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#stayathome stories – #17

In our latest story, Karis Zeller reflects on lessons from the pandemic in a fictional letter to her children not yet born. Karis blogs regularly at Don’t Dream, Just Travel. A Letter to my Future Children by Karis Zeller  Berlin, May 27, 2020 Dear Children, Hopefully, you will never experience the time we had to …

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#stayathome stories – #16

In this installment in our series, KL shares flash fiction set during the pandemic.  Rinse and Repeat by KL One, one thousand . . . two, one thousand . . . three, one thousand . . . four, one thousand . . . Really? Twenty seconds? Why not thirty? Five, one thousand . . . six, one thousand . . . seven, one thousand . . . eight, one thousand . . . Damn. (Oder verdammt. Hah! German!) I haven’t put the shopping bags away yet. Maybe I should …

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#stayathome stories – #15

In her short story set in the year 2030, Daphne Chiang-Ratke imagines how we’ll explain what the pandemic was like to our grandchildren. Rapunzel’s Kingdom, Corona by Daphne Chiang-Ratke Berlin, September 2030 This year, our seven-year-old grandson and his twin sister stayed with us for the last few weeks of their summer vacation. One afternoon …

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#stayathome stories – #13

In the latest story in our series, Debra Weiner gives insight into life back in the States, where she and her husband are working from home, missing Berlin, and getting creative with their Vitamix. Stay at Home: The Montclair, New Jersey, Installment by Debra Weiner This is the first time since 2011 that my husband, …

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#stayathome stories – #12

In this installment of our series, Karen Axelrad shares how she’s embraced creativity and crafts, as well as virtual socializing, during the pandemic. Broken Needles and Lockdown Coping by Karen Axelrad I’m healthy, active in many groups, love tech, new gadgets, new ideas. All of a sudden, COVID-19 branded me as a member of an endangered …

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#stayathome stories – #11

In the latest installment in our series, Deidre Rooke shares how her rambles with her beloved four-footed companion, Izzi, have shaped her lockdown experience. Izzi and I by Deidre Rooke Living directly in the true heart of Berlin, signs of impending changes become noticeable fast. As our world becomes smaller and quieter, having my trusty …

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#stayathome stories #10

In our latest installment in the series, Stephanie Biery shares the story of how she managed to find happiness during lockdown by discovering and embracing what really matters to her—her bare necessities. The Bare Necessities by Stephanie Biery What have I learned from the corona pandemic and the Berlin lockdown? How could I discover my …

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#stayathome stories – #9

In this edition of our series, Sydney Beaman shares how she and her husband—both experienced expats—have used that experience to meet the challenges of the pandemic. An intrepid traveler, Sydney posts to her blog, The Beamans Abroad, regularly. Phases: Adapting to a New Life by Sydney Beaman Right now, the world is, as we are …

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#stayathome stories #8

In Arina Francke’s moving personal story, she shares her struggles and determination to persevere while caring for her two daughters alone during lockdown. We are here and he is there By Arina Francke Yesterday (Monday, May 4) I finally had a breakdown. After days that became weeks that became months of a four-room-apartment confinement in …

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