Next time you are outside Pause Look up, look down, look around What do you see? Smell? Feel? This is part of the practice of a dérive. Experience the world in a different way, spend some time doing so to become aware of this. When you engage in a dérive, you are engaging with the … More Let’s have a Captain Cook: slow down and look around
A beautiful poem (German and English) from a wonderful German woman. … More Poetic Tribute: 75 Years After WWII
Panic buying? Questioning why? Love German words? It’s Hamsterkauf time! … More Times of the Hamsterkauf
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
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
Culture shock? Acculturation? Integration? When does someone feel like they belong and that they’re home? … More Displacement, Disjuncture, Disjointed: Is this Home now?
Living within Canada for the majority of my life has desensitized me to the use of public transportation. I bought my first car at 21 years old and I was driving it until I left in March 2018 to move to Germany. Driving a car is conditioned to most of the middle-class (and upper-class) folks … More Transportation Networks: Moving Bodies through the City