I am doing NaBloPoMo this month. 30 blog posts in 30 days. Come join me. #nablopomo2023
How did it happen that you ended up in Sacramento? Didn’t you go to SF for your exchange year?
I actually went to the University of California at Davis for my exchange semester. Davis is a small college town between SF and Sacramento. After I went back home to graduate from university, I came back to Davis while Jon finished up school. I had applied for an internship at the U.S. Geological Survey to gain some experience while I was here and the office was in Sacramento (which is a 25-minute drive from Davis). I commuted daily with a colleague and after Jon finished school, we moved to Sacramento while I was finishing up this internship. Well, that internship eventually (after a few detours) turned into my career.
What’s the most surprising difference you’ve learned between living in Germany and the States?
The most surprising difference was that time when I found out that apparently long division is taught differently from how I learned it in Germany. This usually doesn’t come up in conversion, does it?
Here is how it is different. I mean, if I squint, it maybe looks kinda similar, but not really. The first two lines are just super confusing. What are you guys in the US even doing??
Obviously, the results are the same. But did you know about this difference? I’d be truly damned if you did!
Do you dream in English or German?
Very good question. Most of the time, I truly don’t know because a lot of dreams are “non-verbal” (as in, you see/experience things not there’s not always conversation). The only time I know if I dreamed in English or German is when I distinctly remember speaking to someone in my dream and according to that, I can attest that I have dreamed in both English and German.
How do you find time each day to do all that exercise? Do you wake up at like 3:30 am?
As Jess Sims (Peloton Instructor) likes to say: “We don’t have time, we make time”. Before the pandemic, I did in fact get up at 4 am to go to the gym before work. I am kinda glad I don’t have to do that anymore. Now that I work out (and work) from home, I usually get up around 6 am and start my workout right away (before my brain catches up to what my body is doing – haha).
I usually plan a workout stack anywhere from 1-2 hours, which often depends on when I have my first work meeting, or if I have to leave the house and go to the office (currently only one day a week). My mornings are not “slow” or “relaxing” in this regard, but I do feel very accomplished and ready to tackle my day after my workout. I definitely benefit from the work-from-home life.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I answered this in my (belated) AMA post recently, but since the question was posed again, here’s my answer: I’d love to live in Boston. It was the first city I visited in the US (in the 90s) and I fell in love with it.
What’s one thing you miss that is better about living in Germany vs the USA, and one thing that you think is better about living in the USA than Germany?
One thing that I miss about living in Germany is that on Sundays everything is closed (except for gas stations and restaurants) and you’re “forced” to take a day of rest. One thing that is better about living in the US is that I love that you can get your shopping and errands done on Sundays. Haha.
Did you know about different ways to do long division? Did you know stores are closed on Sundays in Germany?