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Views from Sandhausen: Experiences from a Foreign Service Assignment [Kindle Edition]

Clifford Feightner , Lynn Feightner , Matthew Jacob
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“Views from Sandhausen”
Experiences from a Foreign Service Assignment

‘Views from Sandhausen’ is a diary of an American couple on their first Foreign Service assignment in Europe. He is an experienced international traveler who is an Information Technology Professional, then working for an American Fortune 100 company - assigned to Germany. His wife is a well-tended adventurous woman who revels in the good life that being married to a successful mid-level executive provides.

‘Views’ is a series of over 100 notes (with photos), sent home to their friends and families – to keep them updated. ‘Views’, is funny, heart-breaking, informative, thought-provoking, and provides the reader with a look at what is entailed in ripping a successful middle-aged couple from their comfortable life in the United States, and dropping them into an entirely new set of circumstances overseas. “Views” is a perspective that you will not read in Fodor’s, and is not commonly available in any other venue.

With very little support from “The Fortune 100 Company” this loving couple learns lessons the hard way, and overcomes the challenges with grace and determination. “Views” will serve couples faced with a similar challenge as an essential guide. For others, it is a quick, humorous, entertaining read about a world that only a few will experience. It is an emotional investment in a new opportunity, a journey of triumph as obstacles are conquered.

Our target audience includes:
• All readers looking for a quick, emotional journey with many cheers and a few tears.
• General readers who enjoy learning new ideas in a humorous, 1st and 2rd person presentation.
• Expatriates serving or planning to serve overseas – Corporate or Governmental
• Corporate organizations and personnel interested in the subject
• International travelers
• Readers interested in Europe
• Anyone wishing to take a walk through Europe

Cliff Feightner – Homosassa, January, 2011

Editorial Reviews


 "Views from Sandhausen" becomes a can't-be-missed adventure story.

"Provocative and is the personalities and perspectives of the expatriate couple that makes it a book well worth reading."
Cher Skoubo

"Views from Sandhausen" is a fun, fast read, riddled with tidbits of humor and information. Expats will relate easily to their experiences. Tourists will find it informative and eye-opening.
R. L. Macri, Author-Illustrator

From the Author

From the Author
This book needed to be written. There are fewer than two dozen books today listed on the Internet ( that were written by and from the perspective of the assignee. Foreign Service assignees are a curious and courageous lot.

In terms of work sacrifice, I make no distinction between government and corporate Foreign Service personnel. In terms of hardship, we take our collective hats off to the commercial workers. With little corporate support in terms of their private situation, these hardy workers, and particularly their spouses and children, often must solve their own problems. They must deal with the languages and customs, thrash about wildly (at first) in the world of buying food, getting a phone installed, and dealing with the dreaded sanitation workers.  In some countries and regions, the teams that remove the country's refuse have powers that cannot be imagined.  It is a very sad situation that those back home have very little idea of what these front-line ambassadors do for their home countries' images and perceptions. Speaking for us, as Americans, and especially for my wife Lynn and I, during our time overseas we learned more than can be bound in a dozen volumes--in less than four years.

Conversely, I believe, from all feedback received from our overseas colleagues, that the impressions they have of our collective countries are greatly shaped by our actions, speech, respect for their traditions, and lastly, our general manner of interacting with others. More than one colleague has told me that their impression of Americans has been changed by their experiences collaborating with me. Many more than one has said that about my wonderful wife Lynn.  Lynn was the very best partner and wife that I could ever have had with me. Her sunny disposition, dogged determination when she was right, and her grace when not, identified her as a gentle, caring, supportive and thoroughly enjoyable person to know and love. I owe much of my success to her support and encouragement. Sadly, less than 6 years after we returned to the United States, Lynn was taken away by that great scourge of our society--Cancer.  If we can do nothing else in our lifetimes, let us dedicate our efforts to ending this disease, as our parents largely eliminated polio in theirs. It is my intention to donate 10% of the author profits from this book to the American Cancer Society, in Lynn's name.

Cliff FeightnerOctober 2010

Product Details

  • File Size: 1920 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Publisher: FlaAuthor Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (January 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JU0K9I
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Views From Sandhausen" is a fun, fast read! January 19, 2011
By Dot
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"Views from Sandhausen" is a fun, fast read, riddled with tidbits of humor and information. Expats will relate easily to the Feightners experiences. Tourists will find it informative and eye-opening. It is culture shock blended nicely with the analytics of an engineer and the optimism and humor of a house wife. Kudos to the Feightners for sharing their Views from Sandhausen!

R. L. Macri- Author and Illustrator
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! January 22, 2011
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From a small village south of Heidelberg, Germany an American on a corporate foreign service assignment shares the exploits of himself and his wife. Imagine dealing with the trials and tribulations of what is referred to in Germany as customer service (what's with Deutsche Post and Deutsche Telekom), your FedEx deliveries always being rerouted by customs (meaning added expense and further delays) not to mention the cultural differences with as much humor and fortitude as can be mustered and you have a tale that shouldn't-be-missed. Now imagine traversing Europe with the aide of a GPS system affectionately called `Isis', add the Louvre, the Alps, an historic schloss or two, the French Rivera, some Roman ruins and "Views from Sandhausen" becomes a can't-be-missed adventure story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Read! January 22, 2011
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Provocative and playful, "Views from Sandhausen: Experiences from Foreign Service Assignment" takes you on the Autobahn and highways of Europe, to a small village south of Heidelberg--Sandhausen. An American corporate ambassador and his wife share their first-hand experiences of the history, traditions, art, culture, cuisine, conveniences and inconveniences of living abroad. From this base location they venture through Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and later the Cayman Islands--sharing their enterprising excursions, tips, photos and humorous stories. From the well known Louvre Museum and Neuschwanstein Castle to the local, lesser known KERVE celebration and "Blumen Flumen," it is the personalities and perspectives of the expatriate couple that makes it a book well worth reading.
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The Feightners tell this delightful story about the trials, tribulations and joys of living in Germany in the foreign service of Cliff's employer with great humor and sometimes courage. If you've ever lived in another country, as I have (France), you know it requires great patience, tolerance, understanding and fortitude, all of which the Feightners had plenty of, though their experience stretched their limits. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was because I thought a more narrative format, instead of a journal format, would have been more readable. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the read, and I think anyone would.
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More About the Author

Cliff Feightner: Worked for a Fortune 100 company for 38 years. His career primarily focused on Professional Project and Program Management in domestic and international settings. In addition, he was a leader in the design through deployment phases of his company's eCommerce presence in Europe, living in Germany for three years.

Mr. Feightner is an internationally acclaimed public speaker and published author. His topics cover a wide range of Business, IT, and Project Management subjects. His writings have been published in Europe and in the United States. While his published work has been primarily technical in nature, he has recently published Lynn's Story, a book dedicated to his wife's courageous losing battle with Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC). Until recently, he was married (43 years) to his wonderful wife Lynn. They have two children and four grandchildren, and he lives in Homosassa, Florida.


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