First female president?

Participating in the NaBloPoMo I knew this day was coming: Election Day in the USA. My blog is not political and on my list of planned blogposts for the month I had written down a different topic for today. But now this day is here and it is 3.15 pm PST. The first results from the East coast are expected soon. People share on facebook that they have voted and post pictures with their "I voted" sticker....more

7 things I loathe about my life in the US

After my post about the things I love about my life here, the opposite blogpost is now in order.You can't get a decent "Brötchen". Not even in a German bakery. No one here seems to have a clue how to bake a tasty "Schrippe", "Rundstück", "Wecke"....more

New Year, New You

Ok, so I know we are almost 2 weeks into 2015 (ummm, how did that happen?!) but being a new year means new goals, new resolutions and the like. Did you manage to make any resolutions? I made the usual, get organised, get into shape as well as a few work and study related goals. So, I thought it would be fun to highlight some amazing products available from the good ol' U S of A for putting your best foot forward in 2015. ...more

Exploring the Hampton Pirate Festival

I'm not a very adventurous girl and it's safe to say I don't go out of my way to hang out with a particularly adventurous crowd. Nope, it's safe and sedate all the way for me. The very opposite of what a swash buckling, grog swilling, plank walking pirate would do! So with the hopes of catching some of their infectious enthusiasm, I headed to Hampton, Virginia to participate in the annual Blackbeard Festival and become a pirate for the day....more

My First Visit to New York wasn't what I expected.

This was my first visit to New York and I went expecting to love it.  Although I hail from a tiny Scottish island, I am a city girl at heart.  I've lived in London, Edinburgh and Amsterdam and loved them all.  I had great expectations from the big apple.  So, it's hard for me to admit this.... I didn't love it.  Sorry.  It just didn't do it for me.  Sorry.  I've thought a lot about why New York and me didn't hit it off and I came to a couple of conclusions. ...more

My Big Fat American Vacation, or, I still love Americans even though they can't use cutlery!

This trip took me from New York City down the entire east coast of the U.S .  Taking the overnight sleeper Amtrak train from New York to Savannah in Georgia and then driving on to Naples in the southern tip of Florida.  Many miles were covered, and of course much food was consumed....more

Parenting across cultures

This post is prompted by Tamara from Tamara Like Camera Blog. She wanted to know if there are any differences between being  a mom in Croatia vs being one in USA. I will attempt to satisfy her curiosity in this post. When Tamara asked me if there are any differences between two countries, my first thought was not really. Then I started thinking about it, which is always a dangerous thing. At first glance, I'd like to stay by my initial reply and say not really. After all, being a mom is just that: being a mom....more

5 Things I love about 4th of July

 With the 4th at the end of this week, I thought I'd draft my personal top 5 favorites about the ol'red, white & blue celebration. Shall we? 1. I'm going to get right to specifics here and say freedom. While I do feel there are many freedoms still needing some follow through, this country is a great, great land. I'm thankful, proud, and happy to represent this land. ...more

Relocating: Things I will definitely NOT miss about Germany

Howdy and happy Friday!  The weekend is finally here. Oh and if you guys don't know what to do: come on over and help me getting this house in order, so I won't have to be ashamed tomorrow while showing the people who want to move in around! The Realtor called in sick, so I will have to do it.... Ugh. ...more
Grapefruitprincess slsandlin I totally understand its a special place!  I had a hand held basket ...more

"Brrrr....... It's cold..... !"

Last night, Baby Girl and I slept like logs. All I remember is tucking ourselves into bed and snoring away to glory. We finally got a good night's sleep after a very long time. On a normal winter night, we don't have the heater on full blast. Thanks to the ooh-so-warm blankets which keep us cozy and warm....more