My thoughts are with Venezuela

Solidary demonstration for the Venezuelan opposition in Berlin, Germany (Credit by venezuela-europa.blogspot.com)

I am so sorry I have not been updating as fequently as I wanted to. When starting this blog about two weeks ago little did I know how the situation in Venezuela would develop. At the moment I spend most of my spare time reading blogs (such as caracaschronicles.com) and Twitter posts, watching videos and news. With the situation in Ucraine seemingly more or less resolved and the Winter Olympics of Sochi being over the international media has finally begun focussing on events in Venezuela. Although it still gives me shivers to watch masked protesters throwing tear gas canisters back at the security forces I am happy to open Facebook in the morning and see big online newspapers like Spiegel Online and Die Welt report.

There have been a few solidary demonstrations for the Venezuelan opposition in Germany the past weekend, and although I only know of Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne and Heidelberg this is more than I expected. It gives me hope, though, because I feel like I am not the only one sitting in her safe and comfortable German home thinking of dear ones in Venezuela who have to go through such a time of insecurity. I have looked for demonstrations somewhere near my hometown but did not find any. Maybe joining a demonstration (without the fear of getting shot) and screaming out the frustration that has been slowly building inside of me would give me some kind of relief.

Anyhow, kudos to those who organized the demonstrations and produced some really nice images to share on the web as well!


Update:
Looks like there have also been actions in Regensburg and Hamburg (boo, and I didn’t know!)

Good news: A job? As in “a real job”?

So, Berlin it is. One year to say good-bye to my hometown.

The situation in Venezuela during the last days had me so worried that I was barely able to process what a blessing happened to me and what it would mean for Ali and me.

As a student I have been working for a development organisation for more than two year and in November they offered me a terminated part-time job to cover up for another employee who was quitting for another job. My contract would expire in June 2014 – after that the organisation’s office in Hannover, my hometown, would be closed and the remaining employees would have to choose from moving to Berlin, where the new German HQ would be, or quit. Anyhow, this was of no concern to me since my contract would terminate at the end of June, anyway. But this week my supervisor asked me if I could imagine to keep working for them after June. And even though I will not be able to move to Berlin until February 2015 because of my master degree they want to keep me. I would be working from home for about 7 months and then move to Berlin in my final master semester when I won’t have any classes but will only write my thesis.

Wow – this is so awesome. I mean, although the German economy is running well the competition for jobs is tough in the field of communications and public relations. I can see that when I talk to my ex fellow students from my bachelor degree. Finding a real job right after graduation is difficult and payment is low. This had me worried for a long time because I knew it would probably depend on me and my success on finding a job how fast Ali and I would be able to get married and therefore move together. So this is lifted off my shoulders for now – and it feels just great!


Silly me started following blogs about Berlin and looking for flats in Berlin immediately. There are a few downsides, of course: My family and friends live in Hannover and although Hannover is rather infamous amongst Germans I love my hometown (seriously, it’s actually quite pretty!). I will also not be able to study a semester abroad as I had planned or be able to gain experience in the free economy by an internship during my final master semester. I am a little afraid that I my vitae will be too dominated by experience in the non-profit sector to be able to work in the free economy afterwards. But I’m sure I’ll make things work as I always have – independent strong woman right here ;)

The only bitter taste about all of this is: Marrying in combination with financial security is the safest way to immigrate to Germany. It really should not be that way.