From Elaine, Germany

01 January 2020

Elaine, Germany

After a whirlwind romance with a German exchange student in Oxford in 1981 I upped sticks by giving up my flat in Wimbledon, my teaching qualification, my language, my family and my independence to move to Germany. I spoke not a word of German and ended up living in a house with my future mother-in-law. My English teaching qualification wasn't recognised in Germany, so at 22, at what should have been the beginning of my teaching career I found myself on the conveyor belt of a chocolate factory. Almost 40 years later I am still here with my handsome German. We have 3 children and 1 grandson. I am a happy contended person. I wouldn't change a thing.


This postcard is one of several collated as part of collaboration between Dr Michaela Benson and the Migration Museum. A selection of these appears in the Postcards from the British in Europe installation in Departures, the museum's current exhibition exploring four centuries of emigration from Britain, bringing Britain’s emigration story and its emigrants into the national conversation about migration