A New Life


The last couple years has been anything but normal for me: travelling around constantly, living in 3 different continents, getting involved in projects at school, in the community and meeting people from over a hundred countries. But then again, maybe this has become my normal…

My new hometown!

My new hometown!

Now, living in Germany has allowed me to look back at some of my experiences to compare and contrast. I find it is usually the first 2 weeks which sets the tone for the next 4-6 months. It is where I put a lot of effort in meeting people, in settling down and getting involved in the world around me. Sometimes its easier, sometimes its harder. Luckily here in Friedrichshafen, it was very, very easy! There are so many other interns from all over Europe at the company I’m working for, all wanting to meet new people and make the best of their time here on the Bodensee!

That first week I went wine tasting with colleagues, take part in a football match, went to the only club in Friedrichshafen and spent a fair amount of time just chilling on the beach. Also barbecuing – that’s a HUGE thing here! Some people I met at a BBQ on my first weekend took me along to the big city of Konstanz for an overnight flea market. Lots of fun, we ended up leaving the flea market at 2am, going to a salsa club and then finally closing down the club at 4:30am. Looking at my phone outside the club, I noticed that we were 600 metres from Switzerland. So we just walked over to Switzerland too (no big deal)!

Switzerland border

Switzerland border

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