A couple of days ago I discover the blog “Going American“, written by Sandra, a girl from Zurich who has just moved to Boston.
Among her interesting posts I found out one called “The Expat Tag“, where she threw together a few questions, inspired by an expat tag she saw somewhere around, as a way to keep in touch with other bloggers. I found it a great idea, therefore I thought I might also give it a go.
So, Sandra, following you can find my answers:
1. Where were you born, where did you grow up and where do you currently live?
I was born in Spain and after living in different countries I ended up in Germany
2. What made you leave your home country?
Actually, I left my country due to curiosity. I wanted to see the world, to discover other countries and to meet new people. Some adventure is good from time to time 😉
What type of reactions do you get when you meet new people and tell them where you are from?
Usually people tend to tell me something in spanish; “hola”, “sangría” or “paella” are the most common words people say.
Another usual thing is to ask me about the weather; “do you miss the sun?”. They get really surprised when I explain them that the sun does not always shine in Spain.
3. What was the easiest/hardest part in adjusting to your new country?
Thanks to all the people I have met since I arrived here I got a fast and easy integration. I attended to german parties, I lived and met german people, I worked with germans… All this non-international atmosphere helped me to learn and to get used to its culture and traditions.
However, it took me a while to get used to german food. People here use tons of sauce when cooking, and, at the beginning, I found it really hard since I am used to the mediterranean diet.
4. Images, words or sounds that sum up the expat experience you’ve had so far.
5. Your favorite food or drink item in your new country?
I love their cakes. I think germans really know how to prepare good cakes and to serve them good a huge cup of warm tea or coffee.
Regarding the german drinks, I must confess that I really like the Altbier (the traditional Düsseldorf beer). My favourite one is brewed in the Schumacher Brauerei.
What’s the one thing you said “yes” to in your new city that you wouldn’t say “yes” to, back home?
I think this is a tough question. Actually I am not sure about the asnwer. I think I have always tried to be myself regardless of where I live, however, I know I have exeperience an inner change since I live here but, sadly, I can´t give a particular example…
6. Are there any cultural norms/phrases in your new country which you cannot stand?
I know I shouldn´t say this but… Waiting for the traffic light signal to turn green. I have already get used to it, but my first months here were a chaos. I wanted to cross the street and keep walking all the time.
Nowadays the opposite happens to me. Everytime I come back to Spain I am the only person who waits for the signal to turn green… Upsss…
7. What do you enjoy most doing in your new country?
I enjoy discovering it.
Germany is a country full of contrasts. Each region has different food, cakes, beers and even a different way to talk German! I found it really enriching as an expat.
8. Do you think you will ever move home for good?
I don´t know… I do not like to think about it. If one day I feel I have to move again I will do it. If I never get that feeling I will stay here.
The best plan is to have no plan 😉