Moving to Germany FAQs

Town Hall - Hannover, Germany (photo credit: www.sxc.hu)

I’ve decided to post the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding our move to Germany. If you have other questions, feel free to ask!

Why Germany?

Why not? Ever since we left France almost five years ago (we lived there for a year while I was studying at the University of Provence), we have been dreaming of moving back overseas. New cultures excite us. We love the adventure that comes with living abroad and appreciate the opportunity for growth that comes along with it- each and every day is a learning experience.

Do you speak German?

Nope! Not yet at least, although Drew and I both feel the need to learn German. We are planning to do private tutoring before we leave to get a head start and learn the basics. We will also be enrolling in language classes after we arrive in Germany.

When are you moving?

The exact dates are not yet set, however it looks like we will be leaving southern California around July 1st. We then plan to take the month of July off to visit family, move all our stuff we are not bring to Germany to Drew’s parents home in Wisconsin and attend Drew’s brother’s wedding. We will head to Germany in late July or early August so Drew can begin work sometime in August.

How long will you be there?

We aren’t quite sure. Drew’s contract is set for an initial two years and is renewable up to a total of five years. Our guess is that we will be there for at least three years, possibly longer, but we will have to play that by ear!

What will you be doing in Germany?

Honestly, I’m not completely sure! Notice a trend of uncertainty here? Yep, there is a lot of that going on right now. But you know what? I’m actually OK with that! I really feel a sense of peace right now that things will work themselves out and I am excited to see how things play out!

Here’s what I *do* know:

-For the first several months I will keep busy with the details of setting the up our new life (finding and setting up an apartment, taking care of legalities, getting to know the area, etc.). I am also planning to enroll in some intensive language classes to work on my German.

-We are not sure if I will be working. There are some legal issues related to work visas that make things very complicated, not to mention the fact that I don’t speak any German. We will be able to determine a lot more related to this after we arrive.

Are you giving up acting?

No- absolutely not! Performing will always be a part of my life. I am hoping to continue working in that arena as much as possible while in Germany! I have already made a couple connections related to this and am hoping to develop more. (If you happen to know anything about acting / hosting in Germany- I would love to talk to you!)

I’ve been gravitating more and more towards on-camera hosting lately, so I would really like to explore that more. I grew up watching Rick Steves. I’ve always dreamed of being a travel host. One of my ideas is to create and self-produce a web-based series which I would host. If I can’t find work or am unable to work for legal reasons, I plan on making my own work! Stay tuned…

5 Responses to “Moving to Germany FAQs”

  1. decor8 Holly writes:

    Hello!!! I’m happy to “find” you online, I just moved from Hannover from Boston last August 2009. Please visit my blogs, one is about my life here and another is my work, I’m a writer and interior stylist who also teaches.
    http://www.hollymaus.blog.com
    http://www.decor8blog.com

    If you need a friend, or just someone to talk to about Hannover, I’m your girl.

    Holly

  2. decor8 Holly writes:

    Sorry that first link is wrong. It is http://www.hollymaus.blogspot.com

  3. Katrin writes:

    You’ve got such an exciting time coming up! I hope you’ll enjoy it and keep posting about your relocation. I recently moved from Germany to England to be with my partner, but still have a little flat at my parents farm and we are planning to spend as much time there as possible. My partner is trying to learn German, too, and I can highly recommend Michel Thomas German foundation course. He’s tried a few language learning CD’s but this was the only one that showed instant success as well as long term success. I wish I’d have kept record of all the odds you experience when starting to live in a new country.
    All the best to you and your husband!
    Katrin

  4. Katie @ Making This Home writes:

    Oh wow. You have such an exciting adventure coming up. I hope you love Germany as much as we do. I’ve just been sitting here, reading every one of your posts!

    Sad to see the results of your little sock, though. I’d say that’s the best end for something you love, though. Too often, we tend to never wear, touch, or use the things we love for fear of breaking or using them up. But they’re so worth embracing.

    Katie

  5. J LEE writes:

    I came across your website while looking for grocery store etiquette in Germany. (bring your own bag, leave your other bags at the front before you enter the turnstile)*.

    It was fun reading your blog, and your story about the tortilla chips reminded me of what I am doing too.

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