Liv Hambrett

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On Writing Therapy & Living Abroad

Moving abroad can be a tricky, wonderful, scary, difficult thing. When I packed a bag in July 2010 and hopped on a plane for an adventure of a more permanent sort, I had absolutely no idea what I was in for. I had, perhaps, a fraction of an idea of what I was in for. Living in Germany with a dear friend with Europe on my doorstep, hurrah! Yes! Jawohl! But all of the ins and outs – the insurance, the registering, the visa renewal and restrictions, the renting rules and regulations, the TEFL industry, I was blissfully ignorant of. And as for the sheer emotional roller coaster you merrily board and strap yourself into, well I had absolutely no idea about that either. Previous travels had had end-dates, return tickets, known time frames. This one was indefinite. This one was moving somewhere and staying there, not hopping from hotel to hostel. This one had a whole new emotional framework with which to acquaint myself. And just as I had, just as I was starting to feel a little restless once more, ready for something new,  I was shuttled into Weiden. And soon, things will change again – and I will write about in time – as life does what it does best and just cracks on and we do what we do best and go with it, seeing where it takes us and doing with that the best we can.

Writing has been the best therapy, writing and wine with new friends and old. I thought I would collate, and publish also as a page (see the top menu) the key pieces that came out of confusion, homesickness, frustration, fear but also the satisfaction and excitement that has been like no other.

Boil the kettle and let’s begin.



Why My Possession Define Me


The Thing About Homesickness


I’ve Been to Cities that Never Close Down

It’s Not You, It’s Me

Break on Through

Through The Looking Glass


Plans vs Choices – A Meditation

SG’s parents are here for the weekend, so shall be back on Sunday with, hopefully, plenty of photos and reports of a little day trip we’re planning on taking (a rather sobering, historical one).

Bis dann!

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  1. Megan

    1 June, 2012 at 7:45 am

    enjoy your weekend! i totally agree writing is the best therapy too 🙂

  2. grimdreamer

    1 June, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I’d like to move to Germany. There is something about the place that agrees with me on a fundamental level. Then again, I haven’t lived in a foreign country where its first language isn’t English for more than a decade. I spent sometime in Japan as an exchange student and that was extremely hard! But now, back in the cushy world of English, it does make me reluctant to take another plunge in that same slogging challenge – respect for you!!

    1. Liv

      3 June, 2012 at 6:30 am

      It is a beautiful country and it really does offer a good standard of living. That being said, I get the language thing, I do miss living in a country that speaks my native tongue. I wasn’t fussed a couple of years ago when I moved here, I wanted to go somewhere where English wasn’t the language, but now I would quite like to try the UK or the states. Switch off for a bit!

  3. dianasschwenk

    1 June, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I’m excited for you – happy writing!

  4. hunting for bliss

    2 June, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I want that turquoise typewriter!!!

  5. Daisy

    3 June, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I’m such a geek and I love reading back through blogs, the parts before I started reading regularly. Being someone who has moved abroad myself, I’m going to enjoy having a read of the past entries you’ve posted!


    1. Liv

      3 June, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Marvellous, cannot wait to hear your thoughts.

  6. Erinina

    4 June, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Such a great photo! Also love reading your stories. Just think how much more calm in the storm and happy no matter what life throws at you, you’ll be after all these wonderful adventures!

    1. Liv

      4 June, 2012 at 5:46 am

      Haha, this is true. My aim is to be one of those wonderful people who just rolls with everything with a wave of the hand and a sip of the tea.

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