So what’s been going on?

12 Nov

I’ve been neglecting the blog lately…not intentionally, mind you.  Just, somehow a week has passed and I realized I haven’t put anything down about what’s been going on.  Shame on me!  So, I think I’ll give a bullet points overview of what has been happening lately.  Here’s what we’ve been up to:

  • We had our cultural training-  We talked about the process of adjustment that is pretty much universal to all expatriates.  It was reassuring to see on paper that the phases we’re going through and feelings we have on any given day are pretty much normal.  We also talked about cultural differences between Germans and Americans particularly in the area of relationships, both work related and personal.  This was insightful.  We already were aware of the stereotype that Germans are more distant and hard to get to know.  But, it was interesting to see why and how they perceive becoming friends vs. how we see the process.   Overall what we learned was helpful and I think gave us good ideas about what to expect going forward as well.
  • More language lessons-  Ugh, German is so tough!  Our instructor is very friendly and comes to our house twice a week to teach us.  Poor fellow!  Hahaha.  Anyway, we are learning….slowly.  Here are a couple phrases that I think will be particularly helpful:

*Entschuldigung = excuse me

* Wie bitte= tell me again please, excuse me (not an exact translation but this is how it’s used)

  • We went to an international craft bazaar type thingy (exact name by the way)- This was on one of the bases about an hour or so away from us.  Someone that Joe works with invited us to go along with her family and we had a lot of fun.  There were vendors from all over Europe selling goods there ranging from antiques and other furniture to jewelry, food items, linens etc.
  • We actually got invited to a dinner party- Um, this was pretty exciting.  Someone that I met in the first couple weeks of being here invited us over along with two other couples.  The host and her husband are from South Africa and UK respectively (had been living in London) and are here for work.  The second couple was German and the third couple is from Mexico also here on an expatriate assignment.  It was quite an international night!  We had a lot of fun and it was so good to spend time with other people in our situation (with a bit more experience under their belts).  We got lots of good advice and were able to discuss things with people who understood first hand what we are going through.  Yay us!
  • In addition to all of this we’ve been managing, uh strike that…enjoying our little Quinn.  She is quite the little pistol these days.  She knows exactly what she wants pretty much at all times and really doesn’t settle for less.  Delightful.  All kidding aside, she really is delightful, but a handful nonetheless.  We enjoy her immensely but sometimes slip into bed the first chance we get after she goes to sleep…hence the neglected blog.

    Mom, you don't care if I pull everything out of here right? Right?? Right.

    Let's play a game. The rules are: I pull all of the shoes out of the closet and you put them all back. Sounds fun right?!

    Little slivers for eyes is how you know she's really having fun.

    Okay, Mom...I'm ready for more! What's next?

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