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I’m an American living in Deutschland since 2008 and No Apathy Allowed is about life in another country and my adventures, large and small — these include traveling, running, and discovering all the hidden treasures that the Hanseatic city of Bremen has to offer.

Over the past 12 years I’ve also called beautiful Hamburg (meine Perle) and Berlin home.  Although I’m a Seattle girl at heart, before Germany, I lived and loved in both Uganda and New York.

If you take some time to explore these pages, these are the topics you’ll read about most.  So I hope you’ll stay awhile!

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  1. Hello,
    I was delighted to find your site. I was born and grew up on the south side of Chicago and have lived since 1965 in Germany. I received my PhD in 1973 from Eberhard Karl’s Universität in Tübingen and the Max Planck Institut for Biological Cybernetics. I worked as a research scientist in brain research, virology and cancer research until retirement a few years ago. My wife is German and we both are avid cooks. We will be fixing a full turkey dinner for Sylvester and I am going to use your Hokaido pumpkin pie recipe. I have always used big pumpkins before, have never tried a hokaido before, but since we have so many in our garden……
    Thanks for the recipe and good luck in the new year. I’ll be checking in now and then.

    • Hi Bruce, thank you so much for taking the time to comment on my blog! I love hearing from other Americans that have made Germany their home, and especially those who were successful within the German academic system too. :) Your Sylvester dinner sounds fantastic, and I think you’ll really enjoy pumpkin pie using Hokkaido — and even more so if they’re homegrown! If you have a chance, please stop by again and let me know how they turned out.

  2. Rebecka Ruggiero says:

    Hi! I am originally from Saginaw, Michigan and been living in Frankfurt am Main since 1991. I really love baking and enjoyed your recipe. Would you be interested in exchanging other recipes? Would love to hear from you!
    Best wishes

  3. Kayla says:

    Hi there! My family and I are moving to Germany in a few months and I was hoping I could get a little advice from you on how you got your belongings over there. We’re not bringing a lot but everywhere we have looked it costs several hundred dollars to ship a box or I’m reading reports of scammers. Any advice on how you moved would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

    • I mostly just brought what I could carry with me on the airplane (with some baggage fees, of course!). I shipped some books and artwork (but ended up paying customs on artwork that I already owned, so careful there!). I moved in with my boyfriend when I arrived, so I didn’t need to worry about bring furniture or anything heavy. Sorry I can’t be more helpful, but I wish you much success with your move and an easy transition!

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