This is really happening! I've been google earth-ing the island of Norderney for months, checking instagram #Norderney, looking at pictures online... and, finally, I have arrived in Germany!!!
I have been there for 3 days now so, I really feel like writing. I have so much to say!
How did my journey go? Well... not exaclty as planned. At first everything went well, I woke up at 4am and we left half an hour later so, we arrived pretty early at the train station (Gare du Nord). Surprisingly, we were not alone... but I keep that to myself.
Then, the train left around 5:50am but it was slowed down in Belgium so we had a small delay. That was okey tho because, when I looked for my other train in Köln, it wasn't there! I waited for 40 minutes before the train was annonced (40 minutes of anxiousness). A weird german dude tryed to talk to me, he had nail polish on and I couldn't understand a word he said haha. That was my first german interaction lol. I also bought a brezel because, you know, that's a thing here ;) .
Finally, I jumped on the train, it was a weird old looking train and I was all alone in a small cabine for the whole trip... creepy. I got off at Norden but that's when things got a little more tense... it wasn't the right train station. Yeah... my bad, my fault... I made a mistake and booked the wrong ticket, 2 stops too early! It took me half an hour to realize that and another half hour to find another train. I had to step on a train without a ticket because I couldn't buy one on saturdays. I hide for a few minutes in the toilets so, I wouldn't get kicked out of the train XD. What an adventure!
I had traveled for almost 11 hours but I still had to buy ferry tickets and find the right bus to take me to the hotel. That part went actually very well, 20€ for the ferry and another 2€ for the bus. I arrived at 6pm with my huge suitcase and my bagpack.
It was actually very weird because I felt very relaxed when I traveled or before I left home. I didn't feel stressed out or anything (my mom was stressed enough for the two of us haha). All of my friends were afraid of not seeing their families for a long time or about the language barrier but all I was afraid about was a) Is the food going to make me fatter? b) Will I be better in german when I come back to France?
So, there I was, standing in front of the hotel who btw looked just like the pictures (Hotel Haus Waterkant if you wanna check). It was super strange because, I felt like I was in a 3D video game, not in a true reality. That feeling went away when people started to speak to me. That's when you realize how little you know and how much you need to learn. It's also when I started to feel stress rushing into me.
I was welcomed warmly byt the daughter's owner who is the cousin of my mom's friend (she's the one who helped me apply). Anyway, I have my own bedroom with a tiny sink and a tiny bed. The bathroom is next door and I share it with a couple of girls. People here speak mostly german but also romenian. Some know a little bit of french or english but not much. I was put to work right away on sunday from 8am to 4pm. I'm currently working in housekeeping but it won't last. My boss said I will work in housekeeping for a couple of weeks and then, move on to service (waitress) and then, when I can handle a little bit better the language, I will work at the reception. They offer me free food everyday, breakfast, lunch and dinner, free accommodation and a small pay check/cash per month. I can't complain even if the work is shitty. I need to learn german quickly!
Why did I choose to go to Norderney? I could have gone to London or Ireland and enjoy myself for 3 months because I already speak english. So, I would have had a nice time and probably more responsibility at work but, I wanted to challenge myself. I came here to learn german and to push my limits. Here, people don't speak french or english, it's "nur deutsch". I'm embracing the cultur so deeply that, if I don't come back with a good knowledge of german, then, I should just give up learning this crazy language. I think, you have to get out of your confort zone every once in while in order to improve yourself. My experience in the states changed me in everyway and I hope that this short aboard experience will do the same! I'm willing to learn, learn and learn more because, that's how you grow right ;) (metaphorically of course). I advise you all to do the same someday or today because going aboard is the best school you'll ever know and also the hardest.
I think that's enough for this post, I'll make more about life here and I hope you enjoyed my honest but shitty writing.
Bis bald, ich wünsche Ihnen einen schönen Tag!