Tag: expat life

Hammershøi Light

My touchstone for defining lack of sunshine was always the Pacific Northwest, but places like Portland and Seattle get more sun on average than Berlin. I know. The paintings of the Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi do a lovely job at capturing the winter light in…

Thanksgiving

We spent our Thanksgiving at a German friend’s house. It wasn’t intended to be “Thanksgiving dinner” (she’d extended the invitation without realizing the date) but that didn’t matter; it was just nice to have a meal with two wonderful people. She served creamy celeriac soup…

Euro 2012

We had high hopes for Thursday’s game against Italy, but it didn’t work out. Ah well. More important is the ritual of watching the football/soccer matches in Germany: outdoors with many strangers on summer nights when daylight stretches to 10pm. Beer gardens, restaurants, bars—even convenience…

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