First of all do you remember the fun Becky? You know that fun-loving, in-the-know friend? The one everyone has? You know . . . the one with a goofy sense of humor and a loud, infectious laugh? The one who takes you around town to the most happening and soon-to-be-happening places? The gregarious one who treats everyone she meets like old friends! Yep, that’s the Becky from Silicon Valley (San Francisco Bay Area).
What happens when you take her out of Silicon Valley and put her in a small village just outside of Chemnitz, Germany? Chemnitz is the former Karl Marx city and currently known as Stadt der Moderne (the modern city) in Germany.
Let’s find out..
Here in Germany there are tons of international film festivals and films to watch. Here in the city of Chemnitz, we have a children and family film festival called Internationales Filmfestival Schlingel . It runs from September 26 – October 2nd. I even heard they translate the films from their original language to German. Why would they do that? Children can’t read subtitles so they do voiceovers instead. Pretty neat?
What happened to the film reviews? They are coming back in a few different forms. First of all I am networking with filmmakers here in Germany – sometimes tough to find the underground hub. Second I live in the middle of Germany. What does that have to do with anything? It’s like living in Missouri and asking who the film makers are in town. Expanding my networking circles here and there.
Okay the real big news in this area…. I am a member of the Netflix #Streamteam here in Germany. What does that mean? I review films on Netflix and write about them and connect with the other Netflix #Streamteam bloggers for some fun adventures.
My FB feed everyone is talking about “Stranger Things”, love a good flick right? Any favorites that I should watch and review?
How to be fashionable after 40? Remember the 10 item capsule wardrobe? You might have noticed the first 5 on Snapchat or other social media channels. Why did I do this? In Germany we have small closets. I call it bring your own closet. It’s funny I know but there are no built in closets and not enough room for dressers.
Don’t worry I will put these 10 pieces together from Professor’s wife to street style Betty. It’s all about the shoes and the accessories (including wigs). Wigs? Oh don’t worry I have my trunk full of costumes and wigs.
Hair. Uh oh.. It’s been three months and my pixie is looking odd. Have you ever had short hair and when it starts to grow out you are like UGGG. I hate that part too. Do I cut it short? No I think I will let it grow long and wait until I visit my hair stylist Nez in Silicon Valley for a new cut. Remember this cut? Stephanie was the photographer on this one too.
I know you want to see some cool photos, so do I? My lovely friends Trisha Leeper and Stephanie Hennessey are great photographers that made me look great. Now I am playing around with my Canon T5i and trying to capture German adventures in its infant stages. Don’t worry I won’t let you down. I have to practice using the tripod and if anyone asks me why I am taking pictures of myself I will say, “Ich weisse ist nicht.” (I don’t know) . Really I will say it’s for a school project.
Here is one of my favorite photos from Trisha
And one of my favorites from Stephanie.
4. A babysitter
In Silicon Valley the rolodex was full of sitters left and right. Heck I was referring my sitters to everyone just so they wouldn’t have to get a full time job and leave me completely. Here in our neck of the woods everyone has family from the neighbor village. I heard from an fella American that teenagers do not work like they do in Silicon Valley. Huh? Oh they enjoy their summers and childhood. I love that but boo for me. I even posted a little sign at the childcare looking for a sitter. Next step is going to the local church and ask the Pastor for prayer (maybe), but maybe he knows of an older lady that would love to spend time being a surrogant Oma. Doesn’t hurt to try?
Friends? Huh but you might think and remember I am the most friendliest gal around? In the former East everyone is skeptic of overly friendly folks (Americans). Yes there are a few international women’s groups about an hour away. I will go in August to one of there meetings. It’s like driving to San Francisco for the day.
Where are all the ladies? Okay to be honest they are all at work? In the days of the DDR (East Germany) everyone went to work. There was no option to stay at home, go to the gym, have playdates with your neighbors and drink lattes from Starbucks. Childcare here is so affordable HOW AFFORDABLE? less than $300 per month for three children (the state of Sachsen is thinking of eliminating all childcare fees) this has nothing to do how much or little you earn. German society is still geared for women to work. Yes, I still miss my friends every week BUT can’t wait for new adventures with new friends. Don’t be afraid to make new friends even if they are online.
And please tell me how your summer is going in the comments!