I took a holiday to France and then I lost my job. After spending a few days in France we flew back to Berlin. It was nice to be home, in my own bed, with clean clothes and food in the cupboards. But something felt a little bit odd. My work emails were a little suspicious and no one seemed to be…  Read

The visa tribulations
May 11

It is coming up to almost one year since one of the most stressful periods of my Berlin life. Around this time last year I submitted my first set of documents to apply for a sponsored work visa. My working holiday visa was nearing its expiration date and I had found I wasn’t ready to leave my…  Read

Street art, pictionary and salt water
Mar 20

My weekend was filled with sight seeing, games and relaxation. One of my oldest friends visited me in Berlin. She only had to jump across from London but while she was here, we uttered at least a dozen times that we couldn’t believe we hadn’t made more of an effort to meet up in the last two…  Read

Getting excited about things is one of the best feelings in the world. As we get older the things we look forward to and anticipate with foot tapping impatience change a lot. This becomes especially apparent to me at Christmas each year. As I get older I think that perhaps that exciting, magical…  Read

Snow prep
Dec 10

I was here last December and it was nothing like it is this December. Last year it was certainly cold at this time but there was no chance of snow, no hint of it at all. This year it is well and truly here. It snows all day. I sit in the office and watch as the flakes change consistency, speed and…  Read

First day of school: Freiburg
Oct 11

I was buzzed into the building and expected to walk into an establishment similar to the one I had spent 9 months working at in Auckland, with a reception and receptionist, an introductory test and an orientation of the school. Well I was wrong. I walked in and an older woman greeted me in German…  Read

Ok it wasn’t as dire as you may think but it was not a fun month. I had cried, negotiated and begged my way out of the contract at my first school and I was finally free after 3 and half months of hell. The catch was I had to find a new job before a certain date or the directors of the school…  Read

When my boyfriend and I decided to move in together, I thought it would be as easy as 1 2 3 Schufa. But it turned out not to be. In saying that we were incredibly lucky in the end. So began the journey of trawling through the three most well known Apartment websites in Germany. At first I gave the…  Read

I had spent 18 months living in South Korea teaching English or being an English speaking clown faking an American accent to be understood. I didn’t want to just finish in Korea and return to my home so I planned to end it all with a big bang. I went to Dubai to visit my brother, then we embarked…  Read

I remember when I was living in Korea all my girl friends were complaining about the water there and what it was doing to their skin. I had noticed my own face breaking out a bit but thought it must have more to do with my diet than the water. But once I got back to New Zealand for a brief 9 day…  Read