It’s been 3 weeks since I came back from Germany to Ukraine. I had fun meeting my family and old friends but I also had a hard time adjusting to the life in my home country. I got to experience something that I saw other people talking about on the Internet: “reverse culture shock”. As everyone who lived abroad for a while probably does, I couldn’t resist comparing my home country to my new self-chosen home. So far this comparison was not in a favor of Ukraine. This, however, doesn’t mean that life in Ukraine is much worse than in Germany. It only shows me that I miss life Germany a lot and in particularly these 7 things:
ON MY MIND
I think no one can deny the fact that living abroad changes you. From simple things like what you eat and drink to the way you think and behave in certain situations, there are lots of changes that you might not even notice at first. Recently I’ve been reflecting on the changes that happened to me since I moved to Germany almost 2 years ago. I started to realize that my eating and drinking habits changed a lot. When I first came to Germany, I lived as au pair with the German family. Later I moved to the hostel to work and didn’t have to think about cooking because the meals where included. This gave me a chance to get a glimpse into what people in Germany really eat and drink.
I’ve been seeing many people saying on social media that 2016 was the worst year and it has to end quickly. While I agree that it was not the easy year for the world, I consider myself extremely lucky because this was probably my best year so far. I know, I probably said the same thing at the end of 2015 but hey, isn’t it cool when you feel like every new year was the best one in your life?
In 2016 many of my dreams finally came true and left me wondering how did it even happen? Is this a real life?
Ukrainian people still do believe in superstitions. They are taken seriously mostly only by elder people but are followed by nearly everyone. Some of them are so common that I didn’t even realise how weird they must be to someone outside of Ukraine. And no matter how silly these superstitions are, it proved to be difficult for me to stop following them even after moving abroad.
My year in Germany slowly came to the end. Today I am flying back home, which makes me happy and sad at the same time. This was a significant year in many senses, so I decided to put a list of changes I noticed in myself after living in Germany.