Photo: Sung-Hee Seewald
My first two weeks in Hamburg are over and it’s time for my first actual #TimeToGrowUp post – because that’s what happened in these first 14 days in my favorite city. Let’s see, here’s what I’ve done so far:
I packed my car with the most important things and my cat and went on a six-hour drive to Hamburg on my own. This is huge for me! I didn’t drive for about seven years during my last relationship and started to be afraid of driving. During the whole process of the break-up, I got the car and this was necessary because in my little village, there’s only one bus – so if you want to get somewhere in a specific time, this is easier by car. So I had to start driving again and actually ended up having fun again! My only problem is parking. And now I’m living in an area where parking is definitely not easy. I was actually great at parking backwards and now I’m super scared of it. But that’s also a fear I’ll hopefully overcome soon.
I found a first job. It won’t pay all my dues, but it’s a first start and I’m thankful for the chance I was given. Since I’ve never worked in a „normal“ job before (just once at a Bobbi Brown counter for a short time – and it definitely wasn’t my cup of tea) and have no experience, it won’t be easy to find something well-payed that fast, I think. But I’m open for almost anything and I would like to see if I can find something that makes me happy. I don’t need to become a millionaire, I need to be able to pay for my living and some „fun“ around that (which means: food, drinks, books and a little bit of shopping – mostly food, though).
I moved in with a friend and am now living in a shared flat with her. This is new for me, cause even though we’re in this together, I’m actually alone and living on my own. We don’t see each other that much, cause we both have our own lives. She works full-time, I work partly from home and will be working mostly during the weekends. I don’t have a big room for myself, had to leave back my stuff and have no closet (again – bummer!), so this is kind of awkward, even though I went through the same situation last year for about six months. That’s also the current plan right now: finding my own place until half a year is over. Probably a bit utopic in Hamburg, but we’ll see.
I’m learning how to use public transport. Again: in my village, there’s only one bus – so easy to handle. Here, you have so many options and it’s not so easy to find your way around the city if you’re not used to that, but I’m doing my best. I’m using the public transport app to help me find the right choices in order to get from A to B and it’s working pretty well at the moment. While living here in Hamburg last time, I was so, so scared of using public transport that I’d rather stay at home or order a taxi – that is no option anymore. I won’t stay at home that much again, I want to see everything of this beautiful city and live my life to the fullest. And if I have to go somewhere, I will have to go somewhere and try not to spend too much money, so public transport is the best idea, I guess.
I had my first work day. And it was really hardcore. So here’s the „surprise“: I’m currently working in a food truck besides the blog work. It’s my favorite food truck here in Hamburg and I’m happy that I got the chance to work there cause it means fun and something I can really stand for cause I love it myself. But WTF – my first day at work was at the Spielbudenplatz during „Schlagermove“. First, you have to know that I hate this kind of music, so listening to it all day long was actually enough of a torture, but then there’s a lot of weirdly dressed drunk people. I spent 13 hours in that truck, probably with around an hour or one and a half hour of break in total, standing and being the cashier (most of the time) or giving the finishing touches to the food and serving it to people. And yes, that’s fun, but also VERY exhausting. And by „VERY exhausting“ I mean that I couldn’t stand or walk anymore after that day. So I decided to gift myself with the luxury of ordering a shuttle (P.S.: unpaid advertising, but great for both of us, if you want to use my code „zmbmi5“ for a €10 voucher for your first drive, I’ll get some money on my app too and will maybe be able to drive home for free some time again soon: CleverShuttle is super cool, it’s an easy app, the cars drive „green“, it’s a bit cheaper than usual cabs or an Uber and sometimes, you share your shuttle with nice people – so all in all, it’s really great!), but since Hamburg decided to do three events on the same day (Schlagermove, triathlon plus a Helene Fischer concert), half of the city’s streets were closed and I had to try and find someone to bring me home for about an hour. In the end I just took a quick shower at home and after feeding my cat, I fell in my bed like a dead stone. But it was so, so worth it! I’m incredibly proud of myself that I actually made it. That I did not give up. That I went through this day and rocked it. And that I can tell you about this experience that’s definitely not life-changing for anyone, but for me – as you all know the saying – it’s a big step for mankind. Me. ♥