The first few months and Christmas were very exciting but with the new year my high started to come down and I really struggled with my motivation. I entered "that" phase that as far as I can tell all ex-pats do from time to time. Temperatures of down to -18°c didn't really help things as going outside wasn't really something I wanted to do. I was left feeling isolated and alone at home during the day, surrounded by language that I frustratingly couldn't understand.
I knew things would get better, and they have. I started my Deutschkurs in February and on Friday I will have finished the first module. I have made friends and even had a very pleasant lunch and shopping trip with a girl from Azerbaizjan who speaks no English. Last weekend we took a trip over the boarder to Strasbourg where I took lots of photos and realised that the 8 years I spent learning French at school has been overwritten German words. The Sun has been shining, the days are getting longer and the birds are singing everyday. I always knew that moving here would be hard at times but I absolutely made the right choice by coming here.