We just did what some would consider the unthinkable! We moved to another country! I have to admit, it is a bit scary. The unknowns can give one butterflies in the stomach. A new language, a new culture, a new climate...Yes, it's all new, but then again is it?
As many of you know, David and I have been living in Germany for the last 14 years. It was a home to neither of us. And it did have many challenges. For David, home was Malaysia. But the move was slightly easier to adjust to due to his mother being Germany, so he had knowledge of the language and an idea of the culture. But for me, an Arizona girl, Germany was completely and totally foreign. The language, weather, culture, and lifestyle was not anything close to what I knew life to be. And somehow, despite the years spent there, German life for me was never something I could get accustomed to. I never really fit in or even felt at peace.
Our time in Germany however, grew us in ways unimaginable! Aside from learning to live in a new culture and learning to speak a new language, we learned what it felt like to be alone. In turn we learned to rely completely and fully on one another and to love deeply as a family. And when we did fly back home, whether that was to Malaysia or to America, we experienced a deep appreciation of being with our extended families as though we had been wandering through the desert and finally came across water! But it also ingnited our love for travel. Anything that took us out of cold, rainy Germany was music to our ears! But most importantly of all, we met God again in a new and exciting way. He showed himself to both David and I that set our souls on fire and kindled a new way of living!
We set our sites on Mallorca, Spain two years ago when we visited the island and fell in love with it right away! The pull that we felt was hard to explain, so we just wrote it off to the Spanish flair, beaches and great weather. But the allure remained within us and grew each time we returned for a visit. We found ourselves imagining life on an island that reminded us both of home! The sun, the palm trees, the bougainvilleas, the cactus, the houses, the beach, the food, the lifestyle, the people, all possessed components of life we knew in Malaysia and Arizona! But the crazy thing is, as much as it's like home to both of us, it also has elements of Germany! A big reason for that is because Mallorca is a main vacation destination for Germans. Therefore, there are supermarkets, drugstores and restaurants that we are also accustomed to!
So, early this year, we began to plan and scheme for what our hearts desired, Mallorca! We had already been downsizing for quite some time, but our new decision ampted things up even more. Finding an apartment or house to rent was no easy task due to the throngs of summer vacationers. However, after several months of search efforts from ourselves and four other people living on the island, an apartment was found in a perfect location providing easy access to the airport for David's work purposes. Not to mention the close vicinity to the beach and shopping. AND the apartment being fully furnished, makes our move from Germany a walk in the park.
With that being said, we sold many of our belongings, packed our car full some precious things and clothes and headed off across Europe! We were looking at 1700+ kilometers or 1100+ miles to reach the ferry we would board to our new haven and new ambition!
This is only part 1 of a 2-part blog. So, be sure NOT to miss out on my next blog for more on our crazy move to another country!
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We're Robin & David, husband & wife, entrepreneurs, explorers & adventurers. We each sprung out of separate parts of the world (Malaysia & Arizona), disembarked together & formed an unbreakable marriage & family out of what once was a complex blend of jumble, whilst living as foreigners in Europe.