I guess you all know what's coming now.
Yup, I'm back in Germany. For good. I think. After 26 years!
I landed in Munich after my one-way flight from Madrid on the last day of June, provoked by a family situation. Since then, it's been kinda hellish - getting my flat ready took far longer than anticipated, and the family stuff has been harrowing. Now I have finally moved into my own place, the dust is starting to settle, and I'm searching for "The New Normal."
I don't know yet how my new life is going to unfold, but I do know this: Despite a long break from blogging, my language journey remains central to my life. And I'm asking myself all sorts of angsty questions like:
- Will English remain my dominant language or will German re-instate itself? If so, how long until that happens and do I even want that to happen? I'm really torn on this... on the one hand, I hate having to search for German vocab for much longer than is considered decent for a native speaker, and on the other hand, I'm terrified of corrupting my English.
- How will I maintain - and continue to improve! - my Spanish and my Portuguese? These languages are a treasured part of me and I can't stand the thought of losing them. The Portuguese is much more of a problem, since my links to that language (and its speakers) are much weaker than is the case for Spanish, which I still use every day.
- What is going to happen to my Russian? It's suffered total neglect since I left Spain, abandoning my weekly lessons.
So, there's a lot to process and many adjustments to make. And I shall be writing about it...