A Chance to See Beyond Oneself
Guten Tag!

And so my time in Germany comes to an end and a new home awaits me in Austria. When I moved in with the family in Germany, we had agreed that I would stay one month; I have also completed the first level of the German language course I was taking in Lindau (Level A1). I am now going to be staying with family friends who live near Salzburg in Austria to continue studying German and begin my job search. I am incredibly grateful for the family's hospitality in Germany and feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to live with them (see photo).

In this blog entry I would like to share some observations that stood out from my time in Germany. Bear in mind that I only lived in the country for a month and a half, so my observations are limited.

I am very grateful for my new life in Germany. Though it is challenging at times living in new country and learning a new language, it has been very rewarding. I continue to take German classes 5 days a week and work part time for the family I am living with. An important step I needed to take in order to move to Germany was to drastically reduce my number of possessions. I discuss my approach to living with less below.

Living with Less

‘It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men [and women] from living freely and nobly.’ ~Bertrand Russell

About a year ago, I had a realization - I had too much stuff. And I realized that each possession I owned took a significant amount of time to manage and it kept me from being mobile. So I decided to take a more minimalistic approach and I begun decluttering my life.

And so my new life begins in another country on another continent in a new culture with a foreign language.

I arrived in Germany August 2, 2010. I am staying with a family in a small village in the south of Germany, near the Swiss and Austrian border (the closest major city is Lindau). I am residing in a small camper next to the family's house. I considerate it a great pleasure to have my own space, even though it lacks a bathroom and insulation. But I have no complaints, I feel so fortunate to be able to stay with this hospitable and generous family and to enjoy the Bavarian surroundings.

I am moving to Germany August 1, 2010.

The long awaited move abroad will soon begin. I'm already in the process of moving as I have sold most of my possessions and am house sitting until I leave the country. I'm currently finishing up tasks with my job, practicing German, and figuring out all the details I need to take care of before moving abroad. I have dual citizenship with Austria, so I can legally live and work anywhere in Europe (my father is from Austria).