MY STORY OF LIFE AS AN EXPAT IN A NUTSHELL
Now that the cat is out of the bag, I would like to offer you a deeper look into why I left the United States and reveal where I first ended up before moving back to Germany. But instead of writing you a novel, I would like to switch things up this time and present my story in a nutshell to you in the form of audio.
A few months ago, while I was already living in Europe but not in Germany yet, one of my dear friends, who has visited me twice while living in the States, asked me if I would like to be a guest on his podcast and talk about my experience as an expat. I loved the idea and agreed to record an episode together with him.
While I usually don’t like being in the spotlight, I really enjoyed sitting behind the microphone with my friend in his kitchen studio in Dusseldorf to reminisce about my journey as an immigrant. Sitting with our backs to Las Vegas wallpaper (my friend is a HUGE Las Vegas fan), we chatted away for about an hour and covered my American story from the beginning till the end.
We covered my time as an au pair in Walnut Creek, followed by my time as a student in Huntington Beach, then moving on to leaving the states, and closing with where I can see myself moving to in the future. It felt so good to talk about everything, as it was kind of therapeutic. I reaffirmed to myself that I had made the right decision by moving back to Europe and leaving my American Dream behind.
What I didn’t know at the time of the recording was that I still had another life change ahead of myself. But more on that next time. As of now, if you would like to catch a glimpse into our conversation or listen to the whole episode, I will go ahead and provide you the link to it.
The episode is only available in German, but I still hope you are going to like it. It is a fun and casual talk with lots of laughter, which shines light on both the good and the bad experiences I made living in California.
But now, without further ado, have fun and enjoy my episode California Gurl(s) with Absolut Ginlos here.
Images: ©Absolut Ginlos
Anne-Kathrin Schulte is a contributor for CaliforniaGermans.com. She writes about her personal experience of the American Dream as well as about working as an au pair in CA. She was born and grew up in Düsseldorf, Germany, where she completed her degree as a state-approved Kindergarten teacher.
After her au pair engagement in the US and a quick return to Germany, she decided to attend university in California and moved back to the United States. She lived in Southern California from 2011 till November 2018.
Anne-Kathrin recently moved back to Germany to pursue her career and be closer to childhood friends and family. But even though she doesn’t reside in sunny California anymore, she continues to live according to the motto: You can take the girl away from the beach, but you can’t take the beach away from the girl.
If you would like to contact Anne-Kathrin, please send an email to californiagermans(at)gmail.com and place her name in the subject line.