Finally I can reveal what The Life Changing Event is now that the relevant people have been officially informed.
I’m moving to Hamburg, Germany!
My company is relocating me to the German office to head up the support team for the EU/UK region. Basically, I will be doing the same job I do here in Sydney, just in Hamburg. I had to wait until my co-workers had been officially told before I was publicly allowed to say anything.
I leave Sydney on the 24th September, so I’ve just over 4 weeks (3 weeks now) to get everything for my departure ready. It has been a mad scramble that is still going on, but with all my to-do lists, it is gradually getting done.
Living in Germany is going to be an adventure. I don’t speak German besides a couple of phrases, most of them about how I don’t speak German. Therefore renting an apartment, opening a bank account and even going grocery shopping is going to be challenging. Hell even ordering my lunch is going to be hard. I’m really hoping that my new German colleagues will help me out. Fortunately, my job will be conducted all in English (phew!) but the rest of my life will be in German. I will be enrolling in evening classes which start the week after I get there.
One of the things that was really worrying me was meeting new people and making friends in a strange city where I don’t speak the language. However, I have joined an English speaking expat forum for people living in Germany and have met lots of awesome people through there. In fact, I’ve been invited out for drinks during my first week in Hamburg already. Also, I have found an amateur English speaking theatre group I can join, plus a gay & lesbian karate club (German speaking) so I’m feeling a little bit better about being able to meet people and find some friends.
I’m a mixture of excited and completely stressed out. However, I think the change in scenery, in fact a change in my whole entire life, will do me good. Living and working overseas is something I have wanted to do for many, many years and I am now going to live that dream.
Needless to say, this blog is going to change its focus to what it’s like for an Aussie geek girl to live in Germany. There will still be stuff about autism cause I’m sure my Aspergers is going to cause lots of embarrassing situations, but that will no longer be the primary focus of my blog. Hope that you all will still want to stick around for the journey.