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.
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.
I am taking a break from an actual posting today due to my sickness (it was a pretty tough week at the language school). I would like to share a funny link with you instead. A friend of mine sent it to me on Facebook the other day.
The article is called ’22 Things No One Does Better Than The Germans’. Let’s see if you agree with the list. My friend agreed with that completely. Personally, I find that Japanese cars, American supermarkets, Italian/French/ Russian Classical-era composers, and French/Portuguese baked goods are still better than Germans. 🙂
Read it here:
Other things are just food. But chocolate is chocolate (by Patrick Skene Catling)
If you have a sweet tooth and you are in Germany, Ritter Sport Chocolate Museum will be the right place for you to visit.
One of my current classmates at the language school has noticed that the older you get the harder it is to make new friends. Why so? The answer to that question is deep and deserves a separate blog post. Here, I would like to talk about my personal experience in making new friends in Germany.
I do not have a TV-set, but nowadays one can find almost everything to watch online. As far as I am concerned, most of the German TV channels are available on the Internet. That’s why, so it seems, everyone is forced to pay TV license fee in Germany (one per household).
I could only spend one day in Heidelberg back in 2013. Nonetheless, it was enough for me to fall for the city. Heidelberg is well-known for the University, Heidelberger Schloss, and the superb scenery.
I would like to share some pictures in order to show how Heidelberg looks like on a winter day.
Leaving aside Germans who do not drink beer and have never been to the Oktoberfest, let me tell you more about some other interesting facts I have found out about Germany.