In 2016 I asked my employer if I could relocate from London to Frankfurt on a temporary basis. My request was declined as it was thought that I should be in the London office. I was grateful that it was at least considered, but I was itching to move abroad, so I relocated to Frankfurt... Continue Reading →
FAQs about Alisa Jordan
It's only natural that we want to know more about the person behind the blog posts - I'm exactly the same! After years of sharing my experience of living in Frankfurt and being in touch with so many of you, I've put together your FAQs, so that the answers are all in once place 😊... Continue Reading →
How to decide where to move abroad
When travelling, I often consider if I would ever want to live in the place I'm holidaying in, and it got me thinking about what makes me answer with either 'yes' or 'no.' I already had a personal connection to Germany before moving here from the UK, but if I wanted to relocate again, then... Continue Reading →
Living away from your family
Living away from your family can be hard. Whether it's a different city, a different country or a different continent, the thousands of kilometres between us and our families can make them feel very unreachable. Being able to get to your siblings', parents' and grandparents' homes in less than an hour really does seem like... Continue Reading →
5 reasons why it’s OK not to be in love with the city you relocate to
My actual plan was to relocate from London to Berlin, so I ended up in Frankfurt. For those who aren’t aware, a friend once said that Berlin is like the Shoreditch, London of Germany and Frankfurt is more like Canary Wharf. And you know what, I totally agree. I would have rather gone to Shoreditch... Continue Reading →
Where do you call home?
Back in London and ready to tell my friends from home the story about a disastrous yet hilarious car sharing experience in Germany, I asked “Do you have a car sharing website?” Which was responded to with a strong “you!?” and a lot of laughter as we realised I hadn’t used the word ‘we’. Oops!... Continue Reading →
Leaving everything behind
When someone mentioned that they viewed moving abroad as leaving everything behind, it really did make me think twice. I hadn't thought about it in this way at all and I guess it has opened my eyes to other people's experiences. Moving abroad has it's ups and downs and I can imagine that for people... Continue Reading →
Here’s why not investing in trust can prevent you from feeling settled
Imagine how much you have going on when you move house or start a new job. It's stressful, right? Can you imagine doing both simultaneously and in a new country? It was crazy: Numerous buys from Ikea, remembering everyone's names at work, numerous returns to Ikea, forgetting everyone's names at work. Ahh! I met an... Continue Reading →
Moving from London to Frankfurt
"Why would someone leave London for Frankfurt?" Truth is, it was more than just the city that brought me here. Although there are a few things I wish I could have brought with me, I just can't justify moving back to London right now. Here's why: Small fish in a big pond You don't realise... Continue Reading →
A special visitor
I spent three years at home after finishing uni and venturing around Thailand for a month. It was just me and my mum, which was strange in itself, as I genuinely felt like an only child, but I eventually got used to my sister still being at uni. Eating dinner, watching crappy TV on a Sunday and... Continue Reading →
What’s really on your mind before you move abroad?
How annoying is it when people talk loudly on public transport? I constantly think “Can you just shut up!?” and am always relieved when either I or the loud talker gets off. This time however, I just wanted to go over to the seats behind me and tell the loud talker that I know exactly... Continue Reading →
One year since I moved abroad
Tears. A lot of tears. Waking up and being alone with my thoughts. Missing home comforts and no longer knowing the city that I live in like the back of my hand. Loneliness. This is exactly how I felt when I first moved out of my family home and went to university in 2009. It... Continue Reading →
Loneliness when you live abroad
Loneliness: A feeling of discomfort and sadness because you don’t have the company you want around you. I understand why people avoid this feeling, it’s not pleasant at all, but what about when you don’t have a choice and there’s no one to spend time with? When back home in London, my diary was busy... Continue Reading →
Home for the weekend
Touching base I have never felt so excited to see London. Descending into Heathrow airport over the Thames, I saw Tower Bridge and The o2 Arena. I felt a smile spread across my face and a rush of excitement shoot through my body. I was back! Seven months is the longest I have been away... Continue Reading →
Out with the old, in with the new?
But why is 'old' a bad thing? During my first few months of relocating to Frankfurt, I spent my evenings and weekends getting to know the city, making friends and flat hunting. It was time consuming and tiring, and I was aware that my beloved fitness routine was slowly but surely disappearing. Now that I... Continue Reading →
Could I have moved abroad if I didn’t speak the language?
Put simply, yes. Would it have been so easy? Probably not. But it all depends where you go and what you actually want from the experience. Maybe languages aren't your thing? Remember my first night out when I arrived in Frankfurt, the one I went to on my own? It was an English speaking event... Continue Reading →