Brussels welcomed me with cool expat network. The business of the city was compensated by professionality at work and the EU network. It felt like at home to be surrounded by people which knew where my home city Bratislava was. Cool events back then as the Geek Girls has been on my agenda. But I was not feeling well in the city. I missed a nice huge place where I could recharge after a week full of work. Parks in the cities are little and loud, forests around Brussels are noisy with nearby highways. On one rainy cold winter day, I discovered a new beach near De Haan. As an adventure geek – I could sense it. The little wooden board covered in the sand revealed itself. Psst, this is the place to be. This is your place. VIP beach club. That was the sign. I turned around, nothing was to see, no club at the beach, only the surf house. The wind formed little dunes at the beach – it was so cold that we crossed the huge dune back quite fast to get out of the wind. But I promised myself to discover this place in spring. And then in spring, I came back. The little wooden sign VIP Surf Club – was not covered in the sand anymore. Around the sign was a lovely busy chill out the tribe. I arrived home. This place reminded me on my old home in Germany.
So I find my tribe, love and family.
But one day, exactly one year ago – Germany called me back. A place where I have been living since I was 18 years old. Germany treated me always with big respect and fairness. My IT career from 1999 was crawling up the timeline of the internet success all years through. It was an amazing, cool and progressive time. Germany made a call in summer 2017. I started to work for a well known IT company, which I knew already for 20 years. We know each other in the IT sector in Germany. From Adobe MAX conferences or IT Bootcamps. Life is fun when you are motivated in Germany. I packed my 2 little children, a bit stuff and my hubby brought us in little van to Munich. Within a week, an au pair came from China, a 2 kindergarten place has been found in a Pickler / Montesorri Kindergarden. But not all has been gold. Yes, the grass is greener in Munich, the city is the most coolest on earth, my office and bosses has been a dream. I knew it will all be very difficult as Munich is a hard place to settle down as a newcomer. Not that you are not welcomed, there is just not enough living spaces. And my husband was still in Belgium working as an advocate. To run 2 homes without the benefits of expat status – not possible. We tried to run 2 households and could not hold it anymore. Munich is the most desired city in Germany but the real estate market is broken. I had a working contract in my hand in summer 2017 and found over the expansive apartment to live in only in Dez 2017. The storm started to gain speed.
Abruptly, like a sailor of a yacht on a stormy sea, together with my husband we made the decision to navigate the van back to the home harbour of Belgium. Sometimes, you need to make these decisions, when you notice – the direction which you picked up is wrong and all the signs of your destinations just showed you an error.
Then, exactly a year ago – I came back to Belgium a second time and I left Germany second time.
With this practice – I found a way to deal with it. Then you could think I am not grounded. Yes, the question, where is my home has been all the time returning while I lived in Belgium. As life in Belgium is not such a warm cocoon for me as life in Slovakia or South of Germany. The climate is not really my home. I miss the bohemian lifestyle of Slovakia and progressivity of Germany.
With this practice, sailing back the harbour, I experienced already a lot of times the borderless feeling of Eu. There are no borders for me in Europe. Brussels is 1-hour train drive from London, Köln or Lille. We crossed these middle EU countries so many times already – that it became to me one huge EU country connected by train rails.
It is a pure practice the feeling you can develop – to feel so confident as a European citizen:
Go on trips to EU countries, discover the beauty of your neighbouring EU countries.. you will find in every EU country similarity and little regional differences. Europe is a country of Regions.
Europe is our home.
And what about all the cool dream jobs out there?
Well, more and more companies offer remote working possibilities.
The job travelling will be part of the past. The world will be more local, remote and connected.