A Firm Handshake

You know, you guys, it’s time I say a little thank you. I have been on the receiving end, recently, of some truly lovely emails, Facebook messages, tweets and comments. I read all of them. I try and respond to all of them (if it takes me some time, it’s probably because I am busy eating some sort of wintry treat, or hibernating in general). And it’s not so much that you write to me and get in touch, it’s what you write. You guys get involved, share your own observations, pictures of your home towns. You ask me if I have noticed this or that. You’re funny and interested and, because most of you who write to me are German, you pull me even further into the fold. I feel even more welcomed in this country.

The Local – Germany’s News in English, published a list of ten of the best English blogs on Germany, today. I’m perched up there at number 6. And that’s why I figured it was high time to thank you all for reading me, for writing to me, for telling me your own experiences and observations, for thanking me for my own completely unsolicited ones (you are so welcome.)

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Many of you express surprise that of 151 things I have learnt about Germans thus far, so many of those are positive. Of course they are (although today I raged for a good minute on the failings of the German postal service). My relationship with this country is positive, thus my writing reflects that (largely … unless I am complaining at length about the atrocious weather – seriously, do a search for ‘weather’ in the search bar, you’ll have hours of reading material at your fingertips – or small town life that isn’t quite sitting right with me).  And it’s positive because, really, most people in this country have given me a firm handshake and ushered me into their Wohnzimmer for Kaffee und Kuchen and made me feel quite at home. Or sent me a lovely long email about growing up German, or living elsewhere as a German. Most people have connected with me as a foreigner living in Germany, both on and offline. And that’s why of all the things I know about Germans and Germany, 99% of it is pretty bloody good.

9 thoughts on “A Firm Handshake

  1. A well deserved ‘perchment’ 😉 You do embrace Germland with all its Germs. Will have to take a gander at the full list.

  2. Nb: for any German comment readers, I made up the word ‘perchment’! Just happened to like Liv’s use of perched, which was totally correct, obviously.

    1. I suddenly felt quite overwhelmed, in the best possible way, by people’s positivity towards me. Had to acknowledge it! And here’s to a positive 2014.

  3. As a German woman who has lived away from the home country longer than in it, i thoroughly enjoy all your writings. So refreshing and so true. Because i have lived in New Zealand for many years, currently in the UAE, I feel even more for you. I know how it is to have two home countries, to compare ( or try not to), and to find/keep your place in both.
    Keep writing, learning and enjoying the German way of life.

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely words. You must miss parts of the Kiwi lifestyle, and the greenness and nature, now living in the UAE. It is hard not to compare, but to find space enough for both homes to coexist – that’s the aim.

  4. It is a great fortune to have found you & your site, which was quite by accident on an evening chatting with people from around the world on a voice-chat.
    We had a blast reading the WIKAG page (which was in the 130s by then I believe) and after that I decided to look more closely and found very interesting articles about your adventures in Europe in general.
    I still feel honored that you allowed me on your list of Twitter-followers, and I thoroughly enjoyed your book. The illustrations are really cute :3
    I’m looking forward for more of your writings, I really enjoyed reading them so far.

    1. Great fortune indeed. I love getting your comments and tweets and knowing that you’re enjoying the blog. Thank you so much for your ongoing support.

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