Guten tag, y’all! For those of you who don’t know, Lexi and I arrived in Germany and figured we’d give a little update on what we’re doing, why we’re here, and how long we’ll be across the pond. Also – apologies for the absence on the blog. We’ve been switching our hosting site, trying to transfer our domain name, attempting to write HTML/CSS code… and I don’t even know what any of that actually means. But, we’re back!
Long story short, our parents moved to Bad Homburg almost a year ago for our dad’s job. Bad Homburg is on the outskirts of Frankfurt, so, it’s essentially a ‘burb. Frankfurt is more of a metropolitan city, while Bad Homburg maintained more of the old-world German charm post-WWII. For the past 11 months while our parents have constantly been doing cooler things than me and Lexi (traveling, drinking beer, traveling some more) Lexi and I were doing boring adult things in the States: I finally graduated with my master’s in strategic communication, and Lex got her bachelor’s in public relations.
We knew we wanted the opportunity to come abroad and visit our parents for a little, so we decided to opt for summer internships in Dallas. I spent the past few months at a wonderful global public relations firm, and Lexi at a boutique firm. We also spent the summer living as “modern nomads” – we didn’t have a place to rightfully call our own, I pretty much constantly lived out of a suitcase, and we relied on a few wonderful people to put a roof over our heads. It was sometimes chaotic, but great all the same.
In May, we planned to come over at the end of August when our internships were over. However, Lexi was offered an extended internship, and I a full-time job at our respective firms. Lexi respectfully declined, but I really struggled with the decision. I absolutely loved where I was, and I don’t know many of my friends the same age who can say that. Also – hello, I’m about to be 25, I have two degrees, I need a steady income and a career. But, that meant no Eurotrip, but not only that, I didn’t know when I would see my parents again. After much deliberation and some margaritas, I decided it was best to respectfully decline. Hence, why I’m up jet lagged at 4:30 am in my parents’ basement writing this on my iPad.
We’re trying to take full advantage of this opportunity while we have it. I would have never imagined last year that I would be here now, in my parents’ new place in Germany. Traveling is something I have become so passionate about because it truly allows you to grow and become a better person through the opportunity to experience different cultures.
I know I’ll have to come back to reality sometime soon and get a job and a 401k, but right now, this is my reality, and you won’t hear me complaining one bit – except for missing college football and queso.