Um... yes. Sorry for shouting.
Anyway, here it is:
As I stared out of the plane window at the not-so-patchwork fields of Germany, I tried my hardest to hold back the tears, but alas (much to the amusement of the businessmen beside me), I couldn’t stop a few cheeky tears escaping. It was actually happening. I was moving to Germany. For real. Not just for a holiday but to live actual life there. And it was all just a little overwhelming, hence my eyes leaking.
That was nearly five months ago and I haven’t cried since. Well except for when I watched Marley and Me, but c’mon, I’m only human and that is one cute dog.
The point is, moving to Germany wasn’t nearly as scary or hard as I’d imagined before leaving. Sure, I miss crumbles, baked beans – not together, mind – and proper tea (oh, and my family, obvs) but apart from that, it’s all been, well, awesome.
Of course, there are the obvious pros of starting a new life abroad like meeting new people, learning a language and broadening your horizons, but we’ve all heard that before now, haven’t we? However, I’ve discovered a few other reasons why moving abroad is a simply marvellous thing to do.
1. You’re the foreign one
|Pretending to be German at Oktoberfest (read my blog about it here)|
But whether you’re on the train, in a shop or at a party, people take just a little bit more notice, because you’re foreign. And that’s quite cool. It’s fun to feel special, unique, and – dare I say it? – exciting, even if people are only trying to listen in to practice their English. (They usually are.)
2. Discovering new culinary delights
|Embracing the local delicacies|
Ever heard of Maultasche, Spätzle or Federweißer? Nope, didn’t think so (unless you’ve been reading my blog, you lovely person - I wrote a post all about lovely German cuisine here.) They are all incredibly delicious German delicacies. I am choosing to ignore the fact that I ripped a pair of my favourite skinnies while crouching down a few weeks ago. Completely unrelated to all the stodgy-but-scrummy German food I’m consuming. Ahem.
3. You get to be a tourist and a local at the same time
|Discovering Coburg - here's my blog about it!|
When you know you’re only in a country for a matter of months and it’s not really real life, you just want to make the most of every opportunity, say yes to everything (within reason), travel everywhere and yes, eat everything. My justification? It’s German. I’m embracing the culture.
4. Going home feels extra special
|Christmas abroad is great but... (this is Prague and here's my blog about it!)|
Going home to see your family at Christmas is always lovely, whether from work, uni or school, but when you’ve been living abroad, it is super duper special. Red post boxes, shops open on Sundays, Union Jack bunting, the Royal Family, One Direction, Cadbury’s, Topshop, family, friends, pets… How I miss you so!
5. Everything’s interesting because it’s new
|A FOOT of sausage!? Well, when in Germany...|
The novelty of experiencing strange German traditions definitely hasn’t worn off, and every day I discover something new. Sure, the locals may think I’m slightly batty for showing so much enthusiasm towards their daily habits, but it’s better than showing no interest at all. No, they definitely think I’m an eccentric British nutter, but that may be more down to my onesie and collection of Christmas jumpers…
6. You learn SO MUCH
|Heidelberg - blog about it here!|
And there it is! I think it looks much better on Cosmo and I'd love it if you had a little lookie... Here it is! (Just to prove I'm not making this up. As IF I'd ever lie to you, lovely readers!)