8 Aug 2017
People don’t get much vacation here - at least not according to my definition. But there seems to be a tendency for most people to take their meager vacation days in August and December. Right now, at work, I keep getting out-of-office-messages and my email box generally is refreshingly empty whenever I start my computer in the morning. There are only a few phone calls a day that I have to take care of. America is on vacation – hurray!
31 Jul 2017
Andrew works for the State of Maine. It’s a great job with interesting people. To work with and for politicians, though, has its own challenges. Politicians are their own class of people and the dynamics of politics influence not only its employees’ work life, but also their private life.
30 May 2017
As a German ex-employee I am very spoiled: six weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days, and strong worker’s rights. Coming to the US was a culture shock in this respect. I knew what I had to expect before I moved here, but I was quite anxious about how it...
5 Jan 2017
I sincerely try not to complain about the fact that Americans get so much less vacation and sick days than Germans. Especially in this blog, I want to look at the bright side of whatever my new life abroad offers me.
29 Dec 2016
3 Oct 2016
Compared to German labor rights, Americans seem to have a hard work life. This might be true, generally speaking, but it really depends on what kind of an employer you find. Before I moved to the US I was horrified, believing that I would hardly ever find the time to...
23 Jun 2016
I just had coffee with a German. I met her by coincidence. It is her vacation and she is visiting the US. She told me total strangers invited her to stay in their houses on her two week trip to the US.
10 Dec 2015
Ok, I live in Maine. I have never lived in a different state in the US (yet). Therefore I can’t tell you how Americans generally are. I can’t even tell you how people in New England or how Mainers are.
20 Oct 2014
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.
24 Sep 2013
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.
17 Dec 2012
Well what can I say - this year flew by! This weekend was our last weekend in the US in 2012, since we are flying to Germany for a two week stay on Wednesday. I totally remember the day in September where we booked the flights (yes, they were cheap...