MY STORY (V): German by Nature, Home in SoCal & Traveling as Education
Welcome back to my current website pre-launch series “MY STORY”.
Let’s jump right into today’s topic: Being an expat.
You might know by now that I am originally from Germany and have lived both in the UK and U.S. east coast - currently in San Diego, CA.
Having been born and raised in another country is a blessing and a curse both at the same time.
Because I constantly find myself having a “comparative” perspective. Now, I am not one to constantly say out loud: “Oh, this reminds me of home!” or “I don’t like this, because back in Germany…”.
No. I am not here to straight call out the good and bad, in my opinion. Of course, there are certain things in different places I like and personally agree with more than others.
But, I am not comparing to point out the good or the bad, if this is what I should call it here. After all, I am choosing to live in a place away from home (or rather: my roots). For a reason. I am “comparing” in the sense of noticing differences because of the fact that I am from another country with different cultural habits. Sometimes more, sometimes less. But fact is, that comparing different places and their cultures in my head allows me to get somewhat of a third person perspective. It helps me tolerate, respect, and reflect upon the different customs.
And all too often, this “naturally comparative” perspective enables me to change my personal view on things.
Exploring as Education
This brings me to the next point: The educational component of exploring.
I have been lucky to live in and travel to many parts of this beautiful world, yet there are so many places I have yet to see. I have noticed that the more I travel, the more I learn about myself. Not just that: I learn about the places I go to and even live in. This ties in with what I mentioned before: the ability to change perspectives that comes with comparing different habits, cultures, and places at large.
I consider this a good thing as I believe the greatest, most valuable things are taught while going out and venture around with an open mind - or being open to having your perspective changed, for that matter.
Traveling is educational and if you want it or not, the more you explore, the more you will learn, because things stick with you.
The more I see of this world, the more my desire to explore is growing.
A Base for Future Trips
As I mentioned in a previous post of this series, I have been very restless before. I was always seeking a base for future travels and I finally found it stateside. Now, we don’t know if Southern California will always be our home base or if we end up moving to another city in the U.S. (because our life is constantly in motion and that’s a very good thing in my opinion). Fact is, San Diego is home for now and it’s a wonderful place to plan trips, short getaways or even just go out and venture around, as there is yet so much to discover.
This itchy feet feeling and excitement about going or even moving somewhere will most likely always remain. I just cannot imagine spending life in just one place.
And so I continue to take my notebook and camera with me as I venture around, near or far, deeply enjoying sharing my thoughts. :)