About us


For the last 20 years I have written about business, markets and prices. Now I want to write about people, traditions and everyday life.

In this blog I will tell stories about life in Germany, the traditions I grew up with and the way times are changing. I invite you to share my view of the world—a truly German view.

Through my parents and grandparents, my memory spans a century of German history. My own experiences cover the last 40 years of the millenium and the beginning of the 21st century. I know rural life, as I grew up in a remote mountain village and worked in the agricultural sector for a decade. I know business life, as I worked as an economic editor for  two decades.  After years of moving, I finally settled down in Frankfurt.

Here I met Francesca, the Euro-American who grew up in Germany. In writing, we explore  the similarites and differences of our cultures. We ask you to join us on this blog and to share your memories and your view of the world.


I read an article by a lady who had decided to stop shopping for a year. It struck me, that while I tend to keep or buy many objects, I do not remember why I keep them or why I bought them. They have neither a sentimental or objective value and are accumulated like a hoard on which the infamous dragon sits in her airless cave. What are the real riches I am looking for? Maybe they are not in objects, but in my untapped memories?


So I decided that it was time for the dragon to stick her nose out of the cave, spring-clean her memories, unclutter, hang them out to air to be examined and exposed to the world beyond her cave and the land of her mind. I blink (I am the dragon of course) into the sun fly across my mind. I come across places at once strange and familiar. I might have to stop a while to restore the colors of some moments to their old glory; too long have they lain ignored, forgotten due to a cluttered life. I promise myself never to lock myself into that cave again, never to forget who I am: the dragon master of my dreams, imagination and my mind.


One corner of my dragon mind is inhabited by my parents. My mother is an Italian from “Roma” and my father is from Oak Harbor in the United States. To make the mix truly confusing, my parents raised their four children (most of the time) in Germany. I will share the memory bytes of raising Francesca in 70`s Germany and how it is to live here today. Please join me as I explore our common German ancestry, history and language or when I cross the borders of Europe in search of moments to remember.


And the dragon with one majestic swoop of wings and blink of giant eye, removes herself to her new outlook on a ledge on the mountaintop and remembers (while I write).


13 responses to “About us

  1. Hye

    Conglatulations ! It’s wonderful.
    Also I’m interested in your view of Germany.
    Wish you good luck!!

  2. Elizabeth Milbrodt

    Greetings from Oak Harbor, Ohio.
    I am a classmate of Francesca’s father John. Mary Windisch sent me the link to your Letters From Germany. I am so interested in your stories. My great-grandparents came here from Germany and so much you discribe sounds so much like I remember hearing when the old folks got together.
    I could even understand the German a little bit but most of that is gone from my memory now. I look forward to reading your blog each week. I hope this comment reaches you. I’m not very good with the computer but I do love trying . I understand John doesn’t even try! Shame on him. It is good he has a daughter to keep him in touch.

  3. lettersfromeurope

    Thankyou Hye, Thankyou Elizabeth!

    We are happy to hear from you and yes indeed all your comments are forwarded to my e-mail. They do not appear immediately on the page, because we prefer to see the postings first and then approve them. This way we avoid spam and any other unpleasantness.


    PS The spam filter is so efficient, that I have switched full moderation off. Let’s see how that goes (21.12.2008)

  4. sroeber

    Hello, I like your blog, I have added it to my list of links. Please keep up your work!

  5. teutonic13


    I like your blog- and would like to add you to my blog roll-


  6. booboodog

    Hi Letters! I followed you over from Mudflats. I was an au pair in Bad Homburg many, many years ago. After my time was up, I stayed on for a few years. Although I have been back to visit, I miss my friends and the life I had while there. That was in the 70’s and I was a teenager. One friend I had met while there is still my best friend, all these years later. Your site makes me homesick!

    • Hi Booboodog, you were in Bad Homburg? That´s just around the corner from me. Absolutely lovely town. Hope you can make it back here one day. A sister of mine lives there. Who knows, she might know your friend. The world is sooo small. And don´t be homesick. Come to visit again.

  7. Dear Francesca, dear “Truegerman”,

    I stumbled upon your blog during my online research on expatriates in Germany. I really like your contributions about German life from an expat perspective — I’ll definitely point my friends overseas to your site when they ask me, for example, for info on the German health-care system.

    Since you are two North-American expats here in Germany, I’d very much like to introduce Internations.org — a Munich-based global network for people living and working abroad — to you. Maybe you could recommend it as a resource to your readers among your Germany links.

    InterNations.org is the global networking site with over 230 local communities and more than 120,000 members. We’d especially like to point out our live events here in Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg and almost 100 other cities worldwide, meant to bring expats from all nations and locals together.

    For this reason, we believe that your readers might benefit from knowing about us. We’d like to kindly ask you to place a link to our homepage on your blog. Of course, you are cordially invited to register with us and have a look at our network. The registration process is free of charge and will only take a few minutes.

    You can get in touch with me via e-mail (m[dot]grobbel[at]internations[dot]org). I’m really looking forward to hearing from you.


    Margit Grobbel
    Senior Content Editor & Corporate Communications

  8. Andrea

    I won’t see you anymore, I won’t hear you anymore. You will come to me in my dreams telling me, maybe in a whisper,
    everything will be
    all right.
    I love you!

  9. Daren Pearson


    It’s my pleasure to let you know that I am interested in gaining a few text links from your blog Lettersfromgermany.wordpress.com. I work for an education site which provides language education in many parts of the world including Germany. For that site, I would like to have an post at your blog or a text link within few sentences. Kindly let me know whether this is of your interest. If you are agree of our proposal, then please let me know the price for it. The deal will be for a year.

    I will provide all required information, as well as the link text and the URL. It would be great to hear back from you about this.

    I wish you the best of luck and looking forward to a long and healthy business relationship with you and your company.

    Waiting for your positive response.

    Best Regards,
    Email: daren.pearson@gmail.com
    Internet Marketing Executive

  10. Joyce

    Dear lettersfromgermany,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Germany, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

  11. Joyce


    My name is Joyce, I am a marketing executive at expatfinder.com which is a leading expat information and services website.

    I saw on your blog that you are and expat. I wish to interview you to further share some of your tips. The questions are mainly about the housing, the daily life etc.

    It just takes 5 minutes (or more depending if you have lots to say 🙂

    Of course, if you accept we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.

    If you are interested to participate at this project, please send me an email at interview@expatfinder.com.

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