What makes a person smile? Do they ever initiate a smile with a stranger? Seeing couples just after their nuptials makes me very happy. I feel the joy and love that they are emanating. … More Cultural Celebrations: What makes you smile
Learning a language has ups-and-downs, including humorous experiences with colloquialisms. … More Colloquial Mishaps in German
Swimming, boating, and eating. The essentials of visiting a beautiful, tropical island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. … More The Island Paradise of Madeira – Part I
The buds have been blossoming, the trees, becoming vibrant and vividly green, once again. The birds sing louder than what could be heard during the grey months of Winter in Germany. It’s been one year since moving to Germany from Canada. This is the second semester I have had the opportunity to teach at two … More The Five Senses: Reflections
Good golly! As you know, my kitchen feels like the size of a peanut shell. I love cooking and enjoying delicious foods and desserts with friends and family. In Canada, we’d have friends over all the time for brunch, dinner, BBQs, and it was great! Two good friends here in Germany are from Venezuela. They … More My Tiny Kitchen Part II: 2 Venezuelans + 2 Canadians
Culture shock? Acculturation? Integration? When does someone feel like they belong and that they’re home? … More Displacement, Disjuncture, Disjointed: Is this Home now?
Christmas traditions in Germany go way back, but the focus throughout December are the widely visited Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market). … More Decadent Weihnachtsmärkte: Exploring German Christmas Markets