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!

Blutenburg tower with "Expat Chatter" text

Latest In

Crazy cultural confrontations German culture

Are you sure that’s what that sign means?

A sign in a foreign country may look like a word you know. But looks....

More

Crazy cultural confrontations Uncategorized

The trillions of cicadas last seen by Thomas Jefferson

It’s been over 200 years since these two broods of cicadas hatched at the same....

More

German culture

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

One thing Germans hate is a dirty car. But there's no escaping the fine dust....

More

German culture German-American cultural divide Uncategorized

The strange cult status of white asparagus 

If you are in Munich and see people jostling for a spot in line at....

More

German culture German-American cultural divide Uncategorized

Cozy? Let’s sabotage that by opening a window

Once you're comfy and cozy, a German is bound to open the window to air....

More

Crazy cultural confrontations German culture German-American cultural divide

The Superbowl is super in Germany, too

Football may be America's favorite sport, but it's gaining ground fast in Germany, too. I....

More

Uncategorized German culture

Better than bread: The best excuse to fatten up

Germans are now confronting the fact that Christmas is over but winter is just getting....

More

Uncategorized Crazy cultural confrontations

Talk better—talk like a dog

We train dogs, but they have much to teach us. Babies are fluent in body....

More