Alright ya’ll, today’s the day, I’m finally leaving for my big move to Germany! My apartment is boxed up, bags are packed, and goodbyes said – no turning back now. I have started this new section on my blog called Dear Diary in which I will be sharing the more intimate and personal details of my expat life with you. I realize that not everyone reading about my adventures will care about my personal journey throughout all this; however, I wanted to have a place that my friends and family could “keep tabs” on me and join along in my adventure.
For those of you just joining me you can find out why I decided to move to Germany in my Life Update: I’m Moving! post…. (I’ll wait)
I want to start off by saying I am grateful for the friends and family that I have back home who are supporting me and cheering me on, this will not be an easy journey but it will be an experience that I am eternally grateful to have.
I know that living in another country is going to be extremely different than living in America, and that’s okay. The important thing is not to pretend everything is the same, but to recognize and appreciate those cultural differences that make us all unique.
For now my boyfriend & I have a cute little place that we share with a male room mate. It’s a two bedroom house with shared living spaces and a small garden. The house is very modern, clean, and in a great location. It’s just a short walk to a grocery store, restaurant, park, and my boyfriends Grandmas house. (She makes the best German food EVER)
Luckily, as Rene and I have been together over 5 years, I have a pretty decent concept of the German language. I have been learning the entire time we’ve been together, taken a college course, and spent 2 months of time in Germany where I was able to practice it. I am very excited to take my knowledge of the language to the next level and my goal is to be fluent within 1 year.
In 2016 I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Fortunately for me, with English being the universal language, there are many international companies in Germany which I hope to be able to find a job working for. I know it won’t be an easy task but as soon as I arrive I will be applying for the Job Seeker Visa and begin my quest for a job. This visa should allow me up to 6 months to find a job, without the visa I can only stay 3 months. I tried to land a position before the move but didn’t have any luck. (Fingers Crossed.)
I’m allowed to use my U.S. drivers license for 6 months before I have to obtain a German one. (Which is quite the hastle I might add) I don’t think I’ll be driving alone often though as the rules are a bit different than the U.S. The last time I was there I was able to get a pretty good grasp of their public transportation system and I actually really enjoyed/felt comfortable using it. They have buses, trains, you name it. Everyone that’s been to Europe will tell you between driving and cheap airfare (which you can read how to find HERE) it’s pretty inexpensive and easy to get anywhere.
They say the best way to travel Europe is to live there – I fully intend on taking advantage of this and seeing as many beautiful historical sites as financially and realistically possible. This year the big one I want to knock off my bucket list is Paris. It’s only a 6 hour drive, or 1 hour flight, from Frankfurt so it just seems the most logical place to start. Another place high on my bucket list is Switzerland, skiing in the Swiss Alps is like the #1 thing on my bucket list. Of course there are many places we can go but these are two of the bigger spots I hope to hit this year!
There are so many exciting things to talk about but I will just leave you with all that info for now. I’ll check back in when I have any interesting (or moderately interesting) news to share!