Archive | March, 2013

Hallo nochmal….| Hello again

March 20, 2013

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IMG_0042Im Januar 2012 habe ich angefangen einen Blog zu basteln um diesen bis zum heutigen Tag kontinuierlich mit wertvollem Inhalt zu füttern. Am Anfang recht holprig aber mit der Zeit wurde es immer flüssiger, die Themen aber auch mein Schreibstil. Frei von der Leber weg die Dinge berichten, die man so erlebt wenn man eine neue Kultur erlebt. Auch nach 1.5 Jahren in den USA muss ich sagen, dass es sich gelohnt hat was Neues zu wagen. Zumindest persönlich als auch sprachlich ist man gereift und nichts ist schöner als wenn man in der Lage ist über den Tellerrand hinauszuschauen.

Als Ehefrau gestartet, mit einem tollen Job in Deutschland, bin ich 2011 meinem Mann gefolgt. Es gibt die, die sich nach einer Auszeit sehnen und sofort wissen was sie mit der freien Zeit anfangen, aber auch die, die erstmal ins Loch fallen und sich fragen: was nun? Ich gehörte zur zweiten Kategorie. Der Winter vor der Tür, nichts wirklich zu schaffen und die Jobaussichten im Land der unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten in Zeiten einer schwachen Wirtschaft…Naja, reden wir nicht drüber. Aber der Frühling kam und meine Gedanken fingen an zu kreisen. Was soll ich sagen, dank meines Mannes und dem Willen nochmal das Hirn anzustrengen um was Neues irgendwann zu wagen, bin ich im Juni 2012 wieder unter die Studenten gegangen. Ich kann Euch sagen, mit Mitte 30 wieder die Schulbank zu drücken, das ist echt eine Herausforderung. Besonders in einer Fremdsprache, da muss man das Lernen wieder lernen. Aber so wurschtel ich mich durch von Kurs zu Kurs um hoffentlich im Frühling 2014 mein MBA (Master Business Administration) in Social Media Marketing in den Händen zu halten. Das positive an einem Online Studium ist, dass man sich die Zeit frei einteilen kann und ich somit weiter die Möglichkeit habe neben dem Studium die Welt zu erkunden. Meine Travel posts zeigen, dass wir viel unterwegs sind. Aber wenn nicht jetzt, wann dann? Und somit wünsche ich Euch weiterhin viel Freude meine mykatjesworld Erlebnisse mit mir zu teilen und ich freu mich natürlich auch, wenn ihr mich weiterempfehlt. Bis bald mal irgendwo, Eure mykatjesworld

DSC_1766 Started in January 2012, and till today fed with meaningful content.  Ob boy, at the beginning it was more stumbling over my feet rather producing well-written posts. Especially in a foreign language it becomes challenging to find a personal style one is used to in one’s mother tongue. But well, I found a way (Hereby I excuse to all native English speakers for my (sometimes) weird word order and also usage of words at all) to write about a new culture I am delighted to experience. Also after 1.5 years in the US I have to say that it was worth to take on the challenge to try something new. At least from a personal but also language perspective I grew a lot and it always makes me happy to look over my own plate.

With a great job back in Germany, in 2011 I decided to follow my husband to the US. You know, there are people seeking for a sabbatical or break and they immediately know what to do with the amount of leisure time available. But there are also people like me who fall in a deep whole and don’t know what to do with their time from the very beginning. I don’t have to point out that I cried a river at that time, the winter ahead of us, nothing really to take care about (I am not talking about doing laundry or cooking dinner) and in times of economic challenges job opportunities weren’t available at all. But when spring came along I started to think about my opportunities I have while I am here. And yes, thanks to my hubby and the will to challenge my brain again I started something new. Since June 2012 I am back to school. Being a student in one’s mid thirties feels weird and it is a challenge, especially to study in a foreign language and also again to learn how to study. But since then I work from one course to the other and hopefully next spring (2014) I will finish with a MBA in Social Media Marketing, yeah!!!  The absolute positive about an online program is that one can have access whenever and wherever. This provides me the opportunity to travel while I have to work on assignments. As you can see on the number of posts tagged with travel – I travel a lot. If not now, then when?

So I hope you will further enjoy and also share my reviews of my daily and overall adventures in the land of opportunities. Hope to see you somewhere, yours mykatjesworld

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Sugar love | A Vermont maple syrup experience

March 14, 2013

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Was in Deutschland Grafschafter’s Rübensaft ist, ist hier in New Hampshire und Vermont Maple Sirup (Ahornsirup). Mit Joghurt, Müsli, als Zuckerersatz oder was auch immer dieser Saft hat es insich. Hab mich immer gewundert warum ein Pint/Gallon so teuer ist, aber letztes Wochenende durften wir hautnah dabei sein und am Ende war klar was den Sirup so kostbar macht.

Wir waren in bei travelnearandfar & In the Company of Stone in Vermont am Sonntag. Schöner konnte ein Sonntag nicht sein, blauer Himmel, milde Temperaturen und einen ganzen Tag an der frischen Luft. 260 buckets – das ist eine stolze Hausnummer und wir durften zuerst bei den meisten den Deckel auf den Metalleimer hängen – im Matsch-Schnee eine kleine Herausforderung. Vom Vortag gab es bereits den Saft des Ahorns und somit war der Boiler schon am brodeln. Das “Sugarhouse” qualmte vom verdampfen des Saftes um ihn auf Sirup Konsistenz zu reduzieren. Das dauert ganz schön lang kann ich nur sagen und von den Mengen Holz, die in den Schlund des Ofens wanderten, will ich auch gar nicht erst anfangen. Aber so wurde beobachtetet, gekostet, gelacht, gegessen und am Ende hatten wir stolze 5,5 Gallonen (1 Gallon = 3,89l) zusammen.

Es war ein toller Tag und ein riesen Dank an die Familie in Vermont!

What for Germans is Grafschafter’s golden sirup in New Hampshire and Vermont no one can pass by without having a taste of maple sirup. Whether with yoghurt, granola, as substitute for any type of sugar this syrup is great. I was always wondering why maple sirup is so expensive but last weekend we experienced how to make syrup and now we know what it is about.

Sunday @travelingnearandfar and in the company of stone in Vermont. It could not have been much better; blue sky, mild temperatures and a whole day outside. 260 buckets – that’s pretty good number. First we had to put a lid on the buckets – I can tell you, to walk in wet snow it’s a challenge – feels like exercise. From the day before sap was already collected and the boiler was simmering. White steam came out of the chimney of the sugar house and sign the reduction of the sap was in progress. It takes a while and I don’t want to go in detail about how much wood the oven has “eaten up”. But it was a fun day with lots of observation of color change, tasting, laughing, eating and at the end we had a total of 5.5 gallon.

It was a great day and a tusen takk / thank you so much to our family in Vermont! 

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Was für ein Gefährt | An American Dream

March 13, 2013

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Was für die Italiener die Vespa ist für die Amerikaner, und viele andere, Harley Davidson. Sobald es wärmer wird, die Strassen trocken sind, die Sonne scheint, kommen sie raus: die blitz blank polierten, mit viel Chrom ausgestatteten Motorräder. Harley Davidson: was verbindet man damit? Rocker, Gangs, Schmuesetiger, Bärte und eine Lebensgefühl. Toll anzuschauen, aber finanziell für viele eine nie zu erreichender Traum. – 20.000 Dollar, wer hat die schon? Aber die Neugier am Wochenende war zu gross und wir machten Halt bei Harley Davidson in Meridith, NH. Chrom und Glitzer soweit das Auge reicht und wir durften freudig den Glockeschlag hören als jemand die Papiere für eine neue Harley unterschrieben hat.

Klar habe ich mich auch mal auf eine Harley geschwungen…aber bei mir machte sich nicht dieses Lebensgefühl breit wie bei vielen anderen; zu gross, zu schwer und irgendwie auch nicht mein Style. Dennoch: hinschauen ist schön und ich freue mich auf den Frühling und Sommer wenn die Harley Karavane wieder an einem vorbeizieht aber ich bleibe meiner Vespa treu.

For Italians it is Vespa, for Americans and many other people the ultimate motorbike is Harley Davidson. Once it becomes warm, the roads are dry and the sun shines, one can find them everywhere: sparkling polished, equipped with lots of chrome motorbikes. Harley Davidson: what do people relate with it? Rocker, gangs, cuddling tiger, breads and a lifestyle. The bikes look great but for many of us the dream of a Harley is out of reach: 20.000 dollar, who has that much to spend for a motorbike? We were to curios and we stopped by at the Harley Davidson dealership in Meredith, NH. Chrome and sparkle all over the place and we could hear the sound of the bell indicating a customer has just purchased a new Harley.

Of course, I had a seat on one of the models…but I did not freaked out and dived into the Harley lifestyle: too big, too heavy and somewhat not my style. But: it’s great to see the bikes and I am looking forward to spring and summer when the Harley caravan is passing by but I remain faithful to my Vespa.

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Bevor der Schnee weggeschwemmt ist | It’s raining but no men…

March 12, 2013

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Vor knapp einer Woche kam der Schnee und jetzt sitze ich am Küchentisch, schaue aus dem Fenster und der Regen strömt…Lange Fäden vom Himmel und der Schnee schmilzt dahin. Ich mag den Frühling und ich hoffe er kommt bald aber hier nochmal ein paar Winterimpressionen von New Hampshire.

Almost a week ago we enjoyed another winter storm providing a fresh layer of snow to the already muddy looking white layer. Now, I am sitting at the kitchen table starring out of the window and only seeing rain…steady and heavy rain and the snow is melting down. I like the spring looking forward to it, but I am also a winter lover! Here are some expression from New Hampshire winter wonderland…

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Hello??? Anybody out there… Recap of a one-year blogging experience | #SNHUMK555

March 3, 2013

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DSC06949 The idea to have my own blog came up before we took off to our adventure – the move of all our belongings from Germany to the U.S. to experience a new way of living. My overall idea of this blog was to share a “diary” with people who either know me, such as friends and family, or those who find their way to my blog based on subject title, tags or any other keyword they are looking for their search in the Internet. Yeahhh, most people will think at this moment where something caught their attention and in the same moment we click the link to be directed to the site. Ok, from experience I know that first impression is the most lasting and that means a great subject title and tags will help me to “catch the fish”.

But what next? DSC06950What do I have to do to make people connected and addicted to my blog? Being interested in Art and Design the answer is easy: I need a blog that’s appealing, a design that suits me and I can identify with and people who see it will be able to get an idea who I am. Being me in the way I write my posts and share photos I take people can identify with. Voila and yet another person who (hopefully) wants to hear about my adventures. Sometimes I am like: Oh man it’s hard to begin, feels like a bumpy road I drive on but after a while it becomes like “go with the flow”. The goal is not to write a novel in terms of length but it’s important to write as much as necessary to make it a whole story.

So when I wrote my first blog ever, I was so nervous and excited at the same time as I thought: yes, the design of the blog – This is you! Looking back and also reading my first post I have to laugh…meaningful content to share…well, the first blog was not much content but the beginning of my “blog love story”. Writing a bilingual blog is challenging as sometimes it’s easier to write in one language than the other but like in sports consistency is soooo important to see results*. If you have nothing to say then leave it but also speaking for myself, once registered as follower of a blog I like, I am seeking for new posts desperately. Being a blogger this applies in the same way only the other way around.

DSC06951“Feed your audience” with content they like. Sharing life in a new country, far away from home and also to enjoy and show cultural differences this is what my “industry” is about. One could also see it as my personal travel book, no need to buy LonelyPlanet, Marco Polo or any other mainstream travel guide anymore…

Comments and feedback is always welcome. It’s not like a press release or a magazine where communication is only one-sided. When people provide feedback then it’s the proof that the content wasn’t too boring to leave the site immediately.

Instead, once I shared a picture of a cake I really LOVE!!! And promptly I was asked whether I can provide the receipt for this yummy cake – of course I can. If you don’t share and don’t engage with your readers than you shouldn’t have a blog…

No matter if private or corporate blog the before mentioned “tips” for blogging remain the same. Compared to my blog corporate businesses have to do more coordination behind the scene – coordination of bloggers, CI conformity, communication rules to follow and a clear understanding who’s the targeted audience and how they want to talk to. Linked via other social media channels one can reach a huge audience – with the right content one gets closer to become visible to the targeted audience.

When your reader feels that you do what you like then it’s going to be a good blog.

*Note: for Social Media Marketing tag it’s only in English due to requirements

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Source:

White, K. (n.d.). Corporate Blogging: 7 best practices. Retrieved on March 3, 2013 from http://www.businessknowhow.com/internet/corporate-blog.htm

Dawson, B. (June 8, 2012). Our Top 10 Best Practices for Blogging. Retrieved from http://www.business2community.com/blogging/our-top-10-best-practices-for-blogging-0188888

Klau, R. (n.d.). Blogging Best Practices. Retrieved on March 3, 2013 from http://www.howto.gov/sites/default/files/best-practices-for-blogging-slides.pdf

Urquarth, S. (February 27, 2013). Best Practices of Blogging. Retrieved from http://www.altitudesummit.com/blog/2013/2/27/best-practices-of-blogging.html

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