A pretty nice year for me in 2015 because of the blogs I deal with, but a year that will end with my move to a new country.
All started in 2008. The crisis that started with the financial institutions of Europe and USA led to the informal bankruptcy of Greece.
Suddenly, while within two years most of the countries that had a problem with the Global Crisis had returned, Greece could not do so.
My parents had a common hair salon in an area of downtown Athens. Various unfortunate choices along with the situation prevailing in the country led my parents to close the salon and try their luck abroad in early 2015.
I will not go into details about what and how, nor will I judge at this time whether or not such a decision was correct even in retrospect. What matters is that although I never thought I would move to Germany, i did.
It’s December 2, 2015 and with the ticket in my hands I get on the plane with a small hand luggage destined for Germany.
The purpose of my trip is to see my parents and not to move to Germany.
But my goal is also to see if there are business opportunities in this country with a budget of 25,000€ in cash.
Germany’s economy and potential have been and continue to be much greater than Greece’s.
At the same time, however, the difficulties are much greater. You are in a foreign country at just 27 and without being able to speak German.
Eventually I stayed 2 months with my parents having almost decided to try my luck in Germany myself.
As I made plans and tried to persuade the then girlfriend now almost my wife to follow me, I also found a job to have some income.
4 months have passed and in the spring of 2016 we came together with my girlfriend to try our luck here permanently.
My mind has been thinking for a long time now about what the next step might be.
This time I wanted something different and especially with instant cashflow. After analyzing some ideas on how I could use the cash, I concluded that it would be worthwhile to open a small cafe.
Although my girlfriend is a pedagogical graduate, she had a lot of experience in coffee. It is common in Greece for almost all graduates to work in cafes.
In the mornings we both went to school to learn German, and in the afternoons, if I didn’t work somewhere, I would look for a place for a coffee.