Sunday, October 25, 2015

Goodbye Hamburg

After almost 14 years in Germany. It's time to say goodbye. I came to Germany when I was a young optimistic and naive young adult. I spent almost all my twenties, part of my teenage year and my early thirties here in this land. It become my second Heimat. I love the culture, the language, the directness of life, the cleanliness, the people that become my friends,and of course the food. 

I was a young foreign student in Berlin when I first came to Germany. It was November, extremely cold and grey for a girl who is used to warm and humid tropical weather. I remember it as if it was yesterday. I wore a blue jacket but I still trembled from the cold when my tutor brought us for a short sightseeing tour near Friedrichstra├če U-Oranienburger Tor. Maybe it wasn't only the chill but also my cold homesick heart. I was so sick of all those cheese, bread and cold cuts. My comfort food is a piping hot noodle soup and I was craving for Asian food all the time. I learnt to cook by myself and learnt to navigate through the alleys of Asian Supermarket. My only comfort is my weekly routine of eating out in Asian restaurants. It was the only luxury that I allow myself on my meager student's allowances. Through my cravings this blog was born.

It was very difficult to come to this decision. But after Fitzie is born, I want her to grow up in an environment where she has extended families. Here in Germany her family is only us the parents. Of course there are many friends but there aren't the same as grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and  many more. Moreover hubby always believe his place is not in Germany but back in Indonesia. So we thought now or later. Later means more work for all of us. So we are heading back to hot and humid tropical land. A land rich with spices and chili. I'm not really sure what will I do with this blog. I want to keep on blogging. So be patient and I will post some stuffs.