Zimtsternen (cinnamon stars)

One German tradition which I truly fell in love with is to bake Xmas cookies called Plätzchen to give it to friends, families and colleagues during the advent time. There are hundreds of different cookie type and family recipes are passed down through generations. Normally I meet with my girlfriends on a Sunday to bake Plätzchen, listen to Xmas Carols and bake hundreds of cookies. Since this … Continue reading Zimtsternen (cinnamon stars)

Seeing a full or an empty glass is not just about individual attitudes

3 years ago, I changed job and joined another team in the same company where I was the only non-German. I had already lived in Germany for about 3 years by then and spoke the language fluently so I assumed it would not be a big deal and guess what I was super wrong. One of the first challenge I faced in this position had to … Continue reading Seeing a full or an empty glass is not just about individual attitudes

What give us our daily bread means for Germans

Couple of years ago, I used to order one brötchen (bread rolls) at the neighborhood bakery and that seemed to baffle the lady at the counter so much that she kept on pushing me to buy some more, saying it was not enough for one person. I had never thought much about it until I had to spend 24 hours at the hospital and finally … Continue reading What give us our daily bread means for Germans

The city that has become part of myself

While strolling through the south city on my way to brunch I was reminded of the love for the city of Cologne. My love for this place I call home even though I don’t have a place there yet and the love of its inhabitants and those who once lived there. Cologne people have this very deep attachment for their city and they are not … Continue reading The city that has become part of myself

The joy of flat hunting in German metropolis

I am back in Germany since yesterday with the sole task of finding us a home before our container reaches somewhere in the mid of January… the Full process is all but easy as there are way more applicants than flat available and I am reminded how much I hated this process when I did it the first time in 2011. The sky is no … Continue reading The joy of flat hunting in German metropolis

Language, Emotions or the many way to express yourself

When I was 21, I went to work a summer as an Au-Pair in the UK and I remember being extremely frustrated about not being able to express affection to the kids I was babysitting in English. The word were failing me and I felt like I was failing the children. I am usually a very self-controlled person and I know that I can come … Continue reading Language, Emotions or the many way to express yourself