We have been back home in Munich for about 6 months now. I have to admit that I did not start looking for a permanent job right away. First you need to get all your papers updated and aligned, in order to even start presenting yourself in the most correct and professional way. And yes, this is hard work! My CV had to be “adjusted” according to the german standards.
So, what are we up to now, after our long journey around the world? What did we think should happen upon our return to Munich? Well, quite a lot, actually! But what about reality? How does that look after four weeks at home?
We heard from other travelers that it might be a bit of a struggle to get used to a “normal” life again. This particular “phase” has not yet hit me. In fact, “reality” came to me some weeks prior to our homecoming. On our way back to Europe. In Ireland.
Very soon it is time for us to return to Munich. Here we will be starting a completely new life as a family. While we lived in Copenhagen we were only visiting Munich during our holidays, so we have never actually lived here all three of us. Now we need to build up a “normal” life with work, daycare and all the other, normal routines. It will be exciting, but I do face it all with mixed emotions!
For a very long time I have had a crush on Ireland! It all started back in 1996 with a two-week trip together with my friends from the hotel business. One morning we had breakfast after our nightshift, and during our chat we decided to go on vacation together. One of the guys in our group, Ken, is Irish, so it was obvious to go and see his home country. Within a short period of time the entire trip was completely organized and all six of us embarked for Dublin. Sailing on the Shannon River. Galway. Connemara and the Cliffs of Moher. I was sold! My interest increased further when Ken showed me the university where he studied tourism. At that time I was also studying tourism in Munich. After the trip I decided that I wanted to take one semester (Erasmus) in Ireland. In addition to that I stayed for one internship semester in a hotel.
Isn’t it a bit strange that I am already thinking of where to go the rest of 2014? Shouldn’t I rather be concerned about planning our return to Munich? Applying for a job, education, kindergarten for Anton? Well, to me it is a bit more exciting to think about places we could go exploring in our spare time. Work will remain work...
For many years New Zealand had been my dream destination. But at the beginning of our stay there I was, to be quite honest, a bit disappointed. I cannot exactly say why. One reason could be that after Australia every country or place would have a hard time competing. I do love Australia! But after a while I warmed up to New Zealand and I fell in love with it!
This was not my first visit to Australia. In fact it was already my third visit! This is quite a lot, considering the distance from Europe, and how much time it actually takes to get there.
Initially, when we started to plan our journey around the world, Australia and New Zealand were by far my two main dream destinations. Partly because I wanted to show my two boys why I am so enthusiastic about Australia, and partly because I wanted to visit my Australian family. So that we could all get to know each other.
By now it is about one year ago since our life got turned around by 180 degrees. From a pretty normal family life with daily routines like work, daycare, shopping, cooking and weekends with various activities. In December 2012 we packed everything and moved to Germany. My home country, where we have just spent holidays as a family. But we did not have much time to settle down and get back into a routine. Munich was just a stopover before embarking on our one year journey around the world.
What did I like about our time in Thailand? Well, first of all it reminded me of my family vacations in the good old days, when I was a child. I was used to the “all inclusive” packages. Everything planned ahead. Flights, pick up at the airport, shuttle to the hotel, all meals included, shuttle back to the airport etc etc. They were truly “sunny beach holidays”. No worries at all.
How are we doing as a couple, being together 24/7? As a family? With no breaks? Without time apart? Without going to work or having any time alone? No time for navel-gazing! Well, we are doing quite well, actually! Then again, not always!