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  • Think digital technology is a cure-all? Don’t bet your life on it

    Think digital technology is a cure-all? Don’t bet your life on it

  • What’s that schmuck doing in the jewelry store?

    What’s that schmuck doing in the jewelry store?

  • On a train to everywhere – Germany’s €9 ticket and its surprising consequences

    On a train to everywhere – Germany’s €9 ticket and its surprising consequences

  • Bombs away! The WWII gift that keeps on giving

    Bombs away! The WWII gift that keeps on giving

  • If this is punctuality, my watch is broken

    If this is punctuality, my watch is broken

  • Trainin’ the Ukrainians – Refugees in the classroom

    Trainin’ the Ukrainians – Refugees in the classroom

  • Emotional baggage: why I pack too much on trips home

    Emotional baggage: why I pack too much on trips home

  • The Great Resignation is leading to great consternation

    The Great Resignation is leading to great consternation

  • My cowboy boots didn’t fool the cowboy

    My cowboy boots didn’t fool the cowboy

  • In awe of Colorado’s awfully good athletes

    In awe of Colorado’s awfully good athletes

  • On The (Same) Road Again

    On The (Same) Road Again

  • The travails of travel, from Mozart to the moon

    The travails of travel, from Mozart to the moon

  • Follow the Narrow Brick Road – and hope for the best

    Follow the Narrow Brick Road – and hope for the best

  • Karl Marx’s penguin and Richard Wagner’s design for Madonna’s corset

    Karl Marx’s penguin and Richard Wagner’s design for Madonna’s corset

  • Ukraine on the train – from a military to a cultural conflict

    Ukraine on the train – from a military to a cultural conflict

  • Juggling work and family, German minister drops the ball

    Juggling work and family, German minister drops the ball

  • Bring out the Easter eggs – the kids are coming home

    Bring out the Easter eggs – the kids are coming home

  • The ladies, the rest home and the bombs

    The ladies, the rest home and the bombs

  • Aren’t you glad you got the orange car after all?

    Aren’t you glad you got the orange car after all?

  • That map might just quash your travel plans – so focus on fun instead

    That map might just quash your travel plans – so focus on fun instead

  • The distant agony of past wars is suddenly revived by the attack on Ukraine

    The distant agony of past wars is suddenly revived by the attack on Ukraine

  • The two dots that will make or break you

    The two dots that will make or break you

  • Think your vacation was spectacular? Don’t make me yawn

    Think your vacation was spectacular? Don’t make me yawn

Expat Life


About Me

Hi, I’m Brenda, founder of Expat CHatter

My visit to Bavaria has now stretched out for decades. But even though I’m well-integrated, I remain a visitor of sorts. I still swoon every time I drive through a small village with quaint houses, a market square and a stone church with an onion dome.

“What a cute little town!” I say, triggering dramatic eye-rolling from my teenage daughters. “Stop saying that,” they plead. “We’re from here!”

But since I’m not from here, I see things with different, foreign eyes. That’s what this blog is all about: seeing Bavaria through Midwestern American tinted glasses. It’s an adventure that never stops!

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