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Meet the Girl

No longer twenty-something (*sob*) but still unmarried and unchildrened  English girl currently living near Basel, Switzerland. Until the end of Apirl 2015, I lived in Karlsruhe, Germany where I moved to in September 2006 to be closer to my boyfriend, who I met on a year abroad 2 and a half years before that. We have now reached the stage where the time we’ve actually spent in the same country is more than the length of our long-distance relationship. We got a flat together in Germany in May 2010 and moved to Switzerland for his job in 2015. Now I’m trying to figure out life in the land of cheese and chocolate – all while Swiss German turns my brain to mush!

The botanic gardens in Karlsruhe

The botanic gardens in Karlsruhe

I have 3 younger siblings – a sister, 2 and half years younger than me, with whom I  actually share two parents, and two half brothers, one on each side of the family. The brother on my mum’s side is 7 years younger than me and has now graduated from university, which makes me wonder where all the years have gone. On my dad’s side we have the baby of the family – at 23 years younger than me he’s young enough to be my own child! I never claimed my family was normal…

I work at a translation company, which is usually interesting but can be stressful.

I like pub quizzes, baking, cross stitch, owls, stars (I appear to have accumulated four different scarves with stars on…), seahorses, tortoises (and turtles, and terrapins), hearts, travel, making lists and reading, among other things. But you’ll find all that out if you stick around.

Carrot cake

Carrot cake

So that’s me. To read about the blog click here.

36 thoughts on “Meet the Girl

  1. Hey,

    I came across your blog while searching for internships at translation agencies in braunschweig. I’ve just finished my first year of uni doing german and italian and starting to plan my year abroad. I really want to go into translation and was told i should look for relevant work experience while im in germany…so…i was wondering if you could help me out with names of big translation agencies. So far i only have kern but their headquarters are in frankfurt and i would really like to go to hannover/braunschweig area…

    I realise that i’m a complete stranger but your help would be much appreciated!

    ally x

  2. Hi Alison!
    Thanks for the comment. I’m actually an intern at the Karlsruhe branch of Kern. I’m going to send you an email about it now.

    B xx

  3. Nice to meet you, Bevchen. Thank you for visiting my blog. I look forward to reading more of your entries =).

  4. I had to make a chart full of circles and lines to understand your family dynamic… and I think I’ve got it! Well, it’s that or plans to build a rocket ship off Stupid Island…

  5. Stepanie: most likely the latter😉

  6. I am English and live in Berlin too! I am sure we can chat lots:)

  7. I’ve always wanted to do translation! But I don’t know any other languages (I took Latin). And now I’m taking sign language…it’s like I’m working against myself!

  8. I’m a Brit living in Germany too!

  9. Hi Bev , We have a newly launched blog, about young people, past and present who change the world. I want to follow your fine blog and hope you might be interested in following ours. We have stumbled into the middle of a big story and we thought you might like to become involved. Last year, Anjali Appadurai, a student at The College of the Atlantic, managed to address all the senior delegates at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change which was held in South Africa. Her brief, awesome speech got world-wide attention. But since the simple clear voice of a youth severely challenged the delegates in a way some of the more powerful members did not want to hear, at this year’s Conference in Doha, Qatar, Anjali has been kicked out. This the student who has been dubbed the youth voice of civil society. Imagine, being over in the Middle East, thousands of miles from home and being intimidated by Security officials. But she has kept her cool and the youth there supporting her have written a polite letter demanding her reinstatement. However, if Anjali is not reinstated, there most certainly will be an effort to mobilize young people around the world to support her. If you could take three minutes and link to her speech from last year and decide if you don’t agree that she is a powerful voice representing the youth of the world: If you do agree with us, (and tens of thousands of others) consider doing a story either by linking to our website (or just steal from it, we don’t care) to inform and involve your considerable followers. Young people dream of a better world but worry that it might not be… this is a way they can act on their dreams. If you have any question, we would be happy to provide any assistance possible.
    Charlie Butts

  10. Hey Bevchen,

    I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award – congratulations! Follow this link to see the post and learn more about the rules for this award:
    Thank you for inspiring me!


  11. Hi,

    I suppose you speak good German now ha!

    I’m compiling a free e-book about the Greatest Articles and I’m featuring excellent comments. Your thoughts in “This is crazy! (Love)” is a standout! I’m asking permission if I could include your words in the book?

    All the best,
    Justin G. Bautista

  12. Hey!!!! I’m awarding you with the Versatile Blogger award! You can check it out on my page:-) Congrats!!!

  13. Hi there~
    Just came across your blog while perusing the wordpress site to see if there were more blogs about expat life in Germany that I had missed and there you were!
    Particularly piqued by the fact that you work at a translation company- haven’t poked around the blog yet but hope you write about your work as well as your life here [I’m also in dem Vaterland- just celebrated my one year anniversary!]

    • Hey! Glad you found me – it’s always nice to “meet” fellow expats. If you check my links page, there are a few other bloggers who are based in Germany.

      I tend not to go into too much detail about work just in case I accidently end up saying something I shouldn’t, but I do mention it occasionally. I also don’t really write specifically on my life here though (or very rarely). I write about my life, which currently happens to be taking place in Germany:-)

      Happy one year anniversary! I’ve been here seven now (just realised I complerely missed my 7 year anniversary!!)

  14. Karlsruhe was the first German city I ever visited, had a friend there. Otherwise who knows how long it would have taken me to get to Baden-Baden and the Black Forest!

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  16. hey just came across your blog! look forward to reading more:)

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  18. Hi there, I’m a friendly lurker who really enjoys your blog. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated your blog for a Versatile Blogger Award. To find out more see here This award is a way for bloggers to show appreciation to other bloggers, and it’s a personal kick up the bum to me to make sure I show my personal appreciation for you and your blog. Congratulations!

  19. Hey there! Just stopped by your blog randomly and gave it a follow. Visit me if you’d like to return the favor at Thanks!

  20. If you pay attention, no family is normal.

    I read in a comment you left on–oh, I have so forgotten now whose blog it was. Anyway, I read that you were looking for expat blogs. So forgive the self-promotion, but stop by and see if it grabs you.

  21. Hey Bevchen, I love your blog so I’ve nominated you for The Daydreamer Award, more info can be found here if you are interested:

  22. Hey there – I like what Ellen said above. No family is normal and that makes your family normal:) Your blog looks very interesting and includes traveling stories, so I will definitely stick around.
    – Ruta

  23. Hey! I’m an American living and working in northern Germany. Thanks so much for sharing, I can totally relate to many of your posts:)

  24. Hi there! I stumbled upon your blog in the comments section of a blog post yesterday – about Swiss being friendly VS making friends in Switzerland😉
    Lovely blog you have here – I will be following along from now on! See you around the blogosphere ✿

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