first visit of an American...

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Winter - Finally!

17 Nov 2014 janinamihr

I never was a big fan of winter, cold weather or even christmas time to begin with. But since we moved here I developed a weird love to this time of the year. Every October when Halloween comes closer I get giddy for November 1st when Starbucks gets out the...

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Where is home?

3 Nov 2014 janinamihr

Before we moved here everyone told us that by moving to a new country you somewhat lose a real home country. Yes, you still feel connected to the country you are originally from (which for me is Germany), but the country you move to can also become some sort of...

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Lessons to learn, Life in LA, Life in OC

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Luxury Problems

20 Oct 2014 janinamihr

This post might be hard to understand for everyone who never moved away from their home. But everyone who has been in our shoes will most likely understand this all the way through. January will mark our four year anniversary in the US.

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Lessons to learn, Life in OC, Visiting our old home

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