I’m not sure if there is one, but we always have to start from somewhere.
We’re in the end of June right now, and so far we only have an approximate date for one of us to go up front. So there isn’t much we can do right now, but to prepare ourselves mentally for what we’re about to do: take step outside our country and move out again to a place where we can grow as a family , professionally and at least see a light at the end of the tunnel when we become old and depending on pensions.
. Quality of life, even if it means to work harder, because we know we’ll be justly rewarded with financial stability (really hopefully);
. We have great friends living there that will support us and be closer to;
. We’ve visited for a few times in different seasons of the year and we loved it;
. It’s close to Portugal;
. We’ll have to learn German (a good challenge, but excited about).
But this post got me thinking: will this list be enough reason move and last a whole life in another country? A country where people follow the rules almost blindly? Where I have no clue how to communicate and depend on the English they might or might not know? Will we strive to like and last long in our jobs in order to get a good house to settle and finally call it a home?
I don’t have answer to most of those questions, probably I’ll only be able to answer them after living for a few months there. But to the question about the language I found a way to feel less anxious about it by downloading the app Babbel+ German.
I paid it monthly last year to give it a try and I liked it a lot. Now I have the free version to get a hold of the basics and when time gets closer to the day I move, I’ll pay for it again and get a more advanced vocabulary, and afterwards I’ll get my butt to German classes and become an expert on it. :)
The next step will be to get to know the paperwork. I don’t even know where to start, and my friend who works in the HR business will give me the heads up when the time comes.
While that doesn’t happen, I’m just keeping an eye on Facebook groups on Swiss living.
Depending on how this goes, I’m already thinking on turning this category into a podcast, maybe when things begin to evolve a little bit more.