Author Archives: Eve

Defining “home”

A Facebook friend — also an American living abroad — recently wrote a lovely and insightful post that started with the question, “What does home mean to you? Can I go home to visit my parents in the US and … Continue reading

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Xerion: inveterate thief, seasoned traveler, cat

Some cats are just indiscriminately friendly, rubbing up against any ankles that come by, purring and begging to be petted. Xerion was not one of those cats. We will always be incredibly grateful to the cat sitters who were willing … Continue reading

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√úberschlag-Schiffschaukel: 4, Eve: 1

“Quick question, please: Is she sleeping or still awake?” I asked the guy working the person-powered ship swings (Schiffschaukeln) a litte before 8 p.m. last night. I was referring to the two-year-old in the kid-carrier/hiking-backpack I was wearing.1 He peered … Continue reading

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Of nose bears and swamp beavers

Yesterday’s visit to the Greifswalder Tierpark (zoo) repeatedly called to mind the helpful German Animal Names Flowchart that was doing the rounds on Facebook a while back. Among the Greifswald residents are many of the animals that the chart covers: … Continue reading

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Life with a seven-month-old

On the term Nimmersatt The children’s book title The Very Hungry Caterpillar is translated into German as Der kleine Raupe Nimmersatt — literally, The Little Caterpillar Never-Full. As a parent of a Nimmersatt, I enjoy greatly that this noun exists. … Continue reading

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Scrabble auf Deutsch

Believe it or not, this was, in fact, the first word played in our first German Scrabble game. (“Brau” is the imperative conjugation of “brauen” (to brew).) The History Despite having enjoyed quite a variety of board games growing up, … Continue reading

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Dirndl vs. Lederhosn (thoughts on traditional Bavarian dress from an American living in Mecklenburg-Vormpommern)

How’s that for a disclaimer on the title? In any case, my musings started when I was in the real (a Target-like super-store) about a month ago, saw a display of Oktoberfest wear, and was surprised to see that the … Continue reading

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How to move your cat to Germany

What’s the very first thing you research, when you just begin to think that maybe, just maybe, the prospect of that job overseas might be more than just a wish and a sigh of “Wouldn’t it be nice if that … Continue reading

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