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California Dreamin’ (Part One)

Whenever my blog turns quiet for a couple of weeks, it is usually a sign of me a) not being in the mood for writing (and busy doing other stuff) or b) enjoying a wonderful vacation somewhere outside of Chicago. In fact, hubby and I just recently returned from what I can declare one of our most ah-ma-zing trips ever (apart from our honeymoon). Everything was just perfect, and I believe one of the reasons why it turned out this way was the fact that we did not plan much ahead. 

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Summer in the City … Yeah!

After months and months of snow, rain, ice, wind and temperatures way below my usual comfort level, it was hard to imagine that a nicer season would eventually arrive to Chicago one day. It therefore came as a surprise, when in July (I know, it’s late) temperatures started to significantly climb and have been up ever since. Summer finally got here, and the sun became a valued companion in my daily undertakings.

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A few thoughts about the food

Every now and then I get questions from people living outside the US about the (quote) “rather questionable eating habits of the Americans”. These concerns are legitimate, as the US still carries an image of being a nation that is overweight and unhealthy (as we know other nations are picking up quickly and Germany is clearly one of them). When I lived in the US … Continue reading A few thoughts about the food

Happy birthday, America!

The US is a country of great national pride and no day can provide more evidence for that than the 4th of July. Patriotism is not something that comes natural to us Germans for the obvious reasons. However, witnessing how an entire country celebrates its existence and dream for its future, did leave me with a few goose bumps. 

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My first speech at Toastmasters

Do you enjoy watching Ted Talks? I am often amazed how natural it is for some people to step on stage and deliver speeches that capture everyone’s attention as well as leave their audience inspired and impressed. When I found myself stumbling across another one of those fascinating Ted Talks on Social Media a couple of months back, I peeked into the comment section out of curiosity for the subject.

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Home sweet Home

Long time no read, I know. This happens when life gets in the way. You plan a hundred times to do something, like posting a new update on your blog, but then you find yourself being caught up in a million other things as the weeks are passing by. As soon as a few people start reaching out to you to check if you are still alive, you suddenly realize how much time has gone by.

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10 signs that I am adjusting to the US lifestyle

Wow, it has already been over 4 months that I have now been calling Chicago my new home. I am not a stranger in the city anymore, feeling more and more comfortable in my new surroundings. Along with my acclimatization come a few things that may have seemed or felt odd a few months ago, but now slowly become second nature for me. Interestingly enough, this stuff happens automatically, if I like it or not. Here are 10 signs that tell me I am starting to adjust to the US lifestyle:

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My key take-aways from the 2019 National Achievers Congress

I took the opportunity today to experience some of America’s greatest speakers and thought leaders live on stage at the National Achievers Congress in Chicago’s United Center (home to both the Chicago Bulls – Basketball – and the Chicago Blackhawks – Hockey). Under the framework of what it takes to be successful in life, Kevin O’Leary, Dean Graziosi, Tony Robbins and a few others shared … Continue reading My key take-aways from the 2019 National Achievers Congress

Happy Easter!

I would like to wish you a very happy Easter, or just a nice weekend, in case Easter is not for you. Enjoy some great food, sunny weather, pleasant company of family and friends and maybe a little bit of time for just yourself. I will do the same … started today with some peppermint tea and warm apple tart at The Allies in Chicago … Continue reading Happy Easter!