I am a Swiss native who moved to Germany five years ago. I have a general love for fashion, travel and rock music, and of leopard print, funky cities and Bon Jovi in particular! I am also getting more and more into photography and this shows on my blog. However, if I had to pick just one passion, then it would have to be writing… I have been blogging for four years now and I am a freelance writer who is in the process of completing her first novel. My background is in marketing/communication and I am also still active in that area, particularly in social media.
My husband is German, so he “showed me the ropes” when I arrived and we dealt with administrative formalities together. This also meant that I had a ready-made social network, which I then expanded myself.
It was a very pleasant surprise to find out that everything can be a pretext for a festival or a party, from asparagus to Flammkuchen and from music to wine! This sense of fun is regrettably not mentioned in clichés about the Germans.
If you have children and you decide they should attend a German public school, be prepared for the fact that they will most likely only be at school in the morning. This was a big surprise for me and it does require some organization.
A food-shopping trip also usually means going to more than one place. In the words of my youngest daughter on our first visit to a well-known discounter: “Mum, don’t they have shops with EVERYTHING in Germany?”Photo © Jaytee Van Stean