THE AMERICAN DREAM Logo

Alien in America

This time of year

This time of year

17 Dec 2013 Karina S. Henkel

If Americans do something right, it absolutely is christmas decorations. Back in Hollywood we didn't see that many, but down here it is just pure joy to drive through the neighbourhoods and look at the crazy trees and decorations people come up with. There are also christmas light parades in the marinas, where yacht owners decorate their boats and join in a colorful parade throughout the harbour. I must say I never enjoyed the winter and especially christmas time much in Germany (probably mostly, because it is ice cold and rainy), but over here I cannot get enough of it.At the same time I am a little sad though, since this will be my very first christmas that I spend away from home and without my parents. We are slowly starting to make plans for this time.

Life in OC, Visiting our new home

Read more

Third time's the charme

10 Dec 2013 janinamihr

This weekend I thought this old saying might bring us some luck. We took my parents for a much anticipated Whale Watching trip and guess what - we didn't see any whales! For the third time in a row! But even if it was ice cold out on the ocean,...

Christmad,Greencard,Huntington Harbour Marina,Newport Beach,Orange County,Whale Watching
Life in OC, Visiting our new home

Read more

New Priorities

4 Nov 2013 janinamihr

As you know, we are in full on visiting season right now. Currently we have some german friends staying with us, who actually are pretty much responsible for us being here. They were the ones who made Flo sign up for the Greencard Lottery, which he luckily won on first try.

germany,Greencard,US,USA
Greencard, Lessons to learn, Visa Application, Visiting our new home

Read more

A much needed lazy weekend

24 Sep 2013 janinamihr

Okay, the headline makes this sound like the last weeks were crazy and we just needed to relax this last weekend. But actually that's not the case. We had to pre-relax a little, since tomorrow visitor season is starting for us.

emigrant,emigration,germany,Greencard,US,vacation
Lessons to learn, Life in OC, Visiting our new home

Read more

Exciting Weekend

25 Mar 2013 janinamihr

Exciting Weekend On Saturday we actually stayed at our new place for a bit longer. Around lunchtime we drove to Huntington to wait for the delivery of our new couch and our new desk. We used the waiting time to move in a few more things and check out the area a...

apartment,Huntington Beach,Orange County
Life in LA, Life in OC, Visiting our new home

Read more

Countdown to move

25 Feb 2013 janinamihr

I know we are only moving in about 4 weeks, but I am already getting excited and a little anxious for it. Lately life has been a bit stressful and now with all the moving tasks added to our list, our days are practially filled with errands and planning.

beach,commute,Huntington Beach,LA,Los Angeles,neighborhood,OC,Orange County
Life in LA, Visiting our new home

Read more

New Apartment

13 Feb 2013 janinamihr

New Apartment As I mentioned above it is located in the Huntington Harbour area. We don't actually face the Harbour or beach, but it is only a 10 minute walk to the beach and a five minute walk to the Bolsa Chica Wetlands of Huntington Beach.

2 bedroom,apartment,beach,Hunting Harbour,OC,Orange County
Life in LA, Visiting our new home

Read more

Our first week in LA

3 Feb 2011 janinamihr

Our first week in LA  LA greated us with bright sunshine and we felt so good to finally arrive in the city we now call our home. After a little drive we arrived at the place where we will stay for the next two months which is located in the heart of West Hollywood.

airport,Hollywood,immigration,LA,luggage,Orange County,Runyon Canyon,Valentine's Day,West Hollywood
Visiting our new home

Read more

Apply for the Social Security number – check!

5 Nov 2010 janinamihr

Apply for the Social Security number – check! So we decided to take the chance of being in the US now and applied for the SSN on Tuesday. We got up early, because we had no appointment and arrived at the Social Security Administration Office at 9 am when they opened.

Application,consulate,Frankfurt,germany,Greencard,interview,passports,Social Security Administration Office,Social Security Number,SSN
Visiting our new home

Read more

My first Halloween

31 Oct 2010 janinamihr

My first Halloween For us the weirdness actually started pretty early that day when we went for a coffee run and the girl at Starbucks greeted us with Happy Halloween. Afterwards we met our hotel manager with a little girl (maybe his) who asked us to Trick or Treat.

Ashley Olsen,Care Bear,carnival,German,germany,Halloween,Little Bo Beep,Mary-Kate Olsen,Nacho Libre,Newport Beach,trick or treat
Visiting our new home

Read more

Welcome back

29 Oct 2010 janinamihr

Welcome back For this is our first morning here, there hasn't happened much, yet. But, I do have a huge change to announce: I finally figured out what to do with my name here. The last times we were in the US I noticed that Americans can't spell my name Janina.

americans,California,Father of the Bride,Greencard,LAX,US
Visiting our new home

Read more