A photo of the sunset from my balcony. We are getting a break from the completely overcast and rainy weather of the past month, and one benefit has been a series of beautiful sunsets!
I may be fluent in Spanish and English, but my German is still at a very basic level. I am so grateful to the many Germans here in Aachen who speak English with me. However, I am determined to learn German while living here. Of course, my German is so limited that I find myself … Continue reading Tiny Linguistic Stumbling Blocks – Language Interference
I wanted to document some of the last-minute activities surrounding our move, but of course there was no time for it. Instead, I will offer some reflections on the experience: 1. Go with the flow. One of the best things I did was to just let go of my expectations and just go with the … Continue reading Post-Move Reflections
We are two weeks away from our flight to Germany. The move feels very real at this point! Thankfully, most of our plans are settled now. We have chosen a moving company and helped our landlord find new renters for our current home. We have also planned to take a little vacation when we arrive … Continue reading Moving Plans: Two Weeks
Time seems to be flying by, and my to-do list is only getting longer. Here is what’s on my mind: 1. Arrival: We have set our arrival date and bought our plane tickets. Thank goodness for that! We are wishing now that we could push back the date, but in reality having a set date … Continue reading Moving Plans: One Month
One of the most perplexing issues I have come across so far is finding new insurance. Health insurance is legally mandated in Germany, so there isn’t any getting around the issue. To get a residence permit, you need insurance coverage that meets the government’s requirements. Employees in Germany, including immigrants, are automatically placed in the … Continue reading Health Insurance in Germany
Between studying German and making arrangements for the move, I have been daydreaming about life in Aachen. For the past 4.5 years, Argentine tango has been a big part of my life. (At one point I was dancing 5 days a week!) So, of course, tango has been on my mind. Thankfully, there is a … Continue reading Argentine Tango in Germany