Bookworm’s Nook: Journey to Germany

Bookworm’s Nook:

Journey to Germany

Today, we have a fun chat with Ms Andrea Cunningham of Creatively Yours Arc!

(Andrea is currently staying in a small village called Klein Gerau, about 30 minutes from Frankfurt Germany.)

About Creatively Yours:

Creatively Yours was born from a desire to do things differently.  For years I have been helping behind the scenes in corporate America to help companies achieve the ease and efficiency of streamlined organization, event coordination, mailings, spreadsheet maintenance and anything else an administrative assistant can be asked to do.  I am ready to offer my services to those who see their business growing beyond the 9 to 5.  Those who are willing to expand their services to include a team player that knows how to get things done efficiently within the timelines set forth.  Time is money.  Let my skills enhance your business.
Themes and Dreams now available on Amazon
Follow Creatively Yours on Twitter:  @cre8vlyyours
Find Andrea on Twitter: @authcunningham
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Q: What is the best part of being away from home, creatively?

A: I am learning that without the pressure of “home issues” I am able to write quite freely.  It’s amazing how much I am getting done because my phone is not ringing, I am sleeping properly and I don’t have to worry about where to be at what time.  It’s a blessing and I want to remember this feeling and duplicate it when I get back home.  My creative work is just as important as the “rat race”.

Q: How did you choose Germany?

A: In 2006 I was blessed to meet in person a friend I’d been conversing with online at that point for about 5 years.  We share the same birthday and are more alike than I could ever imagine.  She has graciously opened her home near Frankfurt to me and I am debating on how long I am staying.  Maybe 2 or 3 months.  So far I have been here for 1 month and having a wonderful time.  Shout out to Sabine for being such a great friend!

Q: What are the major differences between Germany and the United States?

A: From my personal experience so far (this is my 3rd time here) these are the main differences I see:
There are very few SUV’s on the streets….and a ton of Smart cars.  Compact cars, smart designs inside homes and a general “green” campaign are just a few of the things.  They recycle their glass in brown, green and white.  It’s amazing. Culturally, I had to get used to being stared at a lot.  I am staying in a relative “village” and there are not many Black people around here.  So people openly stare at me here.  Rude?  Yes.  But I am adjusting.  (LOL)

Q: If you could give us a visual, detailing one of the most beautiful things you’ve seen on your trip, what would you write?

A: We went to a free concert in a historic part of Germany (Wiesbaden) and there is a huge “high roller” casino, that was gorgeously lit with a huge Ferris wheel placed in front of it just for the festival.  It was so romantic, beautiful and breath-taking that I will definitely be writing a love scene about that image/night. 

Q: Many people, especially those who have started a family or are heavily depended upon, do not find time to follow their heart and take time to recharge. What do you tell them, and how do they defeat that guilt?

A: Although I do not have children of my own, I am very heavily depended upon by both my family and my tight circle of friends.  I felt VERY guilty when someone said, “You will be missed more than you know when you are away.”
It could have stopped me in my tracks, made me cancel my flight and stay in that particular person’s face. It might sound morbid, but if I died tomorrow, everyone’s life would go on.  I’m not saying I’m not important to the people that love me. But at the end of the day, if I did not take this trip, life would have continued on just as it has — because I decided to go ahead and get on the plane.
Responsibility (especially familial) is no joke, but people will ebb and flow like they always do when you are not around.  In the end it will really be okay.  Take time for you, your family will be better for it in the end, because you are building yourself up to care for them.

Q: What, in your opinion, is the difference between following your heart, and running away?

A: I struggled with taking this trip and was questioned by several different people in my circle about why I had to go for 3 months.  First, I must say, that I have always been somewhat impulsive in nature.  So it would be nothing for me to run away.  However, I think following my heart (giving up my apartment, selling most of my possessions, and taking this “break” from my Pennsylvania life) has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.  It was a planned out decision, full of self-doubt along the way, but I’m glad I did this. Running away seems to imply that you have no direction.  I feel like this decision/direction is very clear.

Q: What is your current work in progress, and what influence will this journey have on your writing?

A: Currently, I am working on novel, with a main character that is a “looney tune”.  I am working on a collection of short stories, “Themes and Dreams 2”.  The first collection, “Themes and Dreams (I), is currently available on Amazon.

I am blessed to have a hostess who is showing me the beauty of her country, and doesn’t mind stopping to let me take pictures with both my camera and my mind.  There are so many images that I am processing for future writing.  I am excited to share this trip in the most creative ways with my readers and supporters.

Q: What is your favorite thing to say, as you learn to speak German.

A: “Dings vom Doch” – Literal translation:  Things on the Roof.

This is one of my favorite game shows over here. I love game shows in general, so it’s funny that I immediately found one I like.  A panel is given weird items, and they have to figure out what it’s used for.  After they take their guesses a short video shows how they are used.  It’s very entertaining and funny. (Although I don’t speak much German, body language says so much.)

schön – (2 dots over the o)  – Beautiful, lovely, pretty.

Entschuldigung – I’m sorry (it’s fun to say with so many syllables)

Thank you RH Ramsey for allowing me to share my thoughts!!!

Thank you, Andrea, for sharing your journey, your future projects, and for reminding us all of how inspiring a getaway can be!

Connect with Andrea online:

Themes and Dreams now available on Amazon
Follow Creatively Yours on Twitter:  @cre8vlyyours
Find Andrea on Twitter: @authcunningham
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10 comments
    • You know you’re welcome. I thank you for sharing. I enjoyed you, and I wish you the best. I look forward to reading the many interviews to come. Hint,hint. (And I believe you know exactly what I’m talking about.)

  1. Thank you Rhonda for interviewing Andrea. I could see that it would be easier to write a book without the normal distractions at home.

    • You’re so welcome, and thank you for stopping by 🙂

      Well, yes. I don’t mind the “distractions” .. you can really apply the background noise without even realizing it! But I suppose a journey to a quiet place would be pretty interesting. My husband I talk about this type of getaway allll the time, lol!!

  2. rsrote said:

    what a nice interview–my favorite thing to learn in German class was “ins Kino zu gehen”-going to the movies =)

    • I love it. Like Andrea said — those syllables sound like a looot of fun.

  3. Very nice. I’ve never been. Sounds interesting!

    • My parents spent a lot of time there (my father was in the Army) and I’ve heard some beautiful stories. I enjoyed hearing about it from Andrea’s perspective .. reminded me of my parents’ stories.

  4. Cynthia said:

    It is awesome to visit far off places, learn the language, enjoy the culture, and try the local foods…. Germany sounds like an adventure for sure.

  5. This is a great interview. I wish Creatively Yours all the success. I’m sure Andrea will really make it take off with all her great experiences!

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