We wake on our second day, rested and ready to face this new world of ours.
First, we head to town to meet our landlord and get the keys to our flat. We unload our car and start to make lists. Lists of furniture we need right now, a list of things that might be nice to get in the future, a food shop list.
Next up, a trip to Ikea. We have enough cash to buy some basic furniture, the essentials to get us going. We play Tetris trying to fit everything in the back of our car, head back to the flat to drop it all off and then go to our new friend’s house for beers.
We are spending one more night in the hotel before Zac starts his new job tomorrow.
Day 3 and unfortunately we are up at 5 am as Zac has to drive me to the flat before heading to his new workplace.
My first stop this morning is the bakery. Despite making the list, we have not physically got the food yet. A pretzel and coffee for breakfast, to get me in the German spirit. Then I head back to the flat to start building Ikea furniture. Lunchtime comes and I realise once again, we still have no food. So, I take myself to the supermarket 200 yards down the road and buy lunch plus the essentials.
The next morning, after Zac has left for work, I take a walk around our new town, to learn the landmarks and the streets. Another coffee, another pretzel – it’s just part of the culture, right? I’m trying to fit in!
When Zac gets home, we head to our town hall to register our residency here. I have read a lot online about how difficult it is to register for residency in Germany and how hot they are on paperwork, so I get nervous and take every ID document I’ve ever received with me.
It is not difficult. They ask for our passports, we sign some papers, we get given a welcome pack for the town and region and then we are sent on our way.
Day 5 and sadly, I now have to leave Zac for a little over a month. I still have to work my notice at work, and I have to say goodbye to my friends and family. I head to Munich airport by train, quickly find my gate and the nearest bar to it.
This will be the longest time Zac and I have ever spent apart from each other, I think to myself as I sip on my beer. God, I hope this is all worth it…