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Thanksgiving 2014

1 Dec 2014 Karina S. Henkel

This year we hosted thanksgiving at our house for the first time. It wasn't a really big celebration, but we had our closest friends over and I cooked a three course meal for everyone. I actually never thought I would do this (at least not before having kids or being older), but I actually spent around three hours in the kitchen to prep for this and didn't sit down once until we actually ate. Now you might ask yourself how I cooked a whole meal including a turkey in three hours. Well, there actually was no turkey involved since we are vegan and our friends decided to join in on the vegan fun. With one tiny exception: Flo brought some turkey leftovers from his office potluck and our friend actually got his complete thanksgiving dinner with turkey.

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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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Sometimes life happens...

13 Oct 2014 janinamihr

Once again I have to begin a post with an apology. I haven't been posting in a while and I actually don't have a real reason for it. It's just one of those cases where life just happened.

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Visitors

12 Aug 2014 janinamihr

We have been in the US for nearly four years now and we obviously are super thrilled whenever friends or family come to visit us. But now, after all the month we have been here, I feel like it is also becoming a stressful time.

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Three years

3 Feb 2014 janinamihr

Unbelievable but true: Friday marked our three year anniversary here in the US. On the one hand the last three years basically flew by, on the other I feel like we must have been here way longer considering everything that happened.

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The good old days

15 Jan 2014 janinamihr

This past weekend we met with our german friends and for whatever reason started reminiscing in the good old times when we first moved here. It's always kinda fun to talk about stuff like this with people who went through the same and it also is a good way to...

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Behind the scenes

18 Nov 2013 janinamihr

This weekend was supposed to be our big "Hollywood"-weekend. The friends who are visiting us right now are big movie and TV fans, so we thought it would be a great idea to take a look behind the scenes.

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Oh, Hollywood!

16 Sep 2013 janinamihr

We had tickets to see a concert in Los Angeles on Saturday and decided to drive up there in the afternoon to spend some time in and around West Hollywood. I didn't think I would ever see say this, but driving through our old neighbourhood made me really sad and...

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Off to new adventures

15 Jul 2013 janinamihr

I think I already mentioned that something happened recently. I never feel comfortable talking about tough situations while I am in the middle of them. But now everything is good and I feel like I owe you an explanation. A bit over 4 weeks ago I actually lost my job.

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Sports

10 Jun 2013 janinamihr

Flo and I - as you may already know - aren't very much into sports. But with living in the US comes a little love for sports I guess. For the second weekend in a row we have been watching the Ice Hockey Play Offs.

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West Coast Friendships

20 May 2013 janinamihr

From the beginning on I've been very honest with you about what I find hard about moving to a new country. My biggest fear and indeed one of my biggest struggles here in the US has been finding friends from the beginning on.

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