Leaving my life behind for a while...
January 20, 2014 4:53 PM Subscribe
So...I applied for and received a grant to learn/research/write abroad for 4 months starting in March in the field of librarianship and informatics. The grant will pay for food, shelter, and travel (4 cities in Germany, if it matters). The grant agency is going to try and help me find temporary housing. Very fortunately, my job is ok with this and excited about what I will learn, so I have a job to come back to.
I am simultaneously excited and terrified. IF you've done something like this before...any recommendations?
posted by eleanna to Travel & Transportation around Germany (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
for how to:
a) Make the most of the experience?
b) Deal with the logistical issues? (If you've done an unpaid sabbatical and that's what this more or less is from my job's POV, what might I not be thinking of making sure is set up here before I leave/there before I get there)
c) Make sure that re-entry is minimally complicated? (I will have about a week right now to get back to my job)
Additional potentially helpful info:
- I am currently in the United States.
- I have lived in Germany before, but I was in high school at the time (1996-1997) and didn't have to do my own logistical work
- My German is very good, but imperfect (I test at the B2 level written but can read/understand well above that)
- I am in my mid-30s and have relocated by myself successfully before in the United States but this will be my first time doing anything remotely like this. The grant agency is pretty experienced though and the library association is well established so I should have some support.
-I am a mid-level manager at work who also teaches.
Thank you for your help/thoughts.