I am Melissa and to answer the first question that might come to your mind: No, I'm not adopted by my parents. So why is this blog named "The adoptive sister"?
A very important part of my life is the "Adopt a student program" of the University of applied sciences in Bremen. I've been a member of that program since it exists and that’s quite long. The program is about "adopting" a foreign student to help him getting along in Germany, because sometimes it can be really hard to live in a foreign country. Most of the German people, who "adopt" a student are old enough to be their parents, like my aunt (I'm doing this program together with her). But when the program started I was maybe 10 years old, so it would be weird to call me an adoptive parent. That's why I am the adoptive sister of a lot students all over the world. And I am so so so happy to have such a big family.
I am 21 years old and live in Germany, but I wouldn't say that I'm typical German. I grew up in a small village, near to Bremen (the city of the town musicians) and I am quite sure that in this village there are more cows than people. As you might guess, this is not good place to live and work for a young adult. Right now I'm living in Hamburg, where I work for an Ambulance. This is not the job for my entire life, but a good way to earn money for my greatest passion; traveling!
I really love to learn about countries and cultures that are so different from the German culture. That's why I try to travel every year.
I started this blog to share my experiences with my adoptive brothers and sisters. It's also a great opportunity to learn about different cultures, countries and languages. I want to show you the great advantages of respecting others, cultural differences and dealing with prejudices. We live in a world that gets smaller and smaller every single day. Let's make the best of it.
The will be blogposts you can only find in German or English, that's because sometimes I write about topics, that are only interesting for one group of people. For Examlpe: I like to wirte about German culture, but only in English because I think German people (should) know their own culure well.