In the spring of 2015 I followed a german course at Goethe Institut. It was a good way to learn a bit of the language and get to know Frankfurt and the german culture better. Another good reason to follow a german course (even if you think that you’ll never learn it 😀 ) is that you get in touch with different people from around the globe and share a common goal; settling in Frankfurt. I met some wonderful people which I still see every now and then and they really add some fun, coziness and laughter to my stay in Frankfurt! I interviewed them about the city and asked them what they think of Frankfurt and where they’re heading to. Curious about their answers? Please, continue reading! Meet my friends from Frankfurt!
Can you tell a bit about yourself? I am Helen Clements I am 54 years old. I am married with 2 grown up daughters. I am interested in social history, politics and enjoy watching rugby. My main hobby is playing golf although I go running a few times a week. My favourite activity is chatting with my friends.
What brought you to Frankfurt and for how long are you intend to stay? I came to Frankfurt to accompany my husband who had been offered a job in Frankfurt. He had always wanted to work abroad and this seemed like a great opportunity. We thought we would be here for 1 year but 3 and a half years later we are still here.
I booked cinema tickets to watch James Bond – Spectre thinking it was in English, when it started it was clearly in German! 😆
Expectation from this city before you got here? I didn’t know what to expect, people toldme that it was very much a business city and very cosmopolitan.
What susprised you in a positive way while living here? The differences between England and Germany I thought the two people were almost identical but there are real differences. Shops shutting on a Sunday also took a bit of getting used to.
How is the German way of life different from yours? Sundays! The German people are very rule bound and also there is still a lot of guilt about what happens in the 1940s which I find a bit sad – it is time to move on – not forget but look forward.
What is the biggest blooper you made while trying to speak German? I booked cinema tickets towatch James Bond – spectre thinking it was in English, when it started it was clearly in German!
If you get the chance to live some place else in the world, where would that be and why there? I think it would have been gone to go somewhere which meant I really had to move there – Hong Kong or Singapore? Frankfurt is so close to home I was able to go home a lot.
Which countries have you visited so far? Oh too many to list – most Western Europe countries, USA, South America, Australia, NewZealnd
Your dream or goal in life and how do you want to accomplish that? Oh that’s tricky, I am very contented and I think that’s because I have never had goals, unless it is to be thankful for what you have and look for the good in every situation.
Best (life) quote ever? Live each day as if life has just begun – Goethe!
Any advice for someone who is about to do the same as you did? Make the most of it! We have also travelled widely all over Germany – it’s been great!
Can you tell a little bit about yourself? My name is Siriporn Jonas. I am 40 years old and come from Bangkok Thailand. I love to travel, cooking, reading and Jazz music. I used to work for German National Airlines as HR Manager for 13 years.
What brought you to Frankfurt and for how long are you intend to stay? My Husband’s assignment was finished in Thailand and he had to move back to Germany therefore I moved to Germany with him. We cannot say how long we want to be here. It is depends on what will come in the future.
Expectation from this city before you got here? I visited Frankfurt a.M so many times because of my job. I did not expected anything from the city. But it would be better if the train stations and some areas will be cleaned regularly.
What susprised you in a positive way while living here? I like the cities around Frankfurt. They are really pretty. Apart from that I can plan my time more efficiency in Germany.
Live your life for today.
How is the German way of life different from yours? There is a very big gap between Germany and Thailand. Not only the way of living but also the culture. In my country most of the shops are open everyday. I can get almost everything and anytime but not in Frankfurt a.M.
What is the biggest blooper you made while trying to speak German? The language is the toughest (Aussprache)! When I speak, they understand something else because I pronouce it wrong.
If you get the chance to live some place else in the world, where would that be and why there? If i can choose I will only live in my country (Thailand). I am not the person that seeks the adventure.
Which countries have you visited so far? Italy, France, England, Dubai, China, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines and others.
Your dream or goal in life and how do you want to accomplish that? I would love to have a small house by the beach somewhere in my country. My goal right now is to learn German and find a job.
Best (life) quote ever? Live your life for today.
Thank you girls for your contribution to my blog!
How about you? Would you like to live some place else then you’re right know? Would you take the leap? I’m very curious to read about it in the comments!