My life has changed so much, that I have barely had any time to think of my blog. This August it has been three years since I came to Germany in 2015. Many various things happened to me here and my opinion about living abroad changed many times back and forth.
Today I just want to be thankful for the opportunity to stay abroad, to experience a new life in Tübingen for the whole three years. It is time for me to move away from this place. In the very beginning I hated this small town, but gradually learnt how to like it. I cannot say I am in love with it at present, but I definitely do not hate my life here anymore.
Finding friends and getting a job is without doubt the biggest help for a newcomer to get alone with the different environment. I am not leaving Europe, I am moving to a much bigger city now. I feel that it will be easier for me to go through all the changes and adjustments again, since it will be my second time. I am sad I am leaving my friends in Germany, I am scared of the fact that I have to start it all over again. Where can I meet new people? Will I find friends? Will I do all right at the language school? I surely hope so, and I am not eager to be back to square one.
My life has changed and I have more responsibilities now. I have no choice, but to go on with all the difficulties that relocation to a new country brings. Wish me luck. I am going to miss you, Tübingen! I could never think of saying such a sentence three years ago. Time is an amazing thing.
Once I heard an expat in Japan saying that it is easy to believe that as a foreigner in Japan you are someone very special. Japanese people compliment you on your fair skin, your pretty hair, and the stunning way you look in jeans and a T-shirt. 🙂 You can fall into a trap thinking you are awesome and unique. In my experience, that works both ways. Expats also tend to give too many, moreover, unnecessary compliments.
Here are three situations I found myself in while staying abroad:
About personal space
It happened to me again. Shopping in Germany became an unpleasant experience. As I was waiting in a checkout line this Monday, a woman came and joined the line after me. There are no shopping baskets in a local Kaufland, and I did not have a coin to unlock a shopping cart, so I carried my purchases in a plastic bag I held in my hand. As I shop with a plastic bag instead of a shopping trolley, very often, people behind me in a checkout line do not notice that I have like 5 kg in my hand and try to put their purchases before me as soon as we approach a conveyor belt.
April is here and soon my blog is going to be one-year-old. I wish to thank all my followers who read my posts! Please check their profiles using my community tag and maybe you will find another interesting blog to follow!
Today I would like to mention some of the blogs I follow and recommend to read. For my community post #1 I picked up the blogs of other expats. If you blog is not on the list yet, it will appear there in my next post!