How Does This Thing Work Again?

It’s been a long, long time since I have blogged. My apologies. But I’m really not sure what I want to blog about these days.  I’m coming up to 6 years in Germany and life here is no longer different. Germany now feels like home.  This is great in many ways, but it does significantly reduce the blog fodder when you are not undergoing culture shock on an almost daily basis. That’s not to say that I don’t encounter things that makes me think ‘What the hell, Germany?’ but they are far and few between these days. I’m open to suggestions about what you want to read on this little blog of mine, that is if I still have readers.  Is anyone still out there? But, seriously, if you have topics you want to read about, let me know.

As way of an update, let me quickly recap my year. It’s not been a great one, truth be told. I’ve now experienced German hospitals and will now travel through life minus one fallopian tube (fuck you, endometriosis).  Depression has also regularly decided to kick my ass. But there have been good stuff as well.  I visited Norway for the first time ever in June and am now dreaming of life living in a traditional Norwegian farmhouse up in the mountains.

Old Food Storage hut. #Norway

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I’m also getting more active in the LGBT community here and took part in the Rainbow FlashMob to promote acceptance of queer folk.

Releasing our Luftballoons at #Rainbowflash #IDATHO #LGBT

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The German language still continues to be a daily battle, but one I’m struggling with slightly less. I’m still nowhere near fluent and my grammar continues to be atrocious but day-to-day communication doesn’t seem as daunting as it once did.

So, yeah, I’m still alive and kicking over here. Once again, I really want to know the topics that you want to read on this blog.




12 thoughts on “How Does This Thing Work Again?

  1. Welcome back – you have been missed! I recently mentioned this blog in one of my posts; you have a fantastic way of writing about your experiences which makes it easy to follow along and to get an authentic glimpse of what it must be like over there. I also plan on going to Norway at some point, it seems like a wonderful place to visit.

  2. As someone moving to Germany in a couple of months, I’ll be glad to hear about everything. How to use German public health insurance is one of important topics because the system seems to be completely different from my country of origin.

    • Where are you from Marina? I find health insurance here rather easy to navigate. I would recommend going with the public system as it is cheaper than the private. Due to chronic illnesses I’m a heavy user of the system and so far I have had no issues and have been extremely pleased with what it covers.

  3. May I ask you about your opinion on “Wir schaffen das?”.
    You are an immigrant yourself, but you have a totally different background and Australia handles asylum quite differently than Germany did. Did you experience Ausländerfeindlichkeit yourself? Are you afraid, especially as a queer woman, about the new arrivals from islamic countries?

    • A quick response, but I feel that this issue deserves a whole post of its own. But no, I am not afraid of new arrivals from Islamic countries. It’s the neo-nazis who scare the shit out of me as they are starting gain some political power. Also, I am disgusted in how Australia treats asylum seekers and am so glad that Germany chose to welcome those who have lost everything instead of locking them up.

  4. Lovely to hear from you again! I finally moved to Germany from Melbourne last December and the culture shock happens on a daily basis! For example:
    1. Why are medicines so darned expensive here? Insurance or not it is a killer to get the right anti anxiety anti depression medice without cutting out my heart first.
    2. Why is German TV filled with endless talkback shows and documentaries? Yawn
    3. Why can’t I go to a pharmacy when I get sick on a Sunday?
    4. Why do Germans feel the need to tell you when you do something they believe is wrong? Why do the sweat the small stuff?
    5. Why is banking so much harder here? This is a modern country right?
    6. Why do people get annoyed if you forget to put the separator on the belt when you are done loading your groceries? And on that note, why do they have a system where you cant pack your groceries as fast as they can scan them and everyone gets annoyed as fuck when you are not fast enough? Take a chill pill Germany!
    6. Not all complaints, love cheap goceries! Electricity!!! Phone bill!!!!
    7. Seeing castles on a daily basis as I drive to Bonn, pinch me!
    8. Will I ever remember all my vocab???!!

    • haha these are all my thoughts when i first moved to Germany. I actually find the meds cheaper here than Australia (but the insurance is so freaking expensive…). The supermarket conveyor belts are an endless source of amusement still. I’m back in Melbourne late November for a few weeks and it will be so weird to have Sunday openings again!

  5. Like Nicholas, I think it’s just the way that you write about your experiences, no matter what the topic, that makes your blog so real and refreshing. Please don’t stop! But I would love to hear more about learning German and your experiences as someone who has lived in Germany long-term and navigates real-life with it. I’ve just moved here from Sydney and have been self-learning for about 2.5 years. I was interested to read that you’ve passed B2 level and work in German but don’t yet consider yourself as fluent. I’m curious as to why not, and would fluency be for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts versus the various ‘pat’ definitions that pop up on language learning sites…

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