Me&my worlds

As a German living in the United States I can’t avoid to compare food, habits, expressions, daily life… to explain and point out idiosyncrasies of my two worlds to each other. As a PhD candidate in journalism and media studies I can’t help but to pick up odds and ends of U.S. and German media. As a human I can’t stop observing just everything around me and share some of the experience. You’re welcome to come along a bit of the way and contribute your comments.


2 responses to “Me&my worlds

  1. Rachel Flaiz Anderson

    Rick (J’s uncle) provided me with a link to your blog. Very interesting!!! I enjoy reading your views on living in the US. I believe attitudes much would be different and understanding more developed if only travel were less expensive and thus more common. BTW, I also love bread, full-bodied, dense bread!!! I totally understand your longing for good breads.

    I traveled to Europe on 1975 for 6 weeks of summer study at the University of Strasbourg and 2 weeks of vagabond travel. While there, I had a student railpass and ventured to Rome, Florence, Stuttgart, Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne, Triberg, wine route nearby Strasbourg, Basel, Fribourg, Dusseldorf, Montreux…I’m sure there are some I am forgetting. We “skipped” classes to stay longer in Paris and explore the city, attending the Comedie Francaise, and visiting many sites. My Italy and Germany/Netherlands travel was either before or after our summer school session. My studies/trip was funded by scholarships from Alliance Francaise and supplemented by my family.

    I was lucky enough to take my kids to Eurpoe in 1995 and we spent 30 days, withan average of 3 days per city. We visited Rome, Florence, Venice, Munich (including Neuschwanstein area and Dachau), Salzburg, Interlaken, Muren (and the Jungfrau), Arles (and environs) and Paris. It was marvelous…we stayed in European owned B&Bs/small hotels to enrich our experience. We had railpasses and rented cars in Munich so we could visit Dachau and Neuschwanstein area, and in Arles so we could visit les Saintes Maries beaches and the Camargue. The trip was funded by a small inheritance from a great uncle. The aim was twofold: to enrich my children’s lives by exposing them to other cultures, and to allow me to endulge my interest in Europe and her peoples. As for me, I have many wonderful memories, and my now adult children, Larry and Erin, recall their trip fondly! Asking my son about eating at an Arab restaurant in Munich or nude sunbathers at les Saintes Maries, or my daughter about the Turkish toilet at the train station in Arles or pigeion feeding in St. Mark’s Square (Venice) will launch each into hilarious recountings of their experiences…and maybe even shed light on cultural differences.

    Well, best get on with my day!

    Hope you and J are able to work out your schedules to see one another! You make a good couple!

    I’m on Facebook if you venture there, you’ll be able to keep up with us!

  2. Dear Rachel

    Thank you so much for your generous comment. It is indeed a privilege to be able to travel and see all these different places and have all these good, funny, remarkable experiences. Thank you for sharing those with me on my blog. I just can’t help but think about culture and how things are different in different countries as in my program we have many other people from countries such as South Korea, China, Iran and India. I wish I could travel more to experience some of them for myself.

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