20 Jul 2015
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.
16 Jul 2015
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.
13 Jul 2015
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.
9 Jul 2015
6 Jul 2015
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.
2 Jul 2015
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.
25 Jun 2015
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.
22 Jun 2015
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.
18 Jun 2015
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.
15 Jun 2015
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.