Anyone else who speaks fluent Denglish will see what I did there.

I was on a podcast!  I hope it’s not my last one, but it was definitely a life list experience fulfilled.  Anticipating my move to Germany in 2009 really was the instigator behind me listening to a handful of podcasts back then and I’ve never stopped.  

When I got a chance to be on a podcast this year, I leapt.  

Expat Life Germany host, Shaun Behrens identified a few themes for our discussion back in June. We covered reverse culture shock, working at an international school, and my own conversations and interviews with ex-pats, particularly, women in our conversation.  

If you’ve found your way to this blog from the podcast, welcome!  I am still writing and refining, but it’s coming along.  

The interview for the pod took about 40 minutes, but it flew by and there were so many more things I wanted to say, particularly about reverse culture shock.   

I don’t know why it was difficult for me to return to the U.S.  I know many people who have lived abroad much longer than I had at that point.  We went back to a nice life and built a gorgeous house.  We lived near family.  But, it was too late for me.  I had developed a new set of muscles, and I missed using them.  I missed easy travel and meeting people from around the world.  

I tell people that I am the sort of person who is more comfortable being out of my element, by being challenged.  

I sit here typing away at a Volkswagen dealership waiting for my car to be serviced.  German is still a massive challenge for me, and I have to think carefully about what I want to say when I walk into any public place.  It’s a challenge.  I understand that many people want to be challenged in other ways, but this is my way.  

If you have a story to share about living abroad or just want to be in touch, please reach out.  It’s exciting to begin any new project, and I’d love for you to be part of it.