Coming Home


Picture above: In Lecco, Italy with my friend Angela and her husband, Alessandro.

I realize it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on this blog. It’s not that I haven’t been out and about, seeing different sights and having fun: in fact I have and I will be sharing those experiences with you soon.

I recently made the decision to come back home to Canada in December. I really like it here in Germany; it’s a fantastic country and I am so grateful to have re-connected with my relatives in Verden. Unfortunately, the job situation didn’t work out like I had hoped it would. In the meeting with the employer of the Berlitz centre in Rosenheim two days after I arrived there, he told me that many prospective teachers have had their resident and work permit application rejected. When I asked the reason why, he didn’t give me the answer I was looking for. “Oh, for personal reasons,” he said in a slight aloof manner.

Then, he told me that Berlitz in Rosenheim has a customer base that spans 200 km from Rosenheim. In order to get more lessons, I would have to drive a certain distance, which could take more than an hour to reach by car, in order to teach. For a lesson in such a location, I would get paid 18 euros per 45 minutes. Before I came to Germany, I was under the impression that I would be teaching English within the city of Rosenheim and perhaps in few of the villages close to the Rosenheim district. I also thought that such villages could easily be reached by bus or train. I wasn’t told any of this before coming here!

Needless to say, as time went on, my Uncle in Verden discovered this employer was not co-operating with the Immigrations Authority in Rosenheim, so for that reason, my application for a resident and work permit was denied. Though, the immigrations authority encouraged me to keep learning my German so that I may find work elsewhere here. Honestly, I did not regret the fact that it didn’t work out; the job turned out to be quite crappy and I most likely wouldn’t have been happy working there anyway.

I had considered looking for work elsewhere, but since I’m here only on my Passport, my German skills still limited and my desire to teach, fading rapidly (my interests have shifted over the past year), I have decided it’s best for me to come home and start over in a new career. Besides, I didn’t want to spend every waking moment of my time here seeking work which I may not have obtained while I could be meeting new people, absorbing the German culture and having fun.

Since I have only till mid-December to stay in Germany, I have decided to move out of the room in Prien I have secured for three months, travel throughout Germany, visit a couple of cities and also my relatives before I return home. I am actually very much looking forward to visiting different parts of Germany. I believe it will motivate, inspire and reinvigorate me in ways I cannot yet imagine. For those reasons, I can’t wait to get started!

It’s not the end, it’s only the beginning.




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