Here we are – 2015. This time last year, I’d never have imagined that I’d be curled up on the sofa in the Berlin apartment, alone, but with a wedding ring on my finger, home after a day’s work – all that a year later.
2014 was quite a big year. I started it off in Germany and ended it off in Germany. It’s the longest I’ve ever lived in another country. I suppose the semester in France now seems like such a baby step.
I did a fair bit of travelling in the last years. The number of countries, however, is starting to dwindle. 2014 saw me through Wittensee, Hamburg, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Nürnberg, Braunschweig. It also saw me through Manchester for a short weekend trip with a bureaucratic purpose, and Singapore for the summer, also partly for bureaucratic purposes.
I spent the good first half of the year going to language school, working at the cafe, freelance editing and job searching. I had my first assessment center experience. I made and lost friends. I struggled further with the language. I struggled keeping in contact with my family. I struggled finding my purpose here but I enjoyed life a lot.
Things took a surprise turn, when H proposed. It remains my happiest moment, and I can perfectly recreate that memory in my head, as we laid on the grass and enjoyed the sun, content.
I helped him move to Stuttgart shortly before we returned to Singapore to visit family and friends – the people I love and miss so much! H went back to Germany as I stayed on to miss the real World Cup fever, and did a short-term merchandising role at supermarkets. Developed a newfound respect for them.
Then I came back to Germany and shuffled between Stuttgart and Berlin. Finally, we married at the civil registry office, and what we had no expectations for, turned out to be amazing. H then went on to India and had an adventure, while I learnt to live with someone I didn’t know – what an experience that was. And when he returned, we returned to being newly weds.
I spent Christmas being ill, but was well enough to feast and unwrap presents happily on the eve. We also had an amazing New Year’s Eve – one that I truly thoroughly enjoyed, without having to ask H to translate everything that’s happening, one where I stopped feeling like a guest to this land.
2015 brings new challenges, but I’m excited for them.
Thank you 2014. You’ve been amazing.