Thoughts on the occasion of leaving New York City (and America in general) for life in Europe (and Cologne in particular).
posted by Berlinbound at 7:54 AM
so where is your new blog? maybe my head cold is effecting my reading but I can't find the link.. maybe you want to keep it secret .. who knows:-)
I found it! Klick on 'see my complete profile' (Richard's, not mine) and you'll see it there.
Welcome to Cologne!Even though I don't actually live there at the moment, I was born and raised in Cologne - and having spent a bit of my work life in NYC, I have an idea of what you and your family might be going through right now.I'm not going to rave on how wonderful Cologne really is - I know I'm biased. Suffice it to say my American wife admits to Cologne being the nicest city in the country, as people tend to be more open, friendly and tolerant than in most other parts of the country.Anyhow... what you might be missing most is a bunch of American food (at least my wife did). Even though our stuff is similar, it's just not the same. E.g., it's hard to find Hellmann's mayonnaise or Oreo cookies or Bisquik. So I thought I should let you know that there's a British/American shop on "An St. Agatha" road, right next to Kaufhof on Schildergasse. They're not exactly inexpensive, but they carry a large selection. For what it's worth.So again - welcome! Please feel free to email if you have any questions.Best,G.
Guess it's difficult to email me without an email address... so I shoulda added "guntramochsatgmx.net", I guess. :-)
Thanks G ... I'll check it out!
Thanks for visiting my blog, Richard. And no, my kids real names aren't Bump and Crash. ;-)
Welcome to Cologne! :-)
Hiya,Thanks for commenting on my blog. It's cool to have new blog guests! So, are you updating both blogs now?missy
Thanks for visiting my space and I am interested to read about your experiences in Cologne. It takes a great deal of flexibility to adapt to a new environment. I lived in the Netherlands once for several months and have only good things to say about the Dutch. I've linked you and will check back form time to time.
Did I just notice that this post is two years old? Head in clouds again..this poet.
Hi I've been living about 15 years. Ain't it great? My German wife is an insurance broker exec and said the entire board of directors of a major int'l insurer died in the WTC on 9/11. My German-American son said in his Gymnasium English lesson on 9/11 that he was of a mind Dubbya did it. She told him that's a Verläumdung (like eh, defamation of character) but in my opinion Dubbya ain't got no good character so I couldn't sleep that night and went online and watched, until about 2 AM, "Who Killed John O'Neil." Great video about all the conspiracies. As you watched that horrible inward crumbling, did you think maybe, isn't that all just too clean? I mean, if you had to demolish them, for some terrible reason (like major cracks reported in some conspiracy theories by an Asian architect), did that not look like a controlled demolition? Anyway, I wish you luck in Köln. Maybe we can drink a beer some time. Did you know Kölsch is the only language you can drink?? All the best. You can find me at deinlehrer dot com online, send me an email. Cheerios! - Bob
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