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Once we settled in Berlin, we have no regrets whatsoever. It has been all we could hope for in living in Germany. The culture, the history and of course, cosmopolitan Berlin. We love our place in the city and are happy we made this move. Berlin is no longer divided and I still see the Berlin from my younger days.
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Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.
Having been stationed in Berlin in 1973 - 75, I loved being in Berlin. I always longed to return. 37 years later I got that chance by landing a job in Berlin. My wife and daughter had never lived outside the US and I had to consider this and their point of view. We were excited and anxious about the move. We researched everything we could and spoke with people we know that had lived overseas. We knew it would be a big transition but once we decided to make the leap, we were ready to say goodbye and make the move. We sold our household and belongings and within 6 weeks, we were in Berlin.
How has your expat experience met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?
Once we settled in Berlin, we have no regrets whatsoever. It has been all we could hope for in living in Germany. The culture, the history and of course, cosmopolitan Berlin. We love our place in the city and are happy we made this move. Berlin is no longer divided and I still see the Berlin from my younger days. We feel safe, we enjoy the many cultures and influences from around the world. We travel throughout Europe easily.
How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?
I cannot say anything negative about the experience of living in Berlin. It is all we hoped for and more.
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