Gleaning from my own numerous hospitalizations in the U.S. I have some suggestions about what to bring, as well as what to expect from your hospitalization in Germany. Be aware that I am comparing the U.S. system to the German system. Also that I only stayed in one hospital in Germany and your experience and the experience of others may vary.
Remember when I reviewed and did a giveaway for the awesome book “Knocked Up Abroad?” (If you don’t check it out here!) Well Lisa Ferland, the author, has some awesome news to share! She has written a new book, “Knocked Up Abroad Again!” This book will be another great resource for parents who will be pregnant, laboring or parenting abroad. And you can be a part of the book’s launch on Kickstarter!
I have to admit I was a bit wary about conquering public transit in another country, in another language that I don’t speak, with a child and one on the way. It seemed like a daunting task, especially as I pondered the thought of it before we moved here. However, now that we’ve been living here for 6 full weeks, I have learned the ins and outs of traveling via trains and busses with a toddler. I hope the following tips help you as you try out public transit in Berlin with kids.
Germany is all about order. Everything is “in ordnung.” Transportation is on time (or early!), pedestrians never jaywalk and signs indicate how everything is done. I had been warned about how children and even dogs should behave in public and was nervous about how this would actually play out with a toddler. Even Papa Bear told me that children are beloved in Germany but often they are meant to be seen but not heard, especially in places where adults are more likely to be carrying on business or conversation. Places like restaurants and museums.
The last three months have been a whirlwind as we visited family, prepared to move across the world and also found out we were pregnant just a week before Goldilocks’ first birthday party! The first 13 weeks of my pregnancy went by so quickly I felt like it was just a blur. I didn’t even get much time to research what our pregnancy would look like here in Berlin. That’s why I’m so glad I came across the book I’m reviewing today, “Knocked Up Abroad.”
The Growing Up Expat family has big news for you!
We’ve been in Berlin for 4 days now and I can’t believe how quickly it has begun to feel like home. I think the biggest reason for that is that we were able to move straight into our new home, which I will feature in a blog post soon! We really do love it here. I already love the community we’re a part of, with other Embassy families all around us and showing up at my door with food and friendship. I love the view from my back windows and being able to walk to the Grunewald (a VERY large park) within a matter of minutes. But there’s also a lot to get used to about the culture here in Berlin. Here’s a snapshot of my first impressions of this great city of Berlin.
This week is World Breastfeeding Week. A week that I’m completely happy is celebrated, but a week that is also hard for me. So I wrote an open letter to all the moms who can’t breastfeed for whatever reason and may also find this week difficult.
Today I will be beginning a new guest series on Third Culture Kids and raising children overseas. First up, is a great friend of mine, Maia, who grew up in South America. Read all about her story and her encouragement for parents considering moving overseas with their children. It’s a great perspective from someone who grew up in the expat environment herself!
It’s the FINAL COUNTDOWWWWN! We are officially 26 days out from our big move to Berlin! We realized just last week how quickly our departure is approaching. We sat down and went over the entire moving checklist for the month and a half before our move. It’s a doozy! I’m having a hard time not feeling overwhelmed at the sheer length of the checklist of items that will go into this move. Here’s a look at what our current checklist looks like: