How Have You Been Changed?…


It sounded very exciting to hear that we would be leaving the United States and going to live in Europe. For us the closest we had been to a foreign land was Epcot in Florida. Now we have ventured across the pond to Germany. We were full of questions but one we never considered was, How would it change us?

Here are a few things that we will remember before going back to the States;

1) Never again tell someone in the States to only speak English.

I do not know German. I have only learned a few phrases that have gotten me through the day. I feel so much better when the person I am talking to speaks English. I should learn more German but I find it to be a hard language for me to learn.

2) There is a difference between 110 volts and 220 volts.

Plugging an item into the wrong voltage plug can cause you to spend a lot of money on replacing them. Paying attention to the volts is a lesson one learns very quickly. Especially when it is your computer that you plugged in wrong.

3)  Recycling is extremely important.

I have learned the importance of  recycling and how it influences the German economy. Everything is recycled and though it is difficult and frankly, a pain in the neck to do, the rewards for doing it outnumber the pain it takes to do it.

4) Learn your History, remember it and respect it.

To live where history has happened is an amazing and a wonderful gift. Everyone should learn the history of where they live. History good or bad keeps us all connected.

So, what do you think are the most important things you have learned by living somewhere else?






4 Comments on “How Have You Been Changed?…”

  1. INEZ says:

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  2. pofaydc says:

    I enjoyed this article very much, and your comments, Helen. I have a tip to make recycling easier: if you always buy the same brand of a certain product (say, juice) you can more easily remember which bin it goes in. If I switch brands, I always have to read on the container and it confuses the children so I have to go back through it to make sure it’s sorted correctly (another time-waster)

  3. helen cole says:

    also makes you appreciate things alot more being in a different country although germany is a very beautiful country with alot of history and things to see

  4. helen cole says:

    i think the most important is coping with your other half deployed although my hubby only goes for 6 months being in a different country with no family around or friends is pretty difficult but not impossible guess i learned that i can be a stronger person if needed don’t meen you dont have those tearful days and whatnot but it can be done

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