The first day of life as a working woman.
It seems crazy to actually be on my gap year. It’s surreal. I’ve been planning and dreaming about it for the past three years and now here I am. My plans have changed innumerable times, at one point I would have been in Australia now or interrailing around the world. But here I am in Berlin with an internship at Reuters. I probably should have practiced more German before coming here and read into more German news stories, but hindsight is a great thing!
I managed to successfully use the German underground! My first big achievement. When I got to the office I had no clue whether I should speak German or English, luckily the lady who offered me the internship started talking in English. After she had explained everything Reuters do to me and showed me around the office, I was introduced to a lot of people…in German. I forgot most of their names, truth be told, but know them now…I think! For my first day I was told to just read and watch the German news and get used to what Reuters do. Although this wasn’t the most exciting day and certainly made up for all the times I faked my German logging at school (logging for those of you that don’t know was something we had to do at A Level. Every week we had to read and watch a certain amount of programmes or articles in our A Level language and most of the sixth form language students just made it up because we didn’t have time or couldn’t be bothered to do it properly), in a way I was glad as I was already totally overwhelmed by living in a new country and everything in general.
One of the things I had forgotten about the continent was that they often don’t have baskets in supermarkets. Therefore when I went to get food for the week I was basically playing Buckaroo with myself. Somehow I managed to carrying all my shopping to the till without dropping anything and even managed to talk German to some crazy old lady who started talking to me in the queue, telling me her life story. Although one trick that I have missed, and to be honest only just thought of, is that I should have brought an English extension cable. Currently I only have one European adapter and about 5 things that need charging, doesn’t technology suck!
It’s strange because I’ve had so much to do and figure out in my first few days, I’m not actually that lonely or missing people as much as I thought I would. Leaving for my gap year has made people I haven’t spoken to for ages pop up again (excuse the millennial slang). It’s a nice feeling and makes me feel more confident and as if I’m not alone in my adventure.