Life can be so funny sometimes!
I remember sitting at my desk in my German class and thinking ‘when am I ever going to use this language?!’. Don’t get me wrong, the language is beautiful but my teacher made the three years of me learning German hell.
After I finished secondary school (high school for my fellow American readers), I gave up on German completely. Instead, I focused on history and law. Never in a million years would I have imagined that I would be living here.
My life in Malta was good. I had a job, had lots of friends that I loved and still do, student life was amazing, I was independent and my social life was good! My plans were to finish my Bachelor’s, which I did, and then enrol in masters in European Law. After that, I wanted to move to Luxembourg to work for the European Court of Justice or the European Court of Human Rights.
FAST FORWARD 10 YEARS LATER.
2018 was a fantastic year for me. My confidence skyrocketed, I got over my fear of lifting weights and started seeing some amazing changes in my body. Travelling was also a huge part of my life. I’ve been to Palermo, Scotland, Malaga and Italy thus far!
You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.
I hold this quote dear to my heart because it speaks nothing but the truth and when I was feeling anxious about the major change that lied ahead of me, I would always read it and remind myself that everything was going to be OK.
One fine day in June 2018, I got a message on Instagram from this guy asking me for some advice on places to visit in Malta. He was coming to my island and wanted to know some fun things he can do. My profile was set to public and everyone could see that I am Maltese. I saw nothing wrong with telling this stranger some tips about visiting my island so I replied to his message.
At that time, I was travelling in Italy and I was due to fly to Malta two days before him. We exchanged some messages back and forth and he asked me out for dinner as a thank you for me helping him.
I said yes but I was nervous. Before him, I haven’t been on a date for two years! Also, at that time, I made up my mind that I am going to take a break from guys.
The day came and I was ready to chicken out. But there was a voice in me telling me that I have to go! I never ever felt this voice before. So I trusted my gut instinct, put on my 7th outfit and headed out the door.
We met in front of the LOVE monument in St Julian’s. This is an iconic landmark in Malta. From there, we walked to an Italian restaurant and within 30 minutes, the connection was there. And it was deep! We met every night and on his final night in Malta, he brought up the idea of me moving there.
Naturally, I was scared. This meant me leaving behind everything I know to move in with someone a) I barely knew and b) in a completely different country with different norms, culture etc. We decided on me moving in November after I graduate.
I flew to Germany in September to see him for a week. We spent three days in Portugal and three days after that, I was supposed to fly home. But I never did.
My flight was supposed to leave on the 8th. I never bothered to check in and that is when I left everything behind and stayed. My parents weren’t too pleased with it and they drove 16 hours from their vacation house in Italy to Germany to meet this stranger I decided to live with.
The first three months or so of me living here were a huge adjustment. I had no car, we live in a small village and there’s not much to do around here. I found myself depending on a person when at home, I’m used to doing everything by myself. However, I also discovered new and exciting things.
The Commissary on RAB was probably one of my favourites! I love grocery shopping in general and so stepping into a store that big and seeing products that I’ve never seen before made me very excited! We also went on day trips (more on that soon!) and I made a lot of new friends.
I remember one of our very first adventures was the Bad Durkheim wine fest. I met with some of Luis’s friends, ate some delicious food, got to experience German public transport for the first time and tasted some delicious wine!
Three weeks after my decision to stay, I found myself alone with my thoughts at home and feeling very anxious. I didn’t have anyone to talk to because all my family and friends were either at work or in school. So, I went on blogger, typed in a URL, clicked on create a post and virtually blurted out everything I had on my mind. From there, I found other travelling blogs of expats living in Germany and I decided to give it a shot. And here we are!
It has been a crazy rollercoaster and there is still a lot of adjusting to do, but I am having so much fun in the process!
So to answer the question of why I moved to Germany? The answer would be LOVE.
This is a rather short post but I do hope you enjoyed it! I cannot wait to grow my blog and share more of my adventures with everyone!