Blog entries by Cloudyskies

What Happened and Other Stuff
Frohe Weihnachten means Merry Christmas in German. My preoccupation with this newly learned holiday greeting squandered every potential...
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Everyone knows how unfortunate a visit to the DMV can be—whether it’s dealing with incompetent personnel, not having the proper paperwork...
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Back by popular demand (well, just Rufous, actually), my Germany stories … I’m the John Bosley in this story, the father figure to the girls. The...
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Sounds of a galloping horse? Nope. It’s a woman in heels, on a cobblestone street. That’s when the pressure builds—when paranoia sets in because...
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My experiences while living in Germany again, as an American. This time, a wedding… Considering the work that’s required to fulfill the many...
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The Question: While in the confines of a foreign country, what can one do to celebrate America’s Independence? The Answer: Commemorate in one’s...
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I arrived at Berlin’s Tegel airport at eleven in the morning on a Saturday. The American Tourist suitcase by my side, the previous year’s...
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It’s chocolate madness and the European Parliament’s favorite chair. From the beauteous Grand Palace—the imposing central square cluttered with...
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Seven dollars. It’s what I had in my wallet, which my son Thomas, 6, hurriedly snatched from my dresser drawer. “Papa, Papa, can I go get an ice...
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Germany is said to have hundreds of different kinds of cheese. It’s no surprise, then, that the country is the European leader—the Big Cheese—in...
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My least favorite friend, who once compared my illness with his inability to quit smoking, said to me via group text that “Stephen Hawking was...
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Unfurnished apartments in Germany come equipped with next to nothing. That means no closets, no kitchen sink, no cabinets, no oven, and no...
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Ever since Grandpa shoved that first glass of vino under my schnaz, and Grandma scratched together that first scrumptious batch of homemade...
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Publishers and media companies throughout the world came galloping into town on their respective horses to become players in the Frankfurt...
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Of all the great songs on my album of survival at those innumerable family sleepovers, there’s that especially creative yet shameful one that...
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In America, everyone carries his or her own personal water bottle or coffee around. You’ll see people with them on the streets, in cars, on public...
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I came across an ad on Facebook for a book about The Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island, USA, in 2003 that killed 100 people and injured many...
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Another travelogue … Impressive. Panache. Enchanting. Beau monde. Artistic. Paris is all of these things. Its attraction is undeniable. It had me...
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