Returning to sunshine and trust in intuition

Posting on consecutive days? That’s become rare on this blog by now. It’s been a while but I spontaneously decided to join Meg’s marvelous Monday parade again. Because while things overall are still not all sunshine and rainbows, there were many good ones in between. This is a very spontaneous post [meaning: hopeully not too many typos], written late at night after our guests had left. Trying to keep those memories afresh rather than letting the Sunday sadness – can any of you relate or is it just me? – sink in. Let’s get listing as our host herself would say. Here’s some of what I did/what happened in my life recently.our host

Week in review

Voted. Twice in five weeks because we’re fancy like that. Once – as mentioned here – for the Bundestag and yesterday, my county held elections for the so-called Landtag.
Baked the first batch of Christmas cookies of the season. Or, if you’re judging me for starting this early, autumn cookies. Because when is ever not a time for cookies?? I was even daring enough to try a new recipe and it got rave reviews by the family. And yes, I took pictures but knowing my laptop’s non-speed have yet to upload so will be sharing them soon. For now, a  lttle throwback to my Zimtsterne from the past year. Definitely on the baking list again.

vegane Zimtsterne - flourless vegan Christmas cookies

My favourite little munchkin [for those of you new here: my nephew P.], my sister and brother visited us for the weekend and we had a truly amazing time wth the golden October sun paid us a much welcome visit. Living further away, my brother doesn’t get to stay around frequently and seeing my sister and P. obviously is wonderful time and time again, too.

As I’ve mentioned, I haven’t been feeling too cheerful lately and seeing them warmed my heart, really filling those happiness batteries. Remember the surplus of happiness-inducing moments in yesterday’s post?  The whole weekend – minus a few blurbs – was just that.

Made an effort to eat intuitively this weekend. Now some of you might be surprised, wondering if I wasn’t already doing that all the time. The sad answer is: no and I had  yet to truly get back to it even before this. With the decrease in self-confidence mentioned recently, I fell back into old unhealthy eating patterns. If you have or are struggling with an ED, you’ll know how hard they are to escape from. How easily they can lure you back in when life gets unstable and scary. I’m not proud to write this but have started taking steps to get better. Trusting my intuition was uncomfortable but worth it for more enjoyable meal and family times. Saturday was easier than Sunday when – clearly showing me its appreciation for tuning into my intuition [as if] – my stomach had me wake up insanely ravenous. Feeding that metabolism, feeding it. I’m somebody who likes plans and having things under control but that’s no way to eat live.

It’s an example used time and time again but true: P. modeled intuitive eating to a T again this weekend. In between cake after breakfast, cookies, cheese, buttered bread and a surprisingly huge amount of gnocchi at dinner, it was amazing to see him eat. Yet while us adults were surprised by how much he packed away, we also didn’t question any of his choices [why would we?]. It was obvious he knew what he needed. No outside reassurance needed, no comparison, no questions asked. Toddlers truly have a beautiful confidence of their intuition that many of us have sadly lost.

Treated myself to some Crazy Rumors lip balms, the Parlor Collection if you were curious. These had been on my radar for years upon years but I’d never been able to convince myself to make that purchase. The old saying should really be ‘lip balms are a girl’s best friend’ because I’d rather take those – and have a decent collection – than sparkly nothingness.

Rushing to finish this post because, oh hey, Monday and as such work is coming closer. The above is by no means a full recap of the past week, much less life lately in its whole but it’s a little glimpse into the important or happier parts. Because those are what we should focus on when the going gets tough.

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today: Family time. A lame one, I know, but simply the truth.

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What was something you treated yourself to recently? Any other chapstick fans out there?

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Good good links #196

Remember how I talked about having a surplus of posts at that leaving some for this week’s round-up? I’d have better knocked on wood back then because it all came back to me this week when I found myself with way too few links ready to share on Friday night. Somehow – late night reading, ahem … – I still managed to come up with a sufficient number of posts and I even have yet to catch up on all my regulars [sorry for the lack of commenting]. Before I send you off to follow whichever links catch your eye, thank you again to everybody who commented on my previous post. While I didn’t post in between then and now, I really appreciated the encouragement and will be back [soon].

Happy Sunday and don’t forget to let me know any good reads you think I shouldn’t miss in the comments!

 

Good good [food for thought]

You might be the only one via Alexandra Franzen

What might be a small thing to do for ourselves could make somebody else’s day or even save lives.

 

Good good [advice, inspiration and other worthwhile reads]

When “thoughts and prayers” just aren’t enough via Thirteen Thoughts

This might seem two weeks late but it’s actually timely any day these days.

What’s Wrong With the Way Wellness Influencers Are Eating on Instagram  via Greatist

Extremes are never a good idea and this trend is definitely just shifting fears from one thing to another. A breeding ground for eating disorders …

Psychologists Explain The Benefits Of Baking For Other People via Huffington Post

Not like you needed another excuse to get your hands covered in flour but here’s one nobody can argue with.

The One Word That Can Instantly Change Your Mood via Greatist

Truth be told, I’m usually skeptical about these kind of posts but the suggestion here actually sounds great.

5 Ways to Sandwich Your Anger via Positive Prescription

A little venting every now and then is perfectly understandable but you [or somebody around you] constantly need to, these might be helpful.

How to Know You’re Succeeding at Intuitive Eating via Zen & Spice

Some spot-on question to help you determine the points you still need to work on but also remind you of how far you’ve already come [necessary to keep in mind].

The Most Simple Self Care Practice We All Need More Of via Lauren Kate

Something that should be obvious but has become tremendously hard for so many people.

 

How to Shop Clean(er) at Target via A Beautiful Mess

Because cleaning ourselves and our homes shouldn’t come at the cost of environmental damage.

 

Blogging

Handling Offensive Comments + Conversation via DesignSponge

Standing up against discrimination, racism or elsewise offensive people takes guts – and the skills to react in a calm yet effective manner. The comment section is worth reading, too.

How To Create Sponsored Posts Readers Love via Coffee with Summer

Because readers notice inauthenticity and in the end, promoting a product/brand you don’t actually stand behind feels fake on the blogger’s side, too.

 

Good good [posts to make you smile]

This Hilarious Instagrammer Proves Just How Ridiculous Wellness Bloggers Can Be via Greatist

One definite Instagram account recommendation. I mean: look at those sexy abs, ladies ;)!?

 

Good good [food]

Homemade English Muffins  via Living vegan

Perfectly fluffy little buns that look like store-bought ones and are ready to slather with whichever toppings you like.

Chickpea Spinach Pie with Berbere via Vegan Richa

Spiced chickpeas and spinach wrapped in flaky pastry – true soul food for those colder days to come.

14 Buddha Bowl Recipes That Will Satisfy Every Craving via Buzz Latest News

What did we do before somebody invented the concept of Buddha bowls? I want all of the [vegan] ones in this article.

12 “Cheesy” Vegan Mac Recipes You’ll Fall in Love With via Brit + Co

Truth: I actually like vegan varieties more than the ‘real’ thing and looking at these, I bet you’ll feel similarly.

Vegan Coconut Bacon Stretchy Melty Grilled Cheese (GF) via Rhian’s Recipes

Super intriguing mix of ingredients you probably haven’t seen in vegan cheese recipes before and the result obviously looks amazing, too.

Vegan Lasagna Recipe For The Holidays via Sunny Side Hanne

With all its layers, this dish is definitely made to impress guests at any gathering you’re hosting – oh, and it sounds really delicious at that.

 

Happiness-inducing today: So so many things that it’s impossble to pick just one.

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Self-doubt, serving sizes and Snickers

With Tuesday being a national holiday – German Unity Day if you’re curious – and my whole office given a bridge day on Monday, I’ve been entirely confused about what day it is this whole week so far.  Tuesday was my Sunday and today feels like Tuesday when – hooray! – it’s Thursday already. Weekend, I can smell you already.

Some thoughts I’ve been having lately that didn’t seem to legitimate their own blog posts for today’s Thinking out loud. I had no plans on posting today but then dared to let my thoughts run free so this is indeed very random. Might also be because I’m running on too little sleep …

Serving sizes. Just a little reminder that they’re not to be taken as set rules. So many people seem to feel bad for eating more than the recommended serving size of certain foods [and; judging from Instagram posts; try to play it cool by stressing how they ate more than the serving size because #badass – well, no, just a normal human being following his intuition]. Truth is, neither food companies nor bloggers, cookbook authors or restaurants know what a serving looks like for you. Case in point: the cooking date turned four-hour chat/cook/eat session I had at a friend’s house on Monday. We tried this recipe for Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls because said friend had never tried burrito bowls and the dish sounded intriguing. But: serving four people? Or: four people with our – if you’re asking me pretty normal – appetites? Definitely not and we already used more ‘rice’ and guacamole as well as yoghurt on the side. Between the two of us and my friend’s husband having a small bowl, there was barely anything left [and only because I wanted to be polite leaving her some leftovers plus my stomach signaling no]. Post-lunch snacking needed to happen after I returned home. It was really delicious either way, though my stomach really really hated me for both the bell peppers and the onions in the dish. Major ouch.

Cha cha Hamburg fried noodles

Maybe it’s just my subjective impression or are once popular blogs disappearing/slowly dying by the dozen these days? Browsing some German blogs I used to visit more frequently just a couple of years ago, I found a lot of these bloggers no longer being active and some of the blogs even deleted. The same seems to be true for some formerly very popular international bloggers. Seeing the posts of people who used to receive dozens of comments per post now get a mere handful makes me sad. Genuinely sad. Sad because theirs are/were among the blogs I’ve been following for the longest time. Sad because they deserve more readers valuing their posts. The quality of their content, creativity of their recipes hasn’t decreased so: what is it? Where have the readers gone? I’m figuring Instagram plays a role in people gravitating more to it but … to this extent? really? If you are any wiser than me here, share your thoughts. And while we’re on the topic …

Over the past few months, I know it must have looked like my blog was dying or I intentioa. Posts became more and more rare, infrequent and the whole blog less personal. To say this saddened me a little would be an understatement. It wasn’t intentional, either.  If you’ve been reading for a while, you might know I’ve been working in a field different from my originally chosen one and looking for one in the latter. For a long-ish time now. Anybody who has been in this situation before will know how hard and disappointing the searching game can be. It definitely is for me. What else it brought, though, and increasingly so, has been doubt. Doubt in my abilities as writer. Doubt if I’ll ever find a fulfilling job again. This eventually lead to me doubting my blogging skills, too. If you saw my drafts folder, you’d shake your head at the amount of posts lined up yet not making it to the blog. I’m writing these lines late on Wednesday night. and hope I won’t regret pouring my heart out here tomorrow. And I’m not looking for sympathies. Just trying to explain and at that maybe even understand myself a little more. Sometimes it takes writing things out to truly figure out your life.

Admitting to a problem is said to be the first step to overcoming it. So this is my first step. While I don’t have another post lined up for this week – even the one you’re reading is a very spontaneous one – I’ll make a bigger effort to get back into the game.

Ending this post on a happier note because amongst all the self-doubt in my head, a colleague’s request brightened my day a little. She’s getting married and asked me to make a few batches of my healthy Snickers Truffles to serve after the ceremony in the registry office [the actual marriage isn’t until next year]. The fact alone she still remembered these – it’s been quite a while and she was on maternity leave for a year, only returning in September – made me smile and I’m feeling honoured to contribute to her wedding in even such a small way.  Okay, that feels too much like self-promotion so over to you:

Tell me what’s been on your mind lately – the good, the bad, the in-between!

Happiness-inducing today: The somewhat odd remark/compliment (?) an older client gave me upon leaving the office. It’s those little things …

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No questions today but just any thoughts you have on the topics above.

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Good good links #195

For the first time in a long while, I actually found myself with too many links to share – by Friday night already! Usually, I take the weekend to browse a little more to fill those empty spots but today, I am in fact holding a good number back for the next link lovin’ post.What this also means, though, is that I didn’t spend much time scouring blogs this week so if you happened upon any posts I should absolutely read: let me know in the comments!

Happy Sunday!

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

The Privilege of Wellness via Rachael Hartley Nutrition

This one really matters in a world where magazines, websites and influencers give certain foods a bad rep [think: Food Babe], praise all kinds of expensive products, treatments and wellness get-aways. It’s important to remember that having both the time and financial means to invest in our health and well-being is indeed a privilege.

Acceptance Does Not Mean Giving Up via Delish Knowledge

A great reminder that hating [parts of] ourselves doesn’t change a thing for the better – just like acceptance won’t for the worse.

Eating When You’re Not Hungry is Okay…and Healthy.  Via The Real Life RD

A-men! The whole misconception that being hungry is the only “legitimate” reason to eat has to stop.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

The phrase, “you have self control / discipline / willpower around food.” via Yeah … Imma Eat That

Kylie nailed it once again. Not like you needed any more convincing to read this but this!!!: “having self control around food means you are micromanaging an instinct that isn’t meant to be micromanaged. ”

3 Ways We Tell Our Toddlers That Men Are More Important via Sarah Rooftops

While no, I’m not a parent, I still found this thought-provoking and think it’s not just for mums and dads but anybody in any way involved in a child’s life [i.e. aunts, babysitters, grandparents …].

10 Inspiring Illustrated Quotes for the Weekend via Design Sponge

For those moments/times when life feels hard/you feel stuck/things suck in whichever way.

Ladies, enjoy your Sexy Self. Just stop Calling it Yoga. via Elephant Journal

Granted, I’m not a yogi myself but still know a bit about its background and resonate with her words on the ever-popular Instagram pictures.

 

Miscellaneous

Doable Ways to Use Less Water via The Kitchn

If you can’t be bothered to do it for the environment – seriously?! – then how about your bills ;)?

 

Blogging

What I Wish Everyone Knew About Sponsored Posts via The Healthy Maven

Whether you’re a blogger, reader or brand employee: This post is a must-read for a behind the scenes look at how cooperations work. Yes, this is a drill ;). 

I Befriended My Troll via Kath Eats

Such a great post/wonderful news in a world where unwarranted hatred towards strangers has become the [sad] norm.

5 Ways to Find Guest Blogging Opportunities via Bloguettes

Posting on another blog or bigger website can be a great stepping stone in growing your audience. These are some solid tips on how to figure out whom to approach.

Are Your Images Legal? via Jade and Oak

Such a huge and hugely important issue yet one a lot of people let slip [and I totally used to be guilty of it during my first years of blogging, too].

Why I Didn’t Comment on Your Blog Post via Forever Amber

All. of. These. Are true for me, too, so I’m glad Amber found the right words to sum all the reasons up in one post [that I should probably refer to in the future …]

 

Good good [post to make you smile]

My Shameful Blogging Confessions via Forever Amber

Even if mine/yours aren’t the exact same ones, it feels good to know we’re not alone in having some of these ourselves, right?!

 

Good good [food]

13 Drool-Worthy Macaron Recipes via Oh My Veggies

As if macarons didn’t look enticing enough already, flavours like Blueberry Lemon, Chocolate and Salted Caramel or Strawberry Lemonade just increase the wow factor.

Vegan Coconut Polenta with Harissa Mushroom Bolognese via Feed Me Phoebe

Polenta deserves some more appreciation! This dish hightlights it among an equally as tasty sounding veg bolognese.

Crusty Pumpkin and Kale Pasta Bake via The Glowing Fridge

Cheesy pumpkin sauces are a major favourite of mine and this recipe – from the sauce to the vegetables and cashew crumb topping – has my stomach grumbling.

Pizza beans via Smitten Kitchen

What’s not to like about stick-to-your ribs beans and vegetables in tomato sauce, covered in lots of melty cheese? Gee, that gets me hungry just thinking about it.

Caramelized Endives with Creamy Pumpkin Pasta via Full of Plants

This looks like something you’d be served at a fancy restaurant and sounds so very delicious.

Veggie-Loaded Vegan Shakshuka via Happy Skin Kitchen

This vegan version of the classic doesn’t have to hide. It sounds amazing in its own right.

Gruyère Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls via Food Meanderings

Quite the advanced recipe and unique flavor combination, this one’s for my bread and cheese-lovin’ friends out there.

Chocolate Cinnamon Walnut Chili via Nutrition Stripped

A hearty meatless chili that speaks to me through the inclusion of plenty o’ beans and warming spices.

 

Happiness-inducing today: Getting to help a slightly stressed dad of a toddler carry some groceries to his car since he’d forgotten to bring a bag. He seemed a little perplexed to be offered help – definitely some selfishness on my part ;).

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Good good links #194

Oh hello there, it’s me again. My posting schedule has been a little erratic lately – some weeks going by, then two in one again. The previous post’s title might have scared some of you away. Politics, eh? But in a funny way, promise – it’s all about the differences between Germany and the US. As in: did you know we actually have a president, too, but you wouldn’t really be aware of it in everyday life? Well, what I also have are many great posts from all around the web for your Sunday reading pleasure. Let me know any thought-provoking or elsewise insightful you’ve stumbled upon in the comments, too.

Happy Sunday!

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

I’m tired of apologising for my (non-controversial) opinions via Forever Amber

The blog world should be a place to openly share whichever opinions we have and – as readers – keep an open mind towards others’.

On Growing Up In Front Of The TFD Comments Section via The Financial Diet

Not just an individual case but something that’s happening all around the internet and has to change.

You Can Have Hard Days via The Lean Green Bean

A must-read because we all have those days [occasionally stretching over longer periods, too]. Also this: “Me struggling with stuff in my life does not trivialize what is going on in the lives of others.”

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Why You Crave Carbohydrates via Bucket List Tummy

A scientific [but still easily understandable] explanation for our cravings and why we should stop working against them.

Learning Your Body With Fertility Awareness Methods via The Real Life RD

While probably not the topic you’d bring up over dinner with friends, Robyn is right in knowledge about it being empowering for us women in being the experts of our own health. Even if you don’t decide to use it as a contraception method.

 

How to Be a Better Listener To Your Friends via The Everygirl

Having that one friend who you know will listen to you with actual interest and empathy is so very important – just as much as being that one to others.

Why “Eat Only When You’re Hungry” Is Terrible Diet Advice via Summer Tomato

So much yes to this! Eating isn’t just a biological response but so much more and even if not all of these are ‘brilliant’ reasons for eating, they are –okay- .

Do Calories Actually Matter? If So, For What? via Mind Body Green

Yes, I know, I know, the terrible ‘c’ word. But this article was surprisingly differentiated in showing a variety of opinions and coming to an overall – in my mind – good conclusion.

What You Need To Know About Food Sensitivity Tests via Hungry Hobby

With many different kinds out there, this is a handy guide to understand the limitations of each test method and determine the one that will give you the best results [should you ever need to get tested, that is].

 

Food

Is Sugar Vegan? via Fitsugar

While old news – hello, oxymoron 😉 – to me [plus, all German sugar is vegan in anyway], I thought this might be an good heads-up if you hadn’t heard about it.

Is Diet Ice Cream Bad For You? via Fitsugar

Want to know how good your Halo Top, Artic Zero and the likes are? Read on [or go with ignorance is bliss; no judgement].

We Asked Health Experts to Share the Worst Nutrition Advice They’ve Ever Heard via Greatist

Now the question is: To laugh about these or to be shocked by the BS some people recommend?

 

Good good [food]

Healthy Vegan Cookie Dough – 3 Ways via Veggiekins

Because let’s face it: cookie dough > baked cookies. And cookie dough so nutritious even mom would approve of you eating it for breakfast? Sign me up.

19 Dairy-Free Ice Creams You Don’t Have to Churn via Greatist

Ice cream season is over? Well, I’m afraid I don’t care because I – and I bet you, too – still want a scoop each of these.

Black Lentil Enchiladas with Zucchini via Naturally Ella

If you asked me what drew me in here: where to start? Lentils, flavourful sauce, cheese – what’s not to like?!

Vegan Pizza Burgers with Mozzarella Cheese Sauce via Catching Seeds

Just reading the ingredient list, I can imagine how good these are. Plus how could they not be with a description ala “like a pepperoni cheese pizza in burger form”?!

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: My morning walk and trying a new recipe for lunch.

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Talking politics and why that involves traffic lights

Don’t click away again! Yes, I’ll talk politics for a bit but I will not even once use the name of a certain person currently gving many of you in the US headaches and causing outsbursts of frustration. Instead, I’m back with another episode of my little series hightlighting differences between Germany and the US. Given we’re about to elect a new Bundestag [the political institution deciding pretty much everything in our country], I thought it’d be interesting to give you a little glimpse into how we do things over here. Plus a few more fun little bits and bobs.

Thinking out loud again here.

Thinking-Out-Loud

President who?

Unlike in the US, the president is barely present in most Germans minds on a daily basis. Actually, I’m tempted to guess the majority of us wouldn’t be able to tell you the current president’s name – Frank-Walter Steinmeier if you’re curious and no, I didn’t have to look that up; proud moment? 😉 – or his functions. Yet ask for the cancellor’s name and hey, sure thing, Merkel! Angela Merkel has been the German chancellor for what feels like forever now and is very likely to be re-elected once again on September 24th (our “Bundestagswahl”/ elections for the German Bundestag that take place once every four years). Elections themselves – there are multiple; this ‘big’ one for the Bundestag all Germans vote for on the same day and individual ones for each Bundesland [federal state] – are a huge topic in themselves. For now, I’ll just list a few interesting facts and won’t go into the details about the actual voting system – think Überhangmandate (“overhang mandates”), the “five per cent hurdle” etc. – since not even all Germans understand it. It’d take some more time to explain but let me know if you’re interested.

Stay however long you please! 

The above is true for the Chancellor. As I said, Angela Merkel has been ours for a long time – twelve years or three voting periods – and is very likely to win again in this election. Rumor has it she won’t candidate again yet if she wanted would be free to do so.

Reichstag Berlin at night

The ‘Kuppel’ of the German Reichstag, meeting place of the Bundestag. // Source

Small but mighty

While in the US, either Democrats or Conservatives end up winning elections and as such filling the seats in parliament, Germany is more divided. Yes, here, too, the ‘main’ players are two big parties – the SPD (Social Democratic Party) and CDU (Christian Democratic Union) – but them aside, the field is much more varied. Among the very small ones on the sidelines are – to name just a few – Die Piratenpartei (Pirate’s Party; no joke!), Die Violetten (The Violets), the Feminist Party and even a vegetarian party.  Why these small ones are still important? Because they create a larger spectrum of opinions presented in the Bundestag. Plus, the more established ones who get a certain amount of votes force the big ones into coalitions.

What Jamaica and traffic lights have in common

Answer: They’re names of German coalition types. Because multiple small parties get a right to seats in the Bundestag, too, the ‘big’ parties can’t play the policits game alone (no majority of votes). The coalition names stem from the colours associated with the various parties (i.e. green for Die Grünen, the environmental-focused party, red for the SPD, black for the CDU, …). Meaning that the Ampel-Koalition (traffic light coalition) would be the SPD (red), FDP (yellow) and Die Grünen (green) forming the government.

So once the election is over, the big party who won the majority of votes – sssh: this is going to be the CDU once again this time around – gets together with the smaller parties who managed the five percent hurdle. Eventually, those long discussions result in who gets which ministry and the new government is complete. As I’m sure you’re fed up with talking about politics now so let’s move on to a different topic.

 

Bring back, bring back oh bring back my baby cart to me, to me

Disregard the unfortunate rhyming above. The hidden statement here: German groceries want you to bring your shopping carts back. Orderly. That’s right: no just randomly leaving yours somewhere in the parking lot or around the store. Their tactic? Money. Want a cart? Bring a coin. Outside stores, carts are strung together and you can fetch one by inserting a coin – usually 1 € – into a slot on the car, by this untying it. No worries: if you’re a good customer 😉 and bring your cart back to where you got it, you’ll get your money back. No losses for the store = no losses for you. We’re fair players here. And because we want our every penny back we also …

Return bottles to the store

Yes, that’s right. Stores don’t stop at the carts there. Thirsty? Grab a bottle of your favourite beverage from the shelves but be aware that the price noted there isn’t what you’ll actually have to pay. At the check-out, the store system automatically adds a so-called ‘Pfand’ – typically 0.15-0,25 € per bottle depending on its size – to the price stated on the shelf. Don’t worry, though: you get your Pfand back when you return your empty bottles to the store. And if you’re anything like me you feel just that little bit feisty in getting a – actually only mental – discount on your next purchase that way. Imagined benefits are still benefits, right ;)?

… and that’s it for another post on those small but significant differences in everyday life in Germany vs. the US.

Happy Thursday!

Happiness-inducing today: Many little things from the past few days like a conversation with one of my colleagues, another long-ish one with a – rare exception here! – friendly cashier and sunshine amidst a stormy and rain-heavy day.

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Share your random thoughts with me!

What’s are some differences you’ve noticed between your homecountry and other ones you’ve visitied in the past?

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