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Spontaneity and other Car-ful Reasons

Posted: Friday, September 22nd, 2006 @ 3:09 pm in Car-less, Expat | 2 Comments »

[from Admin: this post by PJ was originally submitted as a comment to Judy’s post “We used to own a car (or two)”. I thought it deserved to be a post in its own right.] A car is a great thing to have. It is not, however, a great thing to need, whether or not […]

We used to own a car (or two)

Posted: Thursday, September 21st, 2006 @ 2:05 pm in Car-less, Expat | 2 Comments »

Michael and I lived most of our lives in Silicon Valley, California, where living without a car is unthinkable. The bus network was not useful for getting to work, shopping, social engagements. The train ran on one line between San Fransico and San Jose at irregular intervals and, of course, you needed a car to […]

What’s Different?

Posted: Saturday, August 19th, 2006 @ 7:46 pm in Expat | 2 Comments »

My friend Thomas brings up a very good point in his comment to the previous entry, Friends and Acquaintances. He suggests that the reason I’m happier here in Germany than I was in America is not just that Germans are different from Americans. He suggests that I made changes in my own life when I […]

Friends and Acquaintances

Posted: Tuesday, July 4th, 2006 @ 3:21 pm in Expat | 2 Comments »

Friendship means something here in Germany. Friends are people you’ve spent a lot of time with, shared private thoughts with, people you can trust to be there when you need a listening ear, and who look forward to seeing you. Everyone else is an acquaintance. It’s not an insult here to call someone an acquaintance. […]