Berlin: The 21st most liveable city…?

When the fabulous Agy of Green Issues wrote about the world’s most liveable cities  I was pleasantly surprised to see Berlin on the list…even more surprising? It was ranked 21 out 50! The best part? She wanted to know exactly what made these cities so “liveable” and I got to write about Berlin!

and so…

without further ado…

here’s my groovy Berlin liveability interview with Agy


A Quiet New Years Eve…

As it’s our first year as mommy & daddy we decided to forego our usual Silvester Bash and spend a quiet night at home welcoming the new year with our little mouse…it didn’t quite happen that way…

banging past our windows...

…from 5pm – 3am we had our very own crashbangshakethewindows light show presented in surround sound, both in front and behind our building. erm…yay?

Without further ado….may I present:

A Quiet New Years Eve in Germany –

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Knocked Up in Germany

Congratulations! You have successfully procreated! It’s a time of excitement, fear & joy! If  you live in Germany it’s also a time of paperwork, confusion, desperately looking for a doctor you can get along with (or at least tolerate),  peeing into cups, having your blood drained & scans…lots of scans! The German health service is fantastic…it’s the people working for it who can make it or break for you, especially during hormonal pregnancy time! Continue reading

Self Employment Visa – or – how to become legal in Germany

This is how I (a Canadian) received my first 1 year freelancer/self employment visa – Freiberufliche Tätigkeit, how I extended it for 2 more years & then got the insanely easy unlimited spouse/marriage visa I have now .

The Self Employment visa is the least complicated to get if you are an architect, artist, language teacher or have profession that can be easily proven to work on a freelance basis (ie: graphic design, catering, hairstylist, etc…) .

If you do not speak a passable level of German you MUST take along someone who does. Seriously, governmental offices do not make a habit of employing English speakers, you are in Germany after all.

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Nursing Bras – or – Can we be pretty milk producers?

Nothing can prepare a woman for the insaneness of breastfeeding. First your boobies swell to mammoth proportions, then there’s added bonus referred to as  the” let-down” – sounds like a moody depression but it’s actually when the milk is released before & during feeding (or sometimes when you just think about your baby!). The let-down causes leakage & swollen, tender ta-tas.

I went from an attractive & completely managable 75D (34D) chest to a balloon-like 80F (36F) – whoa mama! Having always worn pretty undies I was dismayed at the boring, non-supportive total blah-ness of the nursing bras available in my size here – just because I’m nursing doesn’t mean I’ve given up wanting to feel attractive. Thankfully Mr. Internet provided me with some options by way of the U.K.

Here’s my thoughts on the drop-cup nursing bras I’ve purchased:

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