Typisch Deutsch

As featured on the DAAD Study in Germany blog On the second week of my summer course, each student had to give a speech on a topic they considered ‘Typisch Deutsch’. I chose to speak about refugees, which I associate to some extent with Germany. Some of the other topics people chose included data protection, multiple…

Starting my Sommerkurs in Düsseldorf

As featured on the DAAD Study in Germany blog I’ve now completed the first week of my summer course at the Heinrich Heine Universität in Düsseldorf and it has been an incredibly interesting, exhausting and rewarding time. When we arrived on Monday, we had various enrolment tasks to complete, including an Einstufungstest, DAAD grant withdrawal at…

What I learnt as an au pair

The year has been a real rollercoaster (in the best way imaginable) and so here are a just a couple of things I think I’ve learnt. The more you put in, the more you get out. Everything you do is worth it. Your diary is a saviour. It is your friend to chat to, your…

Auf der Straßen in Berlin

So teamed with a determination to spend as little money on myself as possible and a forecast for Unwetter (thunder storms), I spent my afternoon mooching round some cool bits of Berlin, hovering suspiciously on street corners for people to walk past, then, shades on, trying my best for a decent photo of something that…

Ask me the stories

In Australia, Brie and I met a girl in a hostel, and she told us something. She said that one of the hardest things about going back home after a long time abroad is that you’ve changed, but that nobody notices it. She’s right. Yes, I look like me, I sound like me, I am…

Brexit reaction: Germany

On the day of the Brexit result, I experienced the feelings of dread and disappointment. Various jokes aside, it was a day that absolutely stunned Germany and pushed me into regions of embarrassment and disgust at my country which I’ve never experienced before. The people I spoke to here in Germany were simply dumbfounded that…

Why do you go away?

Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.

How do you say Miedzyzdroje?

Somehow I was lucky enough to go on another weekend to Poland, this time to the Baltic Sea. The only English person among many Eastern Europeans, my only photos were taken where I didn’t think I had a chance of being shouted at for taking photos. So, let me try my best to paint a…

Germany: the weird and the wonderful

Yesterday Boy Twin and I were at home together and he temporarily forgot to go out of his way to ignore me and protest every time I say something to him. After learning that waving knifes and forks at him and encouraging him to yell their names in English served as some effective bonding, I…

Hunting for history in Poland

Taking advantage of seemingly weekly public holidays here in Germany, my host family visited Poland this weekend. We went to a city called Wroclaw, which is Poland’s fourth largest city and also a university town. The reason for the trip was to visit the home that the children’s grandmother was born in, as her family…

Finding my feet in Berlin

Europe is enjoying a nice little heatwave, and even though I’ve worn jumpers for less than a month all up, I’m totally ready for the warmth and spending more time outdoors. Gradually it’s getting easier to fill the free time I have while the kids are at school. Today I went for a run, baked…