Emma: A Bavarian Sojourn
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Munich, etc.
My name is Emma, I come from London. We moved to Munich two years ago now, having lived in Copenhagen for two years previously. I can't believe we haven't lived in the UK for four years!
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
When we left home. It was a good way to record our experiences, and for friends and family to keep up with what we were up to!
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
Tell us about the ways your new life in Munich differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
Not so much, after Denmark it was strange to be living near mountains instead of the sea all of a sudden, and getting used to yet another language was fun!!
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Munich? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
I would have allowed more house hunting time that's for sure. We were lucky eventually, but houses are few and far between here, and I only found this one after a long day of searching 16 houses (fuelled by super strong Brazilian coffee provided by our relocation agent). I hadn't expected the whole process to be quite so interview like and official. Let's just say Estate Agents in the UK, don't get quite the same respect as they do here!!
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
Too many to mention, but one of my favourites has to be when my husband gleefully took the last parking spot at Garmisch only to be faced with a crowd of angry motorists two hours later – turns out it wasn't a parking spot after all, and he had blocked the whole car park... He doesn't like to be reminded of that one!!
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Munich?
- Prepare for more of an outdoor life. It's unavoidable when you live here – whether it's lakes and biergartens in the summer or the mountains in the winter!
- Book yourself a language course for when you get here - not only will it help immensely, but you will make friends in your lessons.
- Enjoy - it's a beautiful place!
How is the expat community in Munich? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
It can be tricky at first, but join in, get out there and don't just stick to expat circles....
How would you summarize your expat life in Munich in a single, catchy sentence?
“Of one thing there is no doubt, if Paris makes demands of the heart then Munich makes demands of the stomach” - Rachel Johnson