After one and a half year I decided to resurrect my blog. But now it’s different, since:
- I’m writing in English. Yes, I guess I’m trying to please everyone, which is maybe the wrong thing to do. But I think what I have to say will be interesting for both sides.
- Both sides? With this I mean that my blog will not be a guide „How to get into Germany and stay there“ anymore. I just don’t feel inspired writing about this anymore – and I really want to write. At least because I’m still paying for the domain and website maintenance 😀 The theme of cultural differences and gaps, psychology and mentality of different cultures has accompanied me through all 7 years I live in Germany. And with every year spent here I feel these differences more and more. In more areas and contexts – from little household things to big things like values and life expectations. Belarusian and German mentality and way of living turned out to differ much more than I expected. The interesting thing is that I moved to Germany at the age of 17, when my mentality has not been completely shaped, so I feel like I absorbed a lot of German thinking without even realising it. The realisation is coming, when I am talking to my Belarusian family and friends, who still live in Belarus. I find myself asking these questions, wondering about where the differences are coming from, finding this „German“ in myself more and more, but then feeling strong rejection reaction with regard to other „typically German“ things. So I thought it would be something interesting to share and maybe get feedback and different opinions – maybe even some answers 🙂
I need to say that my own opinion on things and situations I experienced is not the first-instance truth. It is just my own perception and my own way of analysing my experiences and making sense of them. I understand that some things I will write about may be seen as cliches, but as I said – of course, I may be biased and may even be wrong. But it is just my story and my experience.
Stay tuned 🙂