As you read this post we will be setting off for the long drive home as we leave Germany behind.
While there are things that I will miss about living in Germany, there is no doubt that I left a bit of my heart in London when we left four years ago.
I don’t think I have ever felt truly settled in Germany.
Perhaps it is the language barrier, or the fact we knew that eventually we would pack up and return home. All I know is that the whole time we have lived here, I have imagined what it would be like when we drive away and return home.
We were lucky to be offered a chance to move here while I was on maternity leave four years ago. At the time I didn’t want to leave the boys and go back to work. So, we took the opportunity when it was offered to us. It was the right decision at the time.
It meant that I was able to stay home with my boys and I didn’t return to work until they were three-years-old. Even then when I did return to work I only worked part time. For this extra time, seeing the boys grow up, I am incredibly thankful.
It also meant that they boys got to experience a different culture and language.
They leave Germany bilingual before they even start school. In my mind, this can only be a good thing.
Living here also meant my hubby had a better work-life balance. He got home early enough to eat with us in the evenings and help with bedtime. It meant he also got to see more of the boys.
So you see we made the right decision for us as a family.
Germany has a lot to offer and over the years we have had some lovely holidays, Lake Constance, Bavaria, Ski trips. Also we have taken advantage of the amazing swimming pools and the italian ice-cream readily available over here.
I have made some wonderful friends while I have been living here, for that I am grateful.
However, it is time to go. Arguably it was time to leave a year ago, but we stayed up to when the boys started school which was better and more stable for them.
However, for us – the adults – we have been ready to leave for a while.
We miss family and friends.
We miss the family house that we had just bought before we moved here and only lived in for a few months. We are ready to get back to ‘our life’.
I cannot wait to watch as the boys discover everything that living near London has to offer. There is no shortage of things to do, museums to visit, exhibitions to experience and culture to soak up.
I am so ready for this.
I miss the hustle and bustle. The quiet life in Germany, I have realised, is not for me. Take me back to the big city, bright lights and craziness on every corner. That is home, that is where I belong, that is where my heart is.
So goodbye Germany, I am thankful for the experience and the lovely friends I have made who are forever in my heart.
To find out more about our life in Germany, check out these posts: