• My Journey Dairy

    AUTUMN IS COMING…

    Slowly but steady the days are getting shorter and colder here in Bracknell. That I was able to wear a short dress with a thin knitted jacket only about 3 weeks ago seems unbelievable now. I am in England already over a month and when I came here it was still summer and warm enough to wear my skirts. That time of the year is definitely over. I love autumn and couldn’t wait for Starbucks to bring out their Pumpkin Spice Latte again (I guess I’ve already had about 10 of them now :D). Cozy jumpers, knitted socks and hot chocolate in front of the TV watching my favourite series…

  • My Au Pair Guide

    THE SPACE PROBLEM – PACKING YOUR SUITCASE

    I pack my suitcase and take with me… What? That’s the question! It is hard to decide what to bring with you for one full or half a year. I struggled really hard because I just couldn’t make up my mind and wanted to take everything from my wardrobe. In the end I had two suitcases one really large and one to carry-on, one rucksack and one handbag. To give you an idea of the things I packed I’m gonna list some of them below. Clothes Underwear and Socks 4 Tops 6 T-Shirts 6 Jumpers 6 Trousers 2 Leggings 2 Dresses 1 Raincoat 2 Blazers 1 winter Jacket 1 leather…

  • My Au Pair Guide

    FINDING THE RIGHT HOST FAMILY – QUESTION CATALOGUE

    Finding the right host-family can be a little tricky but is perhaps the most important thing if you want to enjoy your time as an au pair. Even if it seems like the family is ideal at first you should definitely spend time in sorting out where your priorities lie and if they meet with theirs. I had to learn that the hard way. When you get in touch with host-families the key is to ask the right questions and not to be shy to ask anything you want to know. Before you do that however you should think about the things that are important to you as well! Write…

  • My Journey Dairy

    NEW FRIENDS…

    Out of all the things that could have worried me before coming to England the thing I was worried about the most was finding new friends. I am usually quite good in making friends but I always relied on school or my hobbies to be a place to meet them. I did not have such a thing here for the first few weeks and I am really not the kind of person who goes out to clubs at night so how was I supposed to meet people? As soon as I set foot on English ground my concerns were allayed by a nice girl named Celina who came up to…

  • My Journey Dairy

    ARRIVED AT LAST…

    My first two weeks in England have also been the worst two weeks in England. It started off quite nice but then a big argument with my host family followed and lead to them kicking me out of the house. I was lucky enough to already know Johanna, another au pair working in Ascot, who took me in for the night. We bought chocolate cake, ice cream and wine and watched “Der Schuh des Manitou” (a German comedy). I don’t think I’ve ever had such a good break-up! 😉 The next day my new host-mum Rachel picked me up from Johanna. We had only met the day before and she…

  • The Little City Guide

    MY LITTLE CITY GUIDE

    As I’m trying to get around a little while I’m here I thought I could do a little tour guide of all the city’s I’ve been to. I‘m going to include some general information I get from my good old friend Google but also tips and tricks from my visits of the respective city or town. Because I might visit some city’s more than one time I’ll maybe add some details later on. Enjoy!

  • My Journey Dairy

    ROUGH TIMES AND RAYS OF HOPE…

    You have maybe realised that I haven’t blogged anything for about a week. Unfortunately my time-abroad-fairytale turned out to be a little time-abroad-nightmare! Things like that happen. I started to feel very unwell in my family for reasons I don’t want to specify any further. Let’s just say it wasn’t only them and it wasn’t only me but more everything together that just didn’t work out. I spend nights crying myself to sleep, missing my family and my friends at home, feeling lost and lonely but didn’t quite knew what I couldn’t cope with. I don’t think I’ve ever used Skype as much as I did during that time, calling…

  • My Journey Dairy

    OXFORD…

    Unlike I initially hoped I had to do my first day-trip alone without Celina since she became ill in a matter of two days, I’ll spare you the details here. So I went to the bus stop alone and arrived one hour later at the station in Oxford. I forgot to look up some interesting sights beforehand and so I just wandered around in the streets a little bit, looking at the beautiful old houses and the new shopping centres. One especially caught my attention – the Westgate shopping centre right next to my bus stop. It is a huge openly created complex with a lot of nice shops. I…

  • My Journey Dairy

    MY FIRST DAY

    I woke up this morning in my new room which will be mine for the next year. The fresh air came through the window facing the garden and I pulled my blanket a little tighter. Apart from the cold I must have caught from my mum I felt pretty good and was looking forward to my first day in my new home. Firstly my host-father and I went to the doctors to register me. I had to fill out some forms and do some tests such as measuring my blood pressure or my height and then I was officially registered as a patient. If my cold doesn’t get better soon…

  • My Journey Dairy

    SAYING GOODBYE…

    This is the day, the day I was waiting for so long. It came out of a sudden although I was counting down to it. What a strange feeling to see Germany disappear under you from the aeroplane window and to know that you won’t be back for some time. My new home will be Reading a city in Berkshire about as large as Kassel a little bit bigger. I’ve never been there but I did some research on the internet. All I found out was that they have a lion statue but that’s about it for the sights. Actually not bad considering I’m not there for sightseeing. So right…