(That’s ” The first blog post from Germany”)
I think most of my blog readers are getting my emails, and I’ve been trying to keep those upbeat, but I have to be real for a few minutes. Moving internationally has been hard. Sometimes I feel SO alone. I mean, I have Rob, but really, that’s it. And I think I’ll be making some great friends when school really gets started, but sometimes–riding the bus, working in my office, walking home–what we’ve done really hits me. We have moved to a place where we don’t know anyone. I am living in a country where I can only understand about half (on a good day!) of what is being said around me. Most places don’t take Visa, and most of the money we have until I get paid at the end of the month is accessable mainly by ATM (or EC “electronic cash” machines). Nothing around me is familiar. And all of that is opposite of what you have when you have lived in one place for seven years (i.e. me and Springfield).
I can’t just end this post like that though. So far, everything really has been wonderful. We haven’t had any major difficulties, our apartment is perfect, and my colleages all seem great. My first six days in Germany really haven’t been sour at all. I guess I just needed to vent some of those feelings. :)
Thanks for listening, and know that all your emails really make me feel like I’m not too far from home. I appreciate them more than I can express.