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Katiepie
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ciao bella's

Aug 25th, 2014, 15:31 PM   #1
 
Hi folks

I'm Katie, this feels a tad bit awkward!

basically we've been TTC for 13 months now, but it seems my body is stubbornly saying the more i read online the more i learn, and finally after reading some of these posts i decided i needed to join!

Despite having been trying for a while, a lot of stuff seems to have completely passed me by! I feel like a newbie who's just learning about a lot of this haha. that gives me hope that my uterus is not a lost cause

It's tough sometimes, as I work ridiculously unsociable hours, in different countries, and in sometimes pretty uncomfortable conditions. I'm expected to live in a different country. Right now my husband and i are living in Italy. which sounds amazing at the start haha, but then you realise that the doctors don't speak much English, that you are far away from your friends, even in different time zones, and after a while you become completley cut off from your support network.

I guess I have joined for some companionship, to talk to, support, and be supported by others going through the same games of chasing their tails as me
 
 
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Aug 25th, 2014, 15:35 PM   #2
 
Welcome Katiepie. Sounds like an interesting job! My husband is Italian, where in Italy are you based? Any questions re TTC, just post away! xxx
 
 

 
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Aug 25th, 2014, 16:07 PM   #3
 
Hey Melily!

I'm based in Pescara. I LOVE it there actually, lifelong vegetarian and italian food works for me very nicely . the work is less interesting though and my italian sucks, my work is in english mostly, so it doesn't get much practise.
 
 
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Aug 25th, 2014, 17:59 PM   #4
 
Hi Katiepie, I thought I'd write you a reply 'cos I'm partially in the same boat, I'm not ttc (i'm pregnant) but living in Germany with my partner so I connect with what you say about doctors not speaking english and being a bit cut off from support networks. It'd be nice to chat with you some time as it's nice to know you're not alone when you're in a foreign country!
Italy sounds amazing though, what is your line of work exactly? xo
 
 
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Aug 25th, 2014, 20:08 PM   #5
 
where abouts are you in germany NorthernGirl??? i lived in the north for 2 years, i have to say though, my german is worse than my italian! such a difficult language! especially up in the north where they start with the plattendeutsch, strange place, first year i don't think I've ever felt quite so excluded and lonely, and then suddenly we found ourselves welcomed into the centre of this community we hadn't even really been aware of before.

ill never. NEVER get over my aversion for currywurst however. that will stay with me for life.
 
 
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Aug 25th, 2014, 22:09 PM   #6
 
I'm in the North West, near to Cologne and Dusseldorf. Haha yes it's a difficult language to get a grip of, at the moment I speak enough to get me by in most situations at the doctors etc but it's different when you try and socialise because 'chatting' language is completely different if you know what I mean?
Yeah the food here is challenging at the moment, what's the food like in Italy? I've never been so I'm imagining very cliched pasta all the time and that everything tastes gorgeous but I know reality is sometimes a little different haha xo
 
 
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Aug 26th, 2014, 07:07 AM   #7
 
actually, it pretty much is like that haha, pasta with everything! i survived on flammkuchen in germany, that and spaetzle, but i could feel my cholesterol rising with every mouthful of that. The formal and informal german languages are very different. and i sympathise a lot with the hospitals. my husband ended up hurting himself there (he volunteered for a charity game of football in a local beer festival. it was a 2 hour match with no breaks and beer at the side if you were thirsty!) he damaged his knee and had to have surgery so was in hospital a few weeks. its amazing what you can communicate with mime. had a disagreement with the hospital bursar as he decided one day he wouldnt take our medical insurance after all, and managed a very decent argument in german. doubt ill ever be able to do it again though

i made the mistake of trying to learn with a rosetta stone online course when i first got there, the first few weeks were so pointless. it ended up me being on a site, at 2 am, in the pouring rain, with a load of very heavy tools i needed to move, and german operators who refused to help me unless i spoke german to them. only thing i could remember from the course was "ICH BIN EINE KATZE" which i screamed at them at the top of lungs. to be fair, i think they were more worried id lost my mind than anything at the time, but it did the job! Geophysical engineer by the way. sounds fancy, but it means i haul very heavy tools around the place, usually in the middle of night, on a weekend, when its raining/snowing, then sit at a computer for hours crossing my fingers that nothing breaks and everything works.
 
 
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bella, ciao

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