Leaving something we know can be quite exciting and frightening all at once. No matter if we go somewhere new temporarily or forever, we never know for sure what we can expect. Today I would like to tell you why I have not regretted moving here.
Ever since I was a kid, it has been my dream to live by the ocean, and my dream came true when I moved to Rostock. But when you grow up near a big city or the country’s capitol itself, you get those somewhat horrified looks – why would a young person move to a state that is said to be unexciting and a bit slow? Well, because you get the whole package here. But let me explain.
At first (and most importantly), there is the Baltic Sea almost right on the doorstep. If you plan to go to Rostock for example, it takes you 30 mins maximum to get to the beach by public transport. Or you could take a trip to one of the islands, and there you are, watching the rushing waves and ferries from Scandinavia come and go, and very soon you will catch yourself staring at the line where the sky meets the sea, wondering how far you will go. (Yes, I used the lines from the Vaiana film.)
Just in case that is not your cup of tea, you can easily go into the woods at Rostocker Heide, Mecklenburger Parkland or Schweriner Seenland and be swept away by their rivers and lakes, all just waiting for you to explore their secrets.
If you’re looking for something more vibrant, there are the cities like Rostock, Wismar, Stralsund and Greifswald, where thousands of students enjoy school by day and life at night, or vice versa in many cases.
But you can get all of it somewhere else as well you may say – well, you might be right. There is one other thing, however, that makes Mecklenburg-Vorpommern a special place to go to: The mentality of the people you will meet here. The ‘Fischköppe’, as the people who grew up here are lovingly called in ‘norddeutsch’, might pass on this inner calm to you which you can feel as soon as you enter our beautiful state. You can always ‘schnack’ (talk) with someone and in case you need to clean up something, just ask for a ‘Feudel’ (mop) 😉. Down to earth and yes, maybe a little more relaxed and breezy, you can unwind in the palm of the nature around us, enjoy the most beautiful sunsets and you can let out the breath you might have been holding for a while now.
Or it’s just the fresh sea air, I’m not quite sure… Why don’t you try and find out yourself?