earth to Germany, earth to Germany
Picture it: you wake up one morning in an alien world different from anything you've ever experienced before. The people look vaguely familiar but something's not quite right. Oh sure, they smile and nod, but you suddenly realize that you can't understand a single word that comes out of their mouths, and they don't look like they're getting your gist either. And what's with all the weird food, the strange customs and quirky character traits? You've obviously been transported to another planet overnight.
So what do you do about it? First you learn the local lingo, then you write a book. It's as easy as that.
Planet Germany (also here), Cathy Dobson's first novel, is a delightfully entertaining, highly personal look at life in Germany from a British family's point of view.
This is not one of those how-to survival guides. It won't tell you how to get a residence permit or where to buy the best cuckoo clocks. It won't make you an instant authority on all things German. What it will do is make you smile. It might even make you laugh out loud, especially if you're a foreigner like me who's been in Germany even longer than Cathy has. I found myself constantly nodding and saying "Yep, been there, done that, absolutely spot on." It's a fun, lighthearted read for sure.
So go read it, won't you? Cathy has recently started a blog of her own where you can be privy to more of her insights and get in touch with her. She might even send you an autographed copy of her book if you ask nicely.