I am a British guy with a father of Irish blood and an English mother. I grew up in a village near to the town of Nottingham called East Leake . I took the education route and did everything straight through to university where I did a Psychology degree, in retrospect - without stopping for air. I don’t think that this was the right thing for me.
I graduated and worked in Forensic Psychology for 6 years and did an MSc in the field. It was okay but I wanted something different. I found myself increasingly unable to relate to the mindset of having to buy a house, get a mortgage, settle down in one place etc. I was restless. This valid and respectable life choice is not for me. It felt too much like retirement when I’m still hanging on to my 20’s. I wanted to experience other things, capture the feeling that I always have when travelling and experience more cultures and live in them.
Then on the 14th October 2011 I closed my eyes and made the leap, I left my job in Forensic Psychology and am now planning my escape to live in Berlin, Germany early next year.
This blog will be about my journey to getting there, the experience and my insights on cultural issues coming from a British perspective. Politically, I am not one of these people who are against Europe, In fact I am the most pro Europe person that I know.
I also used to be in a band, I cannot say that we were particularly good, but I can say that we had a lot of fun. I might see if I can get involved in something similar when I am in Berlin.
Additionally, I am aware that the correct spelling of Auslander is Auslaender - this was very intentional.