I’ve been in Europe for a couple of weeks already, with a couple more to go. My friend and I went to Italy for a long Easter weekend, but the main reason I came to Europe this spring was to spend the month at a horse breeding farm in eastern Germany. Back in 2012, I stayed and worked on this same farm for half a year.
In 2012, I was fairly fresh out of college with nothing really lined up. This seemed like a good time to go experience another culture and be immersed in another language. But, I had no desire to be a nanny or teach English- common routes to go abroad. Horses are more my thing, so I used Yard and Groom to find a place with horses!
It’s amazing how little has changed here on the farm. Some of the same horses and dogs are still here, though others have been born, sold, or passed away. Still, the daily routine is the same.
During my first stay here, I rarely phoned home due to the inconvenience of international calling. Instead, the internet was my umbilical cord to America. I sent tons of correspondence through emails. Years later, all those emails still exist as an archive of my experience. I’ve selected some snippets from 2012 to share in this post. I want to present a very honest account of what my experience has been here and be true to my original words, but I did edit these for clarity’s sake.