Archive for the ‘Leaving Germany’ Category

It has been a while …

Sonntag, Juni 21st, 2015

Indeed it has been a while since I had been in Germany for work reasons. Last year autumn was the last time I saw my colleagues in the office where I started working in 2007 after graduating from university.


Three and a half years later I left Germany and moved to Beijing. Another three years and it was time for a change again: I moved further east to start working and living in Seoul.

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Time to go home

Samstag, Oktober 11th, 2014

Time flies and my business trip to Germany is finished. Seven days ago I had been sitting at almost the same location at Frankfurt airport waiting for my connecting flight. This time this means waiting for the flight to Seoul.


It is hard to believe that seven days have passed by because for me it feels as if I arrived yesterday. The first two days of the week were filled with meetings and discussions with colleagues. The other three days I was on a training. There I ran into a colleague which I had met once more than one year ago as I was working in Beijing. Both of us were happy to see each other again and talk about what has happened in the meantime.


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One week later

Samstag, März 15th, 2014

The first week in Korea is over and it is time for a short summary: The apartment I had chosen was not bad and the location perfect. Each morning and evening I was taking a short walk of ten to fifteen minutes. This helped me to get a clear mind before and after work. Across the building I live in is a small coffee serving a nice brew I went to a couple of times already.


Besides the area around my new home was pretty quiet and dominated by office buildings, small connivence stores and a few restaurants. One evening I took a walk of half an hour to find out where the surrounding roads lead to. (mehr …)

Goodbye and hello

Freitag, Januar 17th, 2014

A week full of impressions, discoveries and new experiences is coming to an end. Seoul has been treating me very well during the past five days.


What happened during my stay here? I was introduced to new places like Insa-dong, Itaewon and Namsan Park. I had heard of the places before or read about them in a magazine, but a hands on experience is much different. Most of all the small streets and old houses in Insa-dong showed me an entirely new side of the modern and bustling capital of South Korea.

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A new challenge has started

Sonntag, Januar 12th, 2014

You might have guessed from one of the last blog posts that there is something going on that leads to a bigger change for me.


Indeed, there is. From March 1st I will be starting my new assignment in another country. I am neither going back to Germany nor heading somewhere on the western hemisphere. On the contrary, I will move a little bit more eastern to the city of Seoul.


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Seoul – I am back

Sonntag, November 10th, 2013

The second half or maybe I should better say the last third of 2013 is getting busy with traveling. Each of the last four months of the year brought or will bring a couple of days staying the the capital of South Korea.

Since our department became the headquarter for all activities in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea some of us have to travel to one of these countries from time to time to support the local staff there. One of them is me.


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Not decided yet

Dienstag, März 12th, 2013

There are several bi-weekly or monthly magazines informing readers about new restaurants, cultural events, travelling and living in China. Their target group is expats coming to Beijing and make them discover the city more than just staying in their usual environment.

The main topic of the current issue of one of them is expats leaving China. After flipping through it briefly to get an overview about the content, my mind got stuck with the question what will happen with me.

Without extending my contract I would be back in Germany right now being back in a cultural and social environment I lived in the most time of my life.

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Why do all good things come to an end?

Samstag, März 17th, 2012

After spending two weeks of vacation in Germany I will be going back home to Beijing tomorrow. Besides meeting friends, seeing my family and most important my niece, I went skiing and gave skiing lessons. It was my first vacation since going to China and I enjoyed every day of it. Now I am very relaxed and recovered from working long hours in the office.

I handed over all the gifts I brought with me: traditional Chinese clothes for some of my friends, Chinese snacks and spices for my family, clothes and toys for my niece and other things.  Some of my friends were very surprised about the gifts, especially my colleagues at the ski school. I had not seen them for a year and all of us were happy to meet after such a long time. We went for traditional regional German food one evening and spend hours of talking together. We had a very good time.

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One week in Germany

Samstag, März 10th, 2012

It has been more or less a week since I am in Germany for vacation. After arriving last Saturday I have done several things and seen several places.


If you asked me whether there have been big changes since I have been here the last time or before I moved to China, my answer would be: no. Besides my hometown I visited the place I lived when I was at university. In both towns several shops closed down and new ones opened.

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Heading towards the second year

Samstag, Februar 4th, 2012

Today is February 4th and it is just two more days to go until I can claim I have been here for one year. Last year, I arrived at the end of the Spring Festival to start working and living in a new environment.

After a few days I already felt that it was the right decision to come to this pulsating city. Sure there have been difficulties and problems but I told myself that this is also a part of this new life over here. I found many new friends, tried new for and got to know a new culture.

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