2011 is almost coming to an end and what an adventurous and exciting year this has been. Even in the wildest of my dreams never thought I will be living in Europe let alone visit it. Back in February, when M was trying his best to get out of his then current job, he applied for jobs everywhere mainly in India. Suddenly out of the blue, a recruiter from Germany contacted him and we laughed and mulled over how it would be if something like that worked out! He also had plenty of other opportunities lined up, with Auto Industry picking it seemed like suddenly everyone was interested in hiring experienced Engineers.
After a series of phone interviews and in person interviews with several companies(US, Canada, Sweden, Germany) during which he practically drove me nuts by playing Devil’s advocate in deciding which would be the best pick, finally around first week of May we decided on Germany.
Started to get slowly in the relocation mood, threw away so much junk that we had collected in the last 10 years, still have enough to let 50 people lead life comfortably, he left US in July end towards greener (colder)pastures. Managing a toddler with a move out of the country if someone had told me that I will be doing an year ago, I would have laughed my head off. It wasn’t that bad considering the no. of trips within US and get togethers, but I really wanted to get my head checked the day I agreed that I will manage it on my own!
He was such a trooper taking all the changes without much complaint ofcourse mom was a different story. We landed in Munich on beautiful sunny day in August, much to my surprise it was bloooody hot! Living in San Diego, we have gotten used to cool summers and warm winters which means the temperature practically stays within 50-70 range.
So began the adventure of house hunting which was soon turning out to be a nightmare, paying a real estate agent 2.38 times your rent just to send an application through them was just ridiculous and I yelled and screamed saying this is utter nonsense. Finally ate humble pie and paid through nose and got ourselves a nice large apartment. Day care was another adventure as well, finally things started to fall in place and got T admitted to a nearby place.
Germany is a wonderful country, good blend of East and West. Cars, Roads as you can imagine at their best. Houses are built in cement and brick and made me feel very much at home when I discovered a plumbing problem in the kitchen. Like I said it is a perfect mix of US and India and we are very glad that with our choice so far. Ofcourse one often wonders the wisdom of leaving a comfortable job where you don’t worry about having to prove yourself all over again and getting your much needed time for self. I do not want to get all misty eyed remembering the comfortable life, but embracing a new life like this waking up early(relatively speaking), getting kid to day care within time (which never happened in US), catching bus on the right time(Have I mentioned the German Precision), getting back, preparing lunch, going back to get T from day care, feeding, changing, playing, giving a bath, getting him to nap, get 2-3 hours time in a day to do laundry, cleanup the mess, read or catch up news on internet, wake him again, play, feed, start getting dinner ready, getting him to bed. Did I tell you that the husband comes late every day almost J (lucky guy). No one said SAHM was easy and I for one can vouch for that! But I love the time that I have gotten to spend with T (much to his surprise), even though he probably gets yelled at a lot as well. So here I am mid way between leaving a comfortable albeit slightly boring life and heading towards an exciting, adventurous and a really tiring one.