I love everything about Germany and honestly I spend so much of my time dreaming about the day I’ll get to go there and immerse myself in the amazing culture and surroundings. I find it hard not to compare my life in New Zealand with what my life would be like if I lived in an amazing German city.
When I was in my first year at high school we had to learn languages as it was a compulsory subject. We were given two different languages to learn throughout the year, each going for about six months before you change over to the other. Our class was given French and then German, respectively.
I was so bad at French. Even though it was pretty basic as we were only beginners and in year 9, I was so bad that I’m surprised I passed at the end of the six months. Well, that’s not entirely true – I do know why I passed. My best friend at the time was actually half French and she helped me a lot during class, we would always work on the writing exercises together (and by that I mean she would do it all and I would just sit there watching because I didn’t know any of it).
Some languages definitely come easier and harder to us than others. French, for example, is such a beautiful language and I really wanted to be good at it. But I honestly never really understood it and it didn’t make sense to me. I can’t think of a single French word that I learnt in class that I can remember now.
German, on the other hand, I was always really good at (not to toot my own horn but I was one of the few in the class who constantly got ‘Excellences’ which is the equivalent to an A+ on all the tests and assignments, whether they be oral or written). I absolutely loved German and maybe part of the reason why was because I had found something that I was good at, but it was also because I just loved the language and I understood it so much more than French or any other language I’ve tried.
Even though I wasn’t able to carry on with German because I didn’t have enough room left on my timetable, I remembered every single thing that I had learned for the next eight or nine years. I don’t know why but all of it stuck with me after all that time, although I only ever knew pretty basic things in German.
In the last year I’ve gone back to it because quite frankly I miss it. It turns out that it’s like riding a bike because I’ve picked up with everything I learnt before and it’s been pretty easy to carry on from there, and I’m learning how to say so much more than I ever thought I would be able to.
But my interest and love for Germany goes way beyond that. I definitely have plans to visit next year (Cologne and Dresden are near the top of my list, even though they’re on opposite ends of the country) and I’ve even considered moving there. Even though I’ve lived in New Zealand my whole life and never anywhere else, sometimes I just feel like I don’t really belong here and that there isn’t much for me besides family and friends. I feel that I’m somewhat at a disadvantage in different ways simply because New Zealand is pretty geographically isolated and it really kills me sometimes.
I love travelling so much and most of the time I’m in such a state of wanderlust that all I want to do is explore new places and be somewhere else for a change. This might sound weird but sometimes I actually feel like a part of me is German or that I was German in my past life because that could explain the connection, love and passion that I have with the language and the country itself.
There’s so many amazing places I want to go in Germany and so much I want to see. I’m so jealous of everyone living in Germany right now and it makes me even more determined to get there myself one day so I can be a part of it, too. I keep thinking about how lucky they are that they’re so close to other countries in Europe and how easy it is for them to get the train across the border to somewhere else equally as amazing, like Paris, Vienna and Prague, just to name a few.
I hope they know how lucky they are to be able to do that, and probably quite cheaply too. As you can imagine, because it’s such a long way to fly from New Zealand to anywhere in Europe, the airfares can be pretty expensive and that can take off a lot of your budget so it’s a huge factor to consider when travelling from here.
Even inside of Germany itself they have so many easy and convenient options to see different parts of their amazing country in all different directions. It’s such a large country that naturally there’s so many places to see, explore and love. It really highlights what a disadvantage it is to live in a really small country with a population of only 4 million people.
Germany is 11,404 miles away from me and it would take me 30 hours to fly there from here, but despite all this I feel so close with it. I can only imagine how much more close and connected I would feel with it once I’m actually there, standing in the beautiful and historical streets of Cologne, Dresden, Berlin and Munich. I’ll never stop dreaming about going to those places and seeing it for myself.
♥ Deutschland, Ich liebe dich ♥
Lucy Rebecca x