“Having visited Berlin twice, I knew I wanted to live there for some period of my life. In 2013, after living in South America for a year, I wasn’t ready to go back to the US. Some friends told me they had wonderful experiences as au pairs (live-in babysitters). When I found a modern family with German, Turkish, and African heritage, living in a darling kiez (neighborhood) of Kreuzberg in Berlin, I was thrilled! .
They had four beautiful children, aged 20 months to 9 years old. They all had names that started with a “J,” just like me! They went to a bilingual school with children of American expats and German diplomats. The mother was young, cheery, and absolutely loved my personality. We really hit it off over Skype. I couldn’t wait to just be there, cooking German and Turkish food for the little ones. I pictured myself sewing my own dirndl (German peasant dress, like the kind you see at Oktoberfest) with the machine in my new room. I was going to be like Julie Andrews!
In all my excitement, I failed to get the whole story. .
From the information I had on the family, I couldn’t imagine them being anything but happy and financially stable. But when I moved in, I learned the parents could barely stand to be in the same room, and had planned on separating for months. They had spent the last year fighting in front of their kids. They worked so hard to afford the necessities that the kids were neglected, and turning into verifiable monsters. ✨
-Jill Turner .
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Selamat hari kartini
Dalam rangka memperingati hari Kartini 21 April 2018, Garuda Indonesia Batam memeriahkan dengan menggunakan pakaian kurung khas Melayu.
Dapatkan penawaran menarik diskon spesial hari Kartini hingga 21%
Info lebih lanjut hubungi kantor penjualan Garuda Indonesia Batam atau Bandara Hang Nadim Batam.
Old Town, the ❤️ of Stockholm.
💦 Puddle reflections on Stortorget. I’m really happy that this dull and wet day could result in this photo. I’ve had the idea of reflections of these buildings for a long time but it wasn’t until this day it was possible.