Everything is happening so fast now. Last Tuesday I handed in my notice at work, I was really scared to tell my employers as we are very close, but they were very sweet and we leave on good terms. I loved working for them, but living in Cologne hasn’t been great for me and I guess Expat life is the way of living for me at the moment. Maybe I am ready to settle in a few years, my family would appreciate it a lot I think, but not yet. I am off to live in Lugano and Milan, a few days a week in one place and the rest of the week in the other place. My flights are booked. I am moving on the 6th of January, so in exactly one month. Of course I am very excited and I can’t wait, but there is so much to do in the meantime.
I have to decide what to take with me and what stays in Cologne. Luckily I can store all the things I don’t want to take with me in my grandmother’s cellar, so won’t have to pay for self storage again. Then I have to dismantle all the furniture, pack my things into boxes and paint my room white again. Luckily I am only working until the end of December, so I have a week off before I move to do all these things. Until then, I am sorting out my belongings, selling some things I don’t need anymore and throwing away others. I somehow like doing it all, even though I complain every time, but in the end, it’s great to declutter and to get rid of the things I don’t need anymore.
It was an expensive year in Cologne, I was unemployed for the first three months and then I had to find my own place to live. Previously, all my jobs had accommodation as part of the package, but the job here in Cologne didn’t offer it. It wasn’t planned and with my savings used up during my unemployment I had to take out a loan to buy all the furniture I needed, to cover the first month of rent and the deposit. Luckily I didn’t have to pay an agent, but it was still very expensive. Salaries in my profession aren’t so high here in Germany as abroad and so I was on one of the lowest salaries I have ever been on, but I really liked the position and hence I accepted the job offer in March. Before I start my new job, I will sit down and plan my finances for 2016. This year I overspent a little bit too much and I am trying to be better next year.
One of the benefits of working in Germany again was having access to great health care. Before I leave on the 6th of January, I will have several doctor check ups and also a surgery. I am not looking forward to have that surgery, but it’s important and one of the reasons why I haven’t felt great for a while now. In Switzerland, I will have to pay for private health insurance, it’s a requirement to get my permit. So of course it’s understandable why I am trying to get all check ups etc. done before I am leaving in January.
So, I am off to bed now. My plan for the week is to sit down and make a list with all the things I will have to do before I leave. Wish me luck!