Living on an island: what does it change?
Well first of all you are on an island so you pay ;island prices‘, it’s not cheap living here but coming from Sydney and New York I am used to overpaying for certain things. The one massive difference is that you have to learn to be patient- everything takes much much longer and people have a different mentality towards working and making money. Most people here work to live and not live to work which I like. Island life also means to be a bit more isolated at times although I never really feel like that because my work takes me away almost weekly. But it certainly can feel like that for my husband sometimes he gets the ‘island feeling’ where he just needs to get off the island for a couple days and come back more recharged. We definitely live in a ‘bliss bubble’ up here-of course there are negative things happening but I feel pretty safe in general.
What do you miss most about your city / country of origin?
I miss certain rituals that I grew up with.. for example having cake and coffee at 4 pm on sundays with grandparents and family or going to the bakery on the weekend for freshly baked read rolls. I absolutely love German bread. I could literally eat it all day long with a slab of butter or avocado. I also miss the German straight forwardness and punctuality sometimes. It can be quiet funny how matter of fact we take things. It can drive my husband crazy. Hahahahah. I am not sure if I ever move back to Germany although sometimes I want to show my children a little bit more of the culture I grew up in so I could maybe see ourselves going back for a couple of years. But I am not sure... my husband loves the sun!