Hey there, my name is Jenna Davis, I am a Canadian born expat living in Düsseldorf, Germany and I’m constantly bouncing between European cities writing content for tourism organizations.
We all have dreams, but is it possible to have actually taken a completely different path and re-created an even better dream you never thought was possible?
I’ve always been quite realistic when it comes to setting goals, making a life plan and finding a happy work/life balance. I graduated from University with a Bachelor of Sports Management Business and had made a dream board for the next 5-10 years of my life. I would be living in Toronto, in a high-rise flat with floor length windows, a dog and a job working in Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility for a major league sports team. I was independent and goal oriented, and I’m still independent and goal oriented, just in a way I never thought possible.
I am a full-time Travel Blogger/Social Media Manager/Content Creator. I am married to my wonderful German husband who lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.
We got married in 2016 and we bought our first house shortly after. I’ve traveled to more than 50 countries in the last 5 years and I’ve met the most incredible people along the way. My life today is actually quite the opposite as to what I had imagined it to be, but 100 times better… except I would still like a dog.
Finding the Perfect Home
I’ve never been ready to sit still, there’s something inside of me that keeps me hopping from country to country on a monthly basis. However, regardless of where I go, I’ve always subconsciously been looking for someplace I would soon be able to call home. I’ve been to the beautiful Caribbean beaches in Jamaica, bungee jumped off the tallest bungee bridge in South Africa and roamed the cobblestone sheets of Portugal, yet I was never able to completely settle into living in any of these countries (despite the fact that they were perfect).
I had never been to Germany before meeting my husband, and to be honest, I had no desire to. As life sometimes goes, I met my husband in a hostel in South Africa and then shortly after decided to make the trip to Germany to visit him in his hometown for the first time. I loved it. I loved the small grocery shops, the forest that surrounded his apartment and the wild appreciation that the whole city seemed to have for food and drink. I loved that before work people still managed to find time for a coffee with a friend and after work (between dinner, Netflix, and bed) they also happened to spare a couple hours for a round of badminton of a couple beers with family.
My love for Germany was actually no different than my love for Jamaica, South Africa, and Portugal, it was simply that I felt right at home with the man I loved.
I’m not one for cheesy quotes, but wherever life takes me, it is so true that Home is Where the Heart Is. Home is wherever I feel safe, loved and appreciated. Home is back in Canada when I visit my family or wrapped up on the couch in Düsseldorf, Germany watching Netflix with my husband.
The First Few Months
Visiting Germany was completely different than making the official move, finding ways to fit in and learning how to speak fluently enough to get you through the day. My first few months visiting Germany were incredible. We celebrated Oktoberfest, we visited as many romantic fairytale castles as we could and we drank wine, a lot of wine. My first few months moving to Germany were a nightmare. We sat at home angry, filling out paperwork that I didn’t understand, trying to find ways to keep me in the country. I went through visa after visa, tried German classes and making friends, but nothing came easy.