I spent the first twenty years of my life in Germany, followed by two decades in the UK and I now live in Spain. I’m never quite sure what to say when people ask me where I’m from… should I go by what my passport says? Or where I spent nearly my entire adult life? Or tell them where I’m living right now?
One of the hallmarks of my life is my inability to stick to the well-trodden path, and that I do things in the wrong order.
To illustrate, in very broad brush strokes: I settled down aged 20 with all the requisite trimmings, woke up a decade later (it was a Saturday morning in January, I remember it vividly), realising it was totally wrong for me.
By now on the brink of my thirties, I un-settled myself, and moved town to attend university with the aim of becoming a Nutritionist. (Note: This did nothing to cure me from my cake obsession.) Almost a decade later, I ended up as a freelance writer. Which, ironically, is all I’ve ever wanted to be anyway.
Having gained the freedom of being able to work from virtually any place with an internet connection, I decided to tackle another one of my long-term dreams: becoming multilingual. In pursuit of that goal, I moved from London to central Spain in September 2011. My Spanish is improving, albeit at glacial speed. Three years ago, I started learning Portuguese and going really grey. I’m convinced there is a connection. Last year, I figured I might as well add French to the mix.
The core themes of this blog are languages, living abroad, food and travel. (I also have a specialist language blog, see here: http://multilingualbychoice.blogspot.com)
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A snapshot of my dazzling freelance work life can be found here.
And if you want to know about my rather unpromising beginnings in the language-learning department, click here.
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