http://www.one.org Dixie Peach: Welcome ex-pats!

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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Welcome ex-pats!

Belinda over at born lippy has found my blog and has kindly introduced it to her other ex-pat blogging buddies. What a nice thing to do!

I'd told Belinda that I don't have an ex-pat friends in Germany but that's not completely accurate. I do have one American friend in Germany living in Thüringen - she tutored me in German years ago when she was working in Magdeburg. She married a German man and now she's working part time as a teacher and has two sons. Unfortunately I only get to see her once a year or so when she's up this way visiting her in-laws. With the exception of her, I don't know any non-Germans...with the exception of a few Turks and Russians but they've all lived here nearly their whole lives.

I know there are some Americans living in Magdeburg - I mean there's got to be because the idea of it just being me alone is ridiculous. Still, I never seem to run into any. English people either.

Still once in a great while I will hear English being spoken by a native speaker. A few years ago I happened to be in the mall. It was around Easter and the mall was teeming with people. As I wove my way through the masses I suddenly heard a man's voice in passing saying "Where is she?" and a woman replying "I think she's over there. Can you see her?".

Americans! Or Canadians - it's hard to tell with just a few words being spoken. Either way, I was hearing English from a native speaker.

I immediately turned around to see if I could see who was speaking. I am normally reticent to approach complete strangers for virtually any reason but these were native English speakers! By God, that practically makes you family!

I scurried around listening for any signs of English but I couldn't hear anything further. Evidently they got away and I didn't even have so much as a chance to ask them about why they'd happen to be in Magdeburg. There would have to be some reason - Magdeburg doesn't really stand out as a lure for American tourists.

So any of you ex-pats who are coming here for the first time, welcome! I hope you enjoy your reads here and hope you'll come back often. I'm looking forward to knowing others who live the ex-patriate life.

Oh - and get your hips on over to my Frappr map and stick in a pin. Bitte.

3Comments:

Blogger christina said...

Hey Dixie! I tried to comment yesterday but Blogger wouldn't let me. It's so nice to have another 'expat in Germany' blog to add to my collection. I'm enjoying reading about your adventures.

5:10 PM  
Blogger James said...

I am currently living in California, but I will be moving to Germany (Duesseldorf) in exactly 25 days. I am already packed--did so over the weekend and I am so sore. :) I am originally from Miami, FL and lived most of my life in Raleigh, NC. My grandparents are from MS. Any tips for me about moving to Germany? Check out my blog sometime, too. I am adding you to my blog roll...James

6:25 PM  
Blogger Dixie said...

James, my next blog entry is dedicated to you!

9:28 PM  

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