The last three months were not the easiest in my life and I hope to never have to go through a similar experience again. Three months ago I moved involuntarily back to Germany and even though I didn’t want to stay at all, I have now decided to stay for a while in Cologne, my home town. I signed a two year contract and my new employer is nothing but amazing, so staying here became a lot easier. I looked at jobs in Istanbul, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Milan and staying in Cologne just felt right, even though I didn’t want to live in Germany ever again. I am telling myself that it won’t be forever and that I can use the time to get better, have more time to myself and having access to great health care is a huge plus too.
Before the Easter weekend I moved into my new flat in Marienburg. I live right by the river Rhine and can see the boats passing by from my bedroom. The Rhine is the second best view to have after the Cathedral. Instead of having to commute to work every morning on public transport, I can walk ten minutes door to door. A dream!
I have decided not to plan any holidays this year and I also cancelled my trip to Las Vegas. This was a very hard decision to make, but I am glad now I have done it. I found out a few of my friends aren’t going either and it makes it easier of course. I might end up going somewhere warm in June with my friend Kim though, the plan is to pack our things and just head off south, stop and stay where we like it. It sounds exciting!
I am amazed on a daily basis on how inexpensive Cologne is compared to London. The flat I am living in costs 1200€ rent a month, that’s just under £900. Marienburg is one of the most expensive parts of Cologne and the flat is 1100 square feet plus an additional large conversatory and a balcony. Prices that you could only dream of in London.
I am not changing to name of my blog, even though I am not in London anymore. I discussed the topic before, I still mainly write for UK and US followers and I am returning to London, the question is just when. I also have all my social media attached to the ‘German Girl in London’ and I don’t want to change all of that. That’s one of the things I love about blogging, you can do it from anywhere in the world. The last few months it was quiet around here, but I am now finally breathing again and ready to start again where I left off last year before I went to Istanbul.
I am feeling so much better.
To new beginnings…