Thursday, March 22, 2012

guest post- Alex (Germany)

Today, Alex from if ands &butts is here to share her au pair experience with all of you.
She has been working in Germany for almost a year, 
and I admit-
if it weren't for her, I would probably still be in the US.
Thanks to her blog,
and amazing experiences, 
I am, at this very moment, in Germany,
copying her life.

You can too,
just head to her blog...

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Well Hallo leute! Ich heiße Alex von ifs ands & butts. Ya, I've been here in Karlsruhe, Germany about 9 months but that's all the German I got, so sue me. Ok, that's not true, but I have some serious struggles learning that crazy German language. 

Wow, already off topic two sentences in. 

Anyway, I'm here to chat a little about life in the land of Deutsch while Bailey makes here big adventure over the entire US and Atlantic Ocean. She so kindly asked me to talk about life in Germany as an au pair since we have that randomly awesome thing in common, so here it goes.

Oh where to begin?

 I guess with my job since that's the whole reason I'm here. I'm the 7th member of a fun-loving German family. There are 4 Kinder, ages 2, 8, 12 and 15 so I've got quite the youthful selection to keep me busy (re: 2 year old) and entertained (re: 15 year old). Usually, life here is pretty normal. The kids go to school and other activities, come home, argue about homework, rather watch TV, etc. Then sometimes, we go on a long bike ride or even better, skiing in Austria. Typically, I "work" until 2 or 3 every afternoon and then I'm free to frolic throughout the streets of beautiful-but-really-more-like-construction-infested-Karlsruhe. Oh yeah, and I have 4 other au pair friends here. One of which has a 2 year old, too, so we have rockin' play dates 3x/week for the kids' our own entertainment.

Seriously hoping these two get married.














Often I sit here and think, am I really in Germany right now? How did I end up here? Well actually, I know how. I graduated from university (because people in Europe will not get that being from the US, college = university), was not ready to look for a job, never got to study abroad, wanted to travel more and next thing ya know, BAM I'm in Germany. And dang glad I am.

Sometimes I do German things, like go to soccer gameseat regional dishes,  travel by trainbrave the frigid conditions (don't worry Bailey, winter's over) or just hang out in the castle gardens. Then there's super special celebrations, like Oktoberfest and Fasching. Other times, the whole crew gets together for an adventure: PortugalFranceStuttgart - Hamburg and Munich coming up next! I'm a lucky girl. My favorite thing about living in Germany is meeting new people all the time that are seriously down for any adventure. Whether it's a night at our favorite bar or booking a cheap flight, everyone always wants in. Such yes men and women! Everyone has been bit by the travel bug and it rules. We all justify the money spent on all this fun by saying it would cost a helluva lot more to come back to Europe and do this.

Bailey, you must get a dirndl (German dress). You're basically set for Halloween for life.

Porto, Portugal

Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) in Pforzheim


Anyway, my Google Friend Connect went in the shitter recently (still looking for solutions, helpers?) but come over and say hi to the bloggy, or connect on FBGoogle+Twitter, whatever floats your boat. I like having friends.

Bailey, I am so excited for you. You are going to have the greatest experience, meet wonderful people, learn countless things and travel to unbelievable places. Can't wait to finally meet you in Germany!

Interested in becoming an au pair, too? You know, joining your favorite people on the Internet (Bailey and myself) here in the bestest European country? My Au Pair FAQ page helped out Bailey figure shiz out, so maybe it can help you out, too.


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Thank you, Alex.
You are awesome,
and definitely made Germany happen for me.
Pin It!

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miki said...

Those kids are really cute! I don't blame you, German is extremely hard! I only know how to say "im hungry" and "i love you" I wouldn't get too far in germany.

Shawnee said...

come check out my blog - there is a surprise for you! :) xx

shawneedreaming.blogspot.com

Ashley Dunaway said...

I love your blog!!! I have found so much inspiration from you and your story. I’ve just started my blog up again (www.thepickledbean.com) and I’m looking to gain some readers myself. My son was just diagnosed with Williams Syndrome and we are sharing our journey and spreading awareness. Will you check it out and follow us in return! Thanks a million. Have no fear you have a new blog stalker. Much Love Ashley Dunaway

Sally said...

Really enjoyed reading your post!! I shall be hopping over to Berlin in a couple of weeks - can not wait!! Thanks for sharing!! x

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