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How Are You Doing?

How Are You Doing?

20 Jul 2015 Karina S. Henkel

Whenever I watched old westerns I often heard the protagonists greeting each other with, “howdy.” And it was pretty clear for me that this was their cool way of saying “hello” to each other. Years ago I learned that “howdy” is a short form of “How are you doing?” I still thought that this was pretty cool. Until I moved to the US.

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Lock the Door and Shut the Windows

16 Jul 2015 karinahenkel

Lock the Door and Shut the Windows Last week I was in a hurry and shut myself out of my house. It was early in the morning and I was late for work. I left my house and car keys on the counter in the kitchen and had no idea how to get back in.

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Being Naked in America

13 Jul 2015 karinahenkel

Being Naked in America Before I moved to the US I knew a bit about this country - maybe a bit more than other people because I had taken North American Studies at the university. All my life I heard about what a paradox culture the American culture can be.

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The Government is Going to Shut Down

9 Jul 2015 karinahenkel

The Government is Going to Shut Down Every year it's a similar story, at least for me. Either the federal or state government threatens to shut down if they can't manage to agree on a budget for the next fiscal year.

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The 4th of July is My New Years Eve

6 Jul 2015 karinahenkel

The 4th of July is My New Years Eve Have you ever tried to celebrate New Year’s Eve in America? Ok, my experience is limited to Maine, but Maine doesn’t seem to be that different from the rest of the country, at least in that respect. There are hardly any fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

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How to Behave at Walmart Properly

2 Jul 2015 karinahenkel

How to Behave at Walmart Properly I think I have mentioned before how friendly people are in the US. I never met more friendly and helpful people than here in Maine. And Mainers are considered to be very distant and unfriendly among other Americans.

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Beware of the Wine Drinkers!

25 Jun 2015 karinahenkel

Beware of the Wine Drinkers! Portland, Maine in July last year. There was a free and open air concert at Monument Square. It was a beautiful summer evening at 6pm. People leisurely strolled across the place, listening to the music and some of them were even dancing.

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Go to Work And Listen to Hot Music

22 Jun 2015 karinahenkel

Go to Work And Listen to Hot Music The first thing I noticed when I started my work three years ago was that my new office was in one big room with a lot of cubicles. Cubicles are usually places where each desk is surrounded by room dividers.

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Freezing When it's Hot

18 Jun 2015 karinahenkel

Freezing When it's Hot I live in Maine. If you don’t know Maine, don’t worry. Hardly anyone outside of the US has heard of Maine. It’s a small state with only 1.6 million inhabitants way up in the north on the east coast. It’s right on the border of Canada.

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Strange Car Dealers

15 Jun 2015 karinahenkel

Strange Car Dealers One year ago my car broke down and I needed a new one. I mentioned before that you can’t live without a car here. I took a rental car with which I could drive to work and visited several car dealerships and saw a lot of cars.

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Stinking Skunks

8 Jun 2015 karinahenkel

Stinking Skunks Yesterday I came home late. It was dark and I parked my car in front of our little house. The second I opened my car door I knew it: There was a skunk close by. Sometimes you are lucky and you can smell them before you see them.

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