Thursday, October 18, 2007

Reveal yourself ...

Hello stranger ...

From time to time I ask you (the reader or the surfer) to reveal yourself, nothing too revealing mind you, just a location perhaps or a brief comment.

How did you find your way here?

Did you find what you were looking for?

Was this your first visit?

And if you stop by often, then welcome back and thanks!

I'm happy to hear from you ...



Blogger Carol said...

Good idea! Maybe I'll copy you.

Found you eons ago (last summer)... not sure how -- some other expat blog? Love your writing and stories of HH so decided to "Google Reader" you... and now I always look forward to seeing your name "bolded."


10:04 AM  
Blogger Snooker said...

I agree with Carol... good idea!

Wow, I have no idea for sure how I found you, probably off of someone else's blog. You've been in my Blogline ever since.

Your entries are interesting and thought-provoking and very enjoyable. Thank you for sharing with us.

11:08 AM  
Blogger christina said...

Can't remember if I found you or if you found me first. :-)

I enjoy what I read here and always come back for more of your insights.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Pippa said...

I was preparing to become an expat in sweet, lovely Koeln when I find you through the Expat Blog, I think. Since then my relationship ended, and I will probably never see Koeln again ... yet I am still drawn to your touching thoughts as well as glimpses into life there. It is a bitter-sweet experience for me to read your blog. Thank you for sharing.
May light find you, and contentment fill you.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Sue said...

I had a son studying in New York and loving the city. Somehow I stumbled on this blog, around the time he was spending some summer weeks with a friend and her parents at their summer cabin near Woodstock. Your descriptions gave me a picture of what he was telling me as well. Now ironically, my youngest son is studying in Germany, so your brilliantly written pieces bring connection's for us as well, I sent the link for your "Public Beds" blog entry, he said that was a very apt description from what he has observed in his short stay there. I read your blog regularly, your words are a pleasure to the heart and mind.

7:58 AM  
Blogger Berlinbound said...

A note to thank all of you who took the time to post ... and more importantly I want you to know how much I appreciate your comments. I'm very pleased that you find something of interest here and I hope you will continue to come back ...

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm probably a tad late but I didn't want to read your blog and vanish again into the dark void.

This is the first time I am reading your blog, and I found it on expat blog. Officially I am here for a job I like - if you ask me, I am here because I needed to find myself again. And so I find myself alone here in a strange (though delightful) city, and I wanted somehow to reach out to the English speaking people in this situation too.

So truth is, I come from a land and culture far away, and found your blog on a day when the going was getting tough.

The pieces of your blog I have read are really lovely and comforting.

Certainly I will be back (also to catch up on past posts!) - see you again soon -


3:42 PM  
Blogger Berlinbound said...

G ... Please stop back anytime. Thanks for your comment.

5:41 AM  
Anonymous NYC to New Hampshire said...

An armchair traveler, I enjoy your description of your adjustment to Germany.

What a loving and attentive father you are. HH will grow to be a good husband and father himself.

12:12 AM  
Blogger Berlinbound said...

NYC to NH ...

Thanks for stopping by and revealing yourself ... and for your other comments. I'm glad you enjoy it here.

4:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm an American, a long-time expat here in the Fatherland. I live in the Rhein-Main area. I came in August, 1992 after marrying my German husband, whom I met in California when he was a Fulbright scholar there. Like you, I came here with no German and the first few months certainly were a struggle. I went to an intensive German language school for three months.

After reading through your blog, I've nodded my head many times in recalling similar feelings. I think you went through your first year with a great deal more equanimity than I did though. I was 33 at the time and used to being an independent woman. Now I was in a country where I could barely use the telephone. There were a lot of tears of frustration in those first months and a deep homesickness. No Internet in those days and even phone calls were exorbitantly expensive.

Now I have two souls in me, I love the slower rhythm of life (I too spend hours in cafes), but after 16 years, I don't fit 100% in either culture. The US has become as foreign to me in some ways as I still am here, even though I am reasonbly fluent in German.

Thanks for the wonderful read. I found your blog after stumbling on some expat links via David Lebovitz's blog.

11:40 PM  

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