I’m moving to Germany!

Ludwigshafen – Photo cred: www.zschach.net

Ever since January, I felt like my plans for this fall have been up in the air. I knew I have to move to Europe, but I had no idea when, or where. I love surprises, but sometimes uncertainty can be slightly nerve-racking. The question came down to, Germany or the UK?

I applied for a teaching position in Germany, which was my first choice. I loved Germany when I was there last summer, and it seemed fitting to live there, after studying the language for several years in uni, and having tons of friends in the country (and surrounding countries!).

My back-up plan to move to London didn’t seem too bad either, with my plan to pursue my art and look for gallery work in one of the world’s largest art meccas. The art scene, fashion culture, and exciting nightlife is also a plus!

Luckily, I got my answer Friday morning, when I received an e-mail announcing that I have successfully Β been chosen to teach at a gymnasium (German equivalent of a high school) in Ludwigshafen…


It’s a small town, but it’s just across the river from Mannheim, and about 30 minutes away from Heidelberg! And so, in about three months, I’ll be packing my bags once more to begin the first chapter of my exciting new European life!



  1. May 8, 2012 / 4:29 am

    I just stumbled across your blog now, but I already look forward to reading about your life in Germany! I lived in London for nearly a year, which was AMAZING, and since then I’ve just been itching to get back to Europe too (fellow Canadian here, btw!).Congrats on the job!

    • Michelle
      May 8, 2012 / 3:23 pm

      Thanks! Where in Canada are you from? If you go back to Europe, you can always stop by in Germany for a visit πŸ™‚ Going to check out your blog as well! πŸ™‚

  2. May 8, 2012 / 9:48 am

    Wow! That sounds like a life-changing event! Look forward to reading about the next phase in your life!! All the best!!

    • Michelle
      May 8, 2012 / 3:23 pm

      Thanks Red! It definitley will be!!

  3. May 8, 2012 / 1:36 pm

    I just returned from London and loved it, but I have never been to Germany. I can’t wait to read about your adventures there!

    • Michelle
      May 8, 2012 / 3:26 pm

      London sounds amazing! I’m thinking of going there for a week or so before I arrive in Germany. And thanks! Going to check out your adventures as well πŸ™‚

  4. Phil
    May 8, 2012 / 2:17 pm

    Oh wow, you actually did it, congratulations! πŸ˜€ While I’d recommend Hamburg or DΓΌsseldorf over Ludwigshafen, you will sure have fun there too! All the best too you!!

    Maybe we’ll see at the end of August. πŸ˜‰

    • Michelle
      May 8, 2012 / 3:29 pm

      Haha, well they choose which location I’ll be teaching at…because I’ve never heard of Ludwigshafen before I got my offer letter! But I’m sure it will be great, and I’ve always wanted to go to Heidelberg!

  5. Marc
    May 9, 2012 / 5:40 am

    Congratulations Michelle! πŸ˜€

  6. May 9, 2012 / 2:13 pm

    That’s so exciting! I did my minor in German Studies in university and considered doing the teaching exchange program they run, so I’m pumped for you!!! πŸ˜€ I’m sure you’ll have an amazing time! I’ve been near the area you’re going to and it is beautiful!

    • Michelle
      May 10, 2012 / 4:46 am

      Thanks!! Im really happy that my uni has SOO many opportunities for traveling and working abroad after graduation! I can’t wait to go! πŸ˜€

  7. May 10, 2012 / 2:15 pm

    It sound amazing!!! good luck for you new life in Germany!! Look forward to your posts!!

    • Michelle
      May 14, 2012 / 3:12 pm

      thanks Robert! πŸ™‚

  8. Tania
    May 12, 2012 / 6:34 am

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! I remember you mentioned it when I had emailed you and told you about how I’m moving to Spain.. Very exciting! πŸ™‚

    • Michelle
      May 14, 2012 / 3:11 pm

      Thanks Tania!! Yes, I do remember that! When are you moving to Spain? πŸ™‚

  9. May 12, 2012 / 1:55 pm

    Congratulations! Sounds like an amazing experience πŸ™‚

    • Michelle
      May 14, 2012 / 3:13 pm

      thanks Ali! πŸ™‚

  10. Charlotte
    May 16, 2012 / 9:55 am

    Hi! Just stumbled across your blog while doing research for my job (I work for the Goethe-Institut in Prague, and I needed some “fun facts about Germany” for a publicity campaign to motivate kids to learn German – hope it’s okay if I “steal” some of yours)

    Randomly saw this post and thought that the world is a small place! May I ask which gymnasium in Ludwigshafen you will go too? Because I went to school in Ludwigshafen and graduated from Theodor Heuss in 2006!

    • Michelle
      May 17, 2012 / 3:31 am

      Hey Charlotte!

      Yes feel free to use any of the facts! And it is a small world! πŸ™‚ I’ll be teaching at Heinrich-BΓΆll. Are you are familiar with that one?

      • Charlotte
        May 17, 2012 / 7:16 am

        I’ve heard the name, but that’s about it. Anyway, enjoy your stay in Ludwigshafen- if you have any questions about the city, life in Germany… feel free to ask! (can you see my E-Mail-address when I leave a comment?)

        • Michelle
          May 18, 2012 / 2:34 am

          Yes I do! And thanks! I’ll def have lots of questions about the city once I’m there πŸ™‚

  11. May 28, 2012 / 10:38 am

    Welcome to Germany (soon anyway). Being an expat here is a bit of a challenge, but amazing nonetheless. Mannheim is a pretty decent sized city and has a great rail hub. Definitely get out of town on the weekends an explore the area.

    • Michelle
      May 28, 2012 / 4:23 pm

      Oh I definitely will! Can’t wait! πŸ™‚

  12. Ryan
    May 28, 2012 / 9:54 pm

    Hey Michelle, just came across your blog today and it is great! I’m also a Canadian who loves to travel (I’ve backpacked around Europe for 3 months) I look forward to reading more about you living in Germany, as I will also be in Prague, Czech Republic for exchange as a part of my university program in January.

    • Michelle
      May 29, 2012 / 3:05 am

      Thanks Ryan! Your trip to Czech sounds so exciting…I’ve always wanted to go there! Let me know when you’re in Europe and maybe we’ll cross paths! πŸ™‚

  13. Gode
    June 4, 2012 / 10:43 pm

    Hi, just found your very intressting blog and read that you are moving to ludwigshafen… Here is a tip from a local: don’t ever think about going out all alone at night in ludwigshafen, very dangerous. Try to find a flat or communΓ© in mannheim (especially jungbusch and neckarstadt are very colorful) and you will find friends instantly. But i think my concerns are nonsense as you are a very confident person πŸ™‚ good luck und herzlich willkommen

    • Michelle
      June 5, 2012 / 3:02 am

      Hey! Thanks for your advice! πŸ™‚ I am definitely planning on living in Mannheim instead…it looks a lot more fun, and the commute doesn’t seem very long either! πŸ™‚

  14. shelly
    August 28, 2012 / 11:12 am

    hi i am planing on moving to Germany after Christmas from Ireland cant wait to move and meet new people πŸ˜€ wish you all the best

    • Michelle
      August 29, 2012 / 8:20 pm

      thanks! πŸ™‚ where in germany are you moving to?

  15. Johannes
    September 17, 2012 / 10:14 am

    Welcome to Germany! Just found your blog and I applaud your decision to move here! I live in a small town 70 km north of Mannheim called Bad Kreuznach (there is nothing “bad” about it, it is our system to denote that it is a spa town). I hope you find friends and have lots of fun while staying here.


    • Michelle
      September 19, 2012 / 8:34 pm

      Thanks!! πŸ™‚ Yea I’ve noticed that lots of small German towns seem to be called “Bad” something, haha.

  16. May 3, 2013 / 5:55 am

    Came across your page via a link from Facebook . Really cannot help envying you, since it was my long standing dream, to someday go and settle in Germany, and get to know the Germans firsthand ! I really do like their spirit and their mentality !!!
    All the best to you and your stay in Germany !

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