Alien in America

Working in August

Working in August

8 Aug 2017 Karina S. Henkel

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!

work, August, vacation
American Way of Life

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How the Government Shutdown in Maine Affected My Vacation

31 Jul 2017 Karina S. Henkel

How the Government Shutdown in Maine Affected My Vacation 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.


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Employee’s Benefits in Four Different Countries

30 May 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Employee’s Benefits in Four Different Countries 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...

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Is Anybody Out There?

5 Jan 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Is Anybody Out There? 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.


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My Husband Took a Vacation Without Me in Puerto Rico

29 Dec 2016 Karina S. Henkel

My Husband Took a Vacation Without Me in Puerto Rico . . . and I had to deal with a broken furnace in Maine while it was 15° F (- 10° C) outside.


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Many Days Off

3 Oct 2016 Karina S. Henkel

Many Days Off 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...


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American Hospitality

23 Jun 2016 Karina S. Henkel

American Hospitality 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.

American Way of Life

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Americans Work too much

10 Dec 2015 Karina S. Henkel

Americans Work too much 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.


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Luxury Problems

20 Oct 2014 janinamihr

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.

Lessons to learn, Life in OC, Visiting our old home

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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.

Lessons to learn, Life in OC, Visiting our new home

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Last US weekend 2012

17 Dec 2012 janinamihr

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...

2012,2013,Christmas,germany,Los Angeles,OC,US,vacation
Life in LA

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