An Expat Talks about Living in
What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.
I work for VW in Wolfsburg. I dreamed of meeting a lot of colleagues and friends, travelling around Germany and in Europe, enjoying the cafes, restaurants, bars, and clubs.
How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?
Sort of... I have been trying to do my best travelling around, but two things have been a small impediment: I don't have a lot of friends here and am single, so I'm less inclined to travel alone (but I have done it on a number of occasions... beats staying at home). Second is that usual daily life can 'get in the way,' meaning there is a ton of stuff I need to do to prepare my apartment, such as appliance and furniture shopping... all the usual chores associated with a move. Since stores are closed on Sundays in Germany, this process can be more time-consuming than I imagined.
Living in Germany
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