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  • 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

  • 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?

  • Canada, oh Canada, what have you done?

    Canada, oh Canada, what have you done?

  • Get that rotten banana peel out of the plastic recycling

    Get that rotten banana peel out of the plastic recycling

  • AI is cutting edge but it still ain’t perfect

    AI is cutting edge but it still ain’t perfect

  • The queen turns out to be a football

    The queen turns out to be a football

  • 800 years of history found their way into my bike lock

    800 years of history found their way into my bike lock

  • The 10 kilometers that triggered Acute License Plate Trauma

    The 10 kilometers that triggered Acute License Plate Trauma

  • Can your dog help improve your listening skills? Yip!

    Can your dog help improve your listening skills? Yip!

  • How to beat the virus in 2022

    How to beat the virus in 2022

  • I tried to escape the Oktoberfest. I failed.

    I tried to escape the Oktoberfest. I failed.

  • The library, the monk and the sandals

    The library, the monk and the sandals

  • The 400-year-old Marketing Flop You’ve Never Heard Of

    The 400-year-old Marketing Flop You’ve Never Heard Of

  • Get those escargots out of my lawnmower

    Get those escargots out of my lawnmower

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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