I moved to Dortmund

The idea move spontaneously – after graduating from the university in St. Petersburg, I wanted to continue education abroad. I was looking for training programs in English (German never taught) – England and US went first in line. A couple of months before making a final decision, I met my future husband, and the list diluted Germany. Sent documents to different universities, the offer of the Bonn University turned out to be the most tempting – from here and the choice of the city.

Four months have passed from idea to the implementation of the move – very long and Murotno was to collect documents. It was necessary to collect all sorts of papers from the Russian side, assure them, translate, assure translation and t.D., then serve on a student visa. The same transference itself took one flight – I came to Germany with two suitcases in which the most necessary-favorite packaged.

Moving, I did not know whether it would be back after the end of study or not, but I found a job and remained. After 10 years I can say that I do not plan to return to Russia. I do not know, however, forever in Germany or not – I love to travel very much.

First impressions

Before moving to Germany, I traveled a lot, so the world with a move did not turn over – I was familiar with the Germans. Notice how much the Germans are approaching the issue of study, because they understand – they learn for themselves, and not for dad or mom.

Having used to have nothing to do – I easily adapt in a new environment. The only thing I still can not get used to is "Cold" Food for breakfast and dinner. No porridge and cheesery, and even more so warm in the evening – bread with different topping and everything. For dinner, even a special name is – "Abend Brot", What is literally translated as "Evening bread". In our family, we still came to a compromise: when there is time, then warm food, when not – Cold. I miss my family and loved ones – my parents and best friends live in St. Petersburg, but we often see each other, therefore it’s a lot of missing.

Language I learned perfectly in the first three years after moving. When I realized that I was not going to return back, I sent every effort to study German. I live surrounded by native speakers, so the task turned out to be quite satisfied. My communication circle mainly consists of Germans, but also Russian-speaking girlfriends in stock.

Advantages and disadvantages

On the scale of earnings-pricing Germany is a very humane country. Product prices are available to each resident, and they are lower than in European neighborhood countries. The cost of housing depends on the place and area of ​​residence. In major cities, for example, Munich, Frankfurt or Düsseldorf, accommodation prices are somewhat higher than in the cities of smaller, such as Leipzig or Hannover. It still depends on the area of ​​residence – in Berlin Friedrichshaine rent far higher than in the same Kreuzberg. Gentrification also strongly affects rent. In Germany, both own housing and rental. This is due to the fact that most Germans work in one city, and live in another.

In 2016, an obligatory minimum of work hours was introduced to protect employees of non-permanent earnings. For 2017, a minimum of remuneration per hour was 8.84 Euro. The lower salary level is 1500 euros. Middle salary starts from 2300 euros and above. This is enough to remove housing, eat well and travel.

About local residents

The Germans are not at all as we know them from films and jokes – they are cool. In Germany, it all depends on the region of residence – it is for you and the Germans themselves will say. The south of Germany is considered more lean and prim – not in vain here are almost all the most famous production of the country. North-West more open and simple. North Germany is more straightforward. It is brief. So, for example, in the south of Germany in Bavaria, residents have long look at the beginners, but if they accepted, then friends to the coffin. When I worked in Nuremberg, then the first three months our communication with colleagues was "hello how are you while". And after three months, they seemed to be replaced – they began to call for a visit and chatting about everything in the world, I did not meet more friendly.

I moved to Dortmund

The Germans are very proud of their land-related dialect, the benefit of their hundreds, and they do not always coincide with land borders. The inhabitants of Nuremberg do not want them to be ranked to Bavaria, although they live in geographically there. They are from Franconia – and point. Residents of Cologne a priori are skeptical about the residents of the neighboring Düsseldorf – and so across the country.

Germans honoring holidays and religious traditions – Christmas and Easter one of the most long-awaited and loved ones. There are also funny traditions. For example, in the ground, North-West Westphalia on the night of April 30, on May 1, young people cut down birch, decorate her ribbons and attach the lover under the windows, thereby telling about their passion again.

Germans travel a lot. In any distant corner of the world, any country will definitely meet at least one inhabitant of Germany. Germans love freedom both in decision making, and in the choice (from politics to lifestyle).

About work

My work is divided into work in various airlines – now in "Eurowings" – and a photo that is with me from school. In 2013, I got an instagram account to share photos and thoughts from travel, which are an integral part of my life. In 2016 Blog was born "Shurpchik Travels", And the blogger settled next to the photo.

The main thing

Moving changed the vision and quality of life – the fact that in Russia it seemed normal (queues, hellish bureaucracy, unwillingness to explain), it is not encouraged here. Relationship changed to the quality of life, care for their health and the environment.

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