the au pair chronicles, or we’re not in narnia anymore mr. tumnus

I started writing about my former life as an au pair without giving it much thought, and—whoops!—the serial has already grown fat and enormous, with no end in sight. I, on the other hand, grow wearing of listing the previous posts in each entry, but want everyone to be able to follow along. And a index is born.

For those of you just tuning in, once upon a time I was an au pair (read: nanny, read: live-in babysitter) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany for a rather rich, rather eccentric family of seven. Fresh from the proofreader’s desk and into a rather awkward trial-by-fire initiation into German culture of about ten months. (At which point I called wedding and fled for earth in the escape pod.) Below you’ll find links to each post, as they are posted and each post will have a link to the index. Guten Apetit.

Part One: Once Upon a Time in A Faraway Land

Part Two: Left

Part Three: And Leaving

Part Four: The Risks of Time Travel

Part Five: The Origins of Hazing

Part Six: In the Margins

Part Seven: When I Was Batman

Part Eight: Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

Part Nine: The Cookie Monster

Part Ten: Beware the Typewriter, for She Shall Smite Thee

Part Eleven: Dirty Laundry

Part Twelve: Cyprus: Urlaub Unter Freunden

Part Thirteen: Cyprus: Back to the Place You’re Longing For

Part Fourteen: Cyprus: Escape to Larnaka

Part Fifteen: Snapshots From Bottom Street

Part Sixteen: Happy Birthday, I Hate You, Goodnight

Part 19: The Swarm

Part 18: Welcome to the Monkey House

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Tuesday January 19th 2010, 8:00 am 20 Comments
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[...] the au pair chronicles, or we're not in narnia anymore mr. tumnus [...]

Pingback by and eleven makes six | click clack gorilla 08.18.11 @ 8:06 pm

[...] I made the decision to come to Germany on a whim. Instead of moving to the Marshall Islands to teach English after graduating from a college in the United States (as I occasionally envisioned in the hazy daydreams between thesis drafts), I took a 9-5 proofreading at a local custom publishing company. But once I had paid off my college loans, I started looking for jobs abroad once again. It was a complete coincidence, a joke really, that landed me an au pair in Frankfurt am Main. (You can, by the way, read all about the year I spent au pairing in an already very long, but still incomplete series by clicking here.) [...]

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[...] with a family in Frankfurt and working as their au pair (read more about my experiences au pairing here).  Over breakfast I asked my host mother what would be going on that day and whether she could [...]

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You’ll want to update the link on the first one to: http://www.clickclackgorilla.com/2012/02/20/once-upon-a-time-in-a-faraway-land/ instead of it’s original one in December of ’09. The link is not working otherwise. :)

Comment by Jade 02.27.12 @ 12:29 am

Jade: Yup, that’s why I put that note up there in bold. Going to be a bit slow with getting the links up to date, what with the babe keeping me from the computer…

Comment by clickclackgorilla 02.27.12 @ 10:19 am

Alrighty. Just wasn’t sure if you were aware. :) Have fun with the babeh!

Comment by Jade 03.11.12 @ 2:10 am

[...] I decided to move to Germany and become an au pair, or catch up on the segments already published here. Bags packed and ready to go: On my way to Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette [...]

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[...] I decided to move to Germany and become an au pair, or catch up on the segments already published here. Frankfurt am Main. Photo copyright Nicolette [...]

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[...] I decided to move to Germany and become an au pair, or catch up on the segments already published here. Touch down in Germany! Photo (cc) flickr user Axel [...]

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[...] A lot of my blog readers and people I meet ask me how it happened that I decided to move to Germany. Well, the short answer is that I got a job au pairing in Frankfurt. But the long answer I’m addressing in a serial. This is part four. You can read one segment each Friday on Click Clack Gorilla about how I decided to move to Germany and become an au pair, or catch up on the segments already published here. [...]

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[...] A lot of my blog readers and people I meet ask me how it happened that I decided to move to Germany. Well, the short answer is that I got a job au pairing in Frankfurt. But the long answer I’m addressing in a serial. This is part four. You can read one segment each Friday on Click Clack Gorilla about how I decided to move to Germany and become an au pair, or catch up on the segments already published here. [...]

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Pingback by beware the typewriter, for she shall smite thee | click clack gorilla 04.20.12 @ 9:04 am

I moved to Germany as an Au Pair 2 months ago and stumbled upon your blog a couple of days ago. What can I say, it’s brilliant. So well written. Reading it really made me smile.

A big thumbs up from me :)

Comment by Becci 04.20.12 @ 10:38 am

[...] A lot of my blog readers and people I meet ask me how it happened that I decided to move to Germany. Well, the short answer is that I got a job au pairing in Frankfurt. But the long answer I’m addressing in a serial. This is part seven. You can read one segment each Friday on Click Clack Gorilla about how I decided to move to Germany and become an au pair, or catch up on the segments already published here. [...]

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[...] am Main, Germany.  If you’d like to catch up on the rest of the series, check out the index here.  Cross published on Click Clack [...]

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