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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?

  • Give us our daily bread, but please let it be German

  • Vaccination Fascination

    Vaccination Fascination

  • The Prussian Rock Star in my Wardrobe

    The Prussian Rock Star in my Wardrobe

  • Grave Thoughts Indeed – Part 4 – The Oktoberfest

    Grave Thoughts Indeed – Part 4 – The Oktoberfest

  • Grave Thoughts Indeed – Part 3 – Royal rollicking and frolicking

    Grave Thoughts Indeed – Part 3 – Royal rollicking and frolicking

  • How war shaped the Alter Südfriedhof

    How war shaped the Alter Südfriedhof

  • Grave Thoughts Indeed

    Grave Thoughts Indeed

  • Stand down, parler, this word is too good to debauch

    Stand down, parler, this word is too good to debauch

  • From Munich to Philadelphia with love

    From Munich to Philadelphia with love

  • Italiano – no problemo for meo

    Italiano – no problemo for meo

  • Spectators turned spectacle

    Spectators turned spectacle

  • Mail-in ballots are sometimes the only way to vote

    Mail-in ballots are sometimes the only way to vote

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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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