My favorite beaches are scattered across the Hawaiian island of Maui. Whether you want to swim, snorkel, dive, surf or just sunbathing... there is a perfect beach for you somewhere on the island.
In December, my parents, my baby sister, my younger brother and his girlfriend decided to join us in New York for the holidays. It honestly meant a lot to have them in our new home town and have the people that mean so much to me get to spend time together.
We were lucky enough that by the end of the year I still had a good portion of vacation days left over. Paired with German national holidays and weekends, I was able to join him in New York for a little over 3 weeks throughout December which was a big luxury.
I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for doughnuts. It's a truly guilty pleasure of mine and please don't bring up the actually calorie count.
My love took me here initially in December 2019 as a surprise date. It's a tiny shop with 4 tables. The menu has a lovely selection of teas, desserts and cakes and so far, everything I have tried has been lovely.
I did not have high expectations, I am not the greatest cheesecake enthusiast to begin with. But the first bite changed my mind and knocked Junior's cheesecake off my personal 1st place.
Another interesting difference from my German experience is an outwardly focus on the positive. In Germany there is an unofficial saying "Keine Kritik ist Lob genug." ("No criticism is enough praise.").
Another thing that I noticed with some, was the need to save face. Even though a lot of my colleagues seemed very confident, brave and open at first glance, I slowly began to register that it was oftentimes outward pretense.
With some colleagues, I learned that they wanted (or needed) instructions to a level of detail that surprised me.
Another thing that startled me was the perceived difference in attitude towards work. I had heard about the New York hustle and "Live to Work" mentality and was excepting to find colleagues who were driven and passionate about their job.