I have only been living here for a little over a year, but I feel like this experience has already changed me a lot. I not only changed my clothing style, I also got a all year round tan and the sund dyed my hair lighter. Moving over here has also changed me as a person a lot. I am way more open to new people and things also feel a lot more confident. Building a new life for yourself and running into a ton of walls, grows you a thicker skin and also makes you appreciate yourself and all the efforts you make to achieve over here a lot more.
I also adapted a pretty different lifestyle since moving here. Flo and I have never really cared for living extremely healthy, buying organic foods or being very active. Over here that has changed nearly 100%. Everyone expected us to gain tons of weight, become Fast Food-addicts and never work out over here. But actually we started cooking and eating very healthy, go to McDonald’s & Co. maye once every 6 months and normally go for a hike or bike ride at least once a week.
Before our move my friends always told me to please not change to much, to not start only speaking english and to just stay who I am. I totally am still the same person, but I think moving over here brought out some very good sides in me that have been hiding for a very long time in Germany. Even if the American himself can be superficial, living among the Californians has opened my mind for a lot of things and approved our lifestyle a lot!