Home in the US

Okay, I’ve been wanting to post this for months…MONTHS!  I guess it just goes to show that back in the US, the speed of life functions at an exponential pace.  I’m back to work; Russ has returned to his York office; the dogs are in their original home; and life goes on.  Is it strange that I feel that our lives in Germany are still continuing in some sort of alternate dimension?  Maybe.

We are sincerely enjoying the following things about having returned home:

1. Getting to visit with some particularly entertaining members of the family who we missed dearly.

Our nephew

Pizza Making Lessons

2. Spending quality time with the happiest dogs in the world.

Major and Maggie

3. Searching after (and finding) some of the best and worst German restaurants in the surrounding areas. (Post to come!)


There are a lot of good things about being here.  Lots.  But, just for the fun of it.  Here are our top 6 annoyances of being back in the States:

1. Politics.  ‘Nuff said.

2. Bad drivers.  Passing on double yellows, running lights, tailgating.  Take us back to the Autobahn, please!

3. Work.  (Okay, I like my job and all, but seriously, who wouldn’t rather just plan trips to countries on weekdays and then go there on weekends??)  Plus, I’m pretty sure I forgot how much work it takes to maintain a house, take care of two animals and a husband, and go to a job of my own.  I’m adapting.

4. Things people wear….to weddings, to restaurants, to the grocery store.  Wow, have we looked at ourselves in the mirror lately?? Admittedly, I’ve been guilty of this in the past, and I find myself creeping back to the old days. Sweatpants are just so comfortable.

5. German speakers, where are you?  We are desperate to hold onto our grasp of the German language, but every day it seems to be slipping a little more.  It’s rare to find a person in the US who is bilingual at all, let alone in German.  What’s with that??

6. It’s amazing to think of all the places we’ve been, but sometimes it’s equally as depressing to say “Oh, remember where we were last September/October/Thanksgiving?”  (aka, we’re not there anymore!!!)  Here’s a recap of last year’s fall months.  Take your guesses!

I’ll give you some hints. 🙂

What do you think?

Can you guess?

One of my absolute favorites.

We'll save the easiest for last. 🙂

Post your best guesses. 🙂  We’ll be around, definitely not as frequently but hopefully more frequently than we were around in the last couple months.  Be easy on us, adjusting takes some time.   Oh, and if anyone hears about a miracle job where we’d get to travel around the world and blog for money, let me know.  I think I just might know two tramps who’d be up for the gig.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rick Kerschner on November 13, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Hi Lauren and Russ,
    We also experienced a similar culture shock when returning from Germany in 1977. We were homesick for Mandel for quite a while. We especially missed getting good German food (jagerschnittzel mit pommefrittes und salade) at a local gasthaus for a decent price. And a nice bottle of Kabinett trocken white wine (dry, not sweet). That is still hard to find in the US for any price.

    We also noted how poorly American’s dress compared to Europeans and German folk in particular and that Europe was 2-3 years ahead in fashion as after a few years we would began to see fashions in the US that had been in style in Germany when we were there.

    Sorry we did not get to visit. We might be heading to Vienna in September for a conference if my paper is accepted.

    My guesses at your cities are Koln, Barcelona, perhaps Prague? (we have never been there) and of course Paris.

    Look foread to seeing you some time in the States.

    Rick and Sally


  2. 1)Prague 2)Greece somewhere? 3)Italy? Positano? 4)Paris


  3. Posted by Will on December 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Russ and Lauren,

    I really am glad that you guys are back in the US. Skype is OK but in person is so much better. Looking for German speakers? I know of two but you have to open the door. Enough said.

    Dad W


  4. Posted by Joe LaBarca on December 11, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Very nice blog entry – Bravo!! And welcome home!

    Three of the four cities are easy, especially since we were with you for two of them. It’s the third that I’m having trouble with but am guessing Prague.

    Dad L


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