• Life in Japan & New Zealand

    Since July 2013 I am living with my family in New Zealand. In August 2012 I started to write this blog about Japan in German but many readers from abroad wanted an English blog. I am not perfect but I try my best :) . My husband is Japanese and I am German. In our intercultural marriage we have many funny encounters in daily life, some misunderstanding and we are learning about each other cultures. William Shakespeare wrote about Othello and Desdemona, I am writing about us, first hand!

    I lived and worked for 9 years in Singapore. After a short stay in Japan we moved to Dubai and I spent three wonderful years as housewife and mother there. In 2010 we moved back to Japan only to leave again in 2013 for New Zealand.

    The original website written in German is:



  • Kaka Hill! Hiking in New Zealand!

    Kaka Hill! Hiking Zealand!

    Hiking in New Zealand Did you know that frightened cows get diarrhea? Well, I learned that on our first trip. Everybody is hiking in New Zealand. Kiwis call it... Read more

    Posted on 20 December 2013 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • Akaroa New Zealand

    Akaroa Zealand

    It’s a Maori word and means long harbour. This little town is about 1 hour south/east drive from Christchurch. Following road No. Read more

    Posted on 05 December 2013 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • Japanese Christmas Traditions

    Japanese Christmas Traditions

    Actually Japan has no traditional Christmas like I know it from Germany. Japanese going to Christmas parties and eating Christmas cake. Every year people... Read more

    Posted on 27 November 2013 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • Two Thief’s


    2.50am – thief’s In mid October, my birthday started early in the morning with a big scare. I woke up from some noise behind the house. A big bang and than... Read more

    Posted on 20 November 2013 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • Childhoods – How Kids Grow up in Different Countries!

    Childhoods Kids Grow Different Countries!

    Today I would like to introduce a new book by Michaela Schonhöft. Everyone who is interested in other cultures will be happy to read it. A great overview of... Read more

    Posted on 13 November 2013 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • Interview


    Michaela Schonhöft did an interview with me and published it on her blog. Since it is written in German I will publish the approx. Read more

    Posted on 06 November 2013 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • Christchurch 3 Years After the Earthquake!

    Christchurch Years After Earthquake!

    Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament – July 2013 I am new in town and one of the first tourist attraction I did with my kids was the “CBD RED ZONE TOUR” in... Read more

    Posted on 30 October 2013 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • Cherry Blossom in September :)

    Cherry Blossom September

    Spring! That’s a big plus in our new home. Although the weather during the day is like a roller coaster and at night really cold. I have to get used to that. Read more

    Posted on 18 September 2013 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • Christchurchiiii


    ARRIVAL We arrived on 11 July in Christchurchiii. I got my first impression of New Zealand at our transit stop in Auckland. A small and cosy airport close to th... Read more

    Posted on 11 September 2013 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • Countdown New Zealand

    Countdown Zealand

    In a few weeks we will leave for New Zealand. You most probably realized that I changed my blog title a little bit. I am not sure if I will leave it like it is... Read more

    Posted on 09 June 2013 EXPAT, TRAVEL