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Germany, it’s More Than Bratwurst & Weißbier: A young family’s adventures through German culture & lifestyle Kindle Edition
Married to his childhood sweetheart with three young sons, Martin vows he’ll do anything to take care of them. Even moving to Germany—without them—to make enough money to survive. While sending money back to his wife, Martin must wait a heartbreaking year and a half for his family to join him.
Once they do, they focus on rebuilding their lives and exploring the local culture. Welcomed with open arms by the local’s community, this young family still has many obstacles to overcome in this memoir about overcoming and persevering no matter what.
This book offers a unique snapshot of the challenges faced by one young family while seeking a new life in Germany. Martin’s inspiring motivation to improve his career prospects, care for his family, and lay down new roots will move you. You’ll experience his hardships, revel in his victories, and discover the true nature of Germany a year after the Berlin wall fell. Be ready to laugh, to cry, and to watch this family bounce back from everything life throws at them in this heartwarming memoir that proves that love conquers all.
- ASIN : B08FYQ48WX
- Language : English
- File size : 9832 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 164 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,630 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The story’s beginning is not easy. Life threw some curve balls that would have defeated many people. Not Martin.
He had a young wife and family and they were his driving force. He moved to Germany in search of work and worked all the hours he could while his wife Vanessa stayed at home with their three young children. Wow! That’s a tough. Yet the Barber team pulled together over the miles. The back story laid the ground work for an adventure that was, at times a real rollercoaster and I breathed a sigh of relief when Vanessa and the boys joined Martin in Germany.
If you like travel books you will love this. Martin’s power of description paints such vivid pictures of a very beautiful country. If you haven’t been to Germany you might add it to your list. Martin talks with true affection of the wonderful people they met and the lasting friendships they made. The welcome they received eased them into a new life and an amazing culture. The Germans are such friendly welcoming people and so happy to share their culture. It’s a beautiful country with breathtaking scenery and fairy tale castles. And yes, the pastries are very tempting and seriously yummy. I got all of that from the book but I am lucky. I’ve experienced the welcome, the culture and the beauty and Martin describes it beautifully.
It’s well know I’m not fond of football yet Martin’s description of Euro 96 had me on the edge of my seat. Unbelievable that I could get so involved. Well, Martin changed my view of motorbikes too!!! I’m not telling you the outcome. You will have to read the book.
What this young family achieved over the years will inspire people. The setbacks were seen as challenge and Martin grasped life by the throat determined that, with Vanessa’s support, their young family would thrive. They did and the adventures are a joy to read. The young Martin literally worked his socks of but also made sure there were fun times. These regularly included family and friends who joined them on their adventures.
It’s wonderful to know that Martin and Vanessa, the indomitable team that refused to give in, now enjoy a life they richly deserve. They prove that hard work, loyalty to friends and workmates, and that important quality in life, humility, gets you a long way. I’m not giving anything away here but their is a chapter in the book that shows true humility. I have to say though, I enjoyed every chapter. I felt a bit lost when I finished the book. I wanted more. I am eagerly looking forward to the next book.
I’d like to finish by using my title. “If you only read one book this year, make it this book”. It’s a story of absolute determination. Hard work and inspiration. A story told from the solid foundations of a love between two people. It kept them going. I felt joy at the end but... OMG! I am in awe of the young Martin...
Really got the feel of what Martin,Ness and family experienced in Germany soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Culture, work ethic, friendliness, and much more. Got right into the book, Martin’s writing has a humour about it, and an honesty, showing their ups and downs as a young family in a foreign Country, initially with little grasp of the lingo. As the story develops you find yourself willing them to succeed, for Martin to get well paid work without having to be away from home, and for them to be able to spend more time together as a family. Read how they are welcomed, looked after, and helped by their neighbours who become their friends. The book has hardships and successes for both Martin’s family and workmates, but when Martin does succeed, he ensures that his colleagues benefit too. What stood out was how principled and genuine a couple Martin and Ness are, and how much love, faith and respect they must have had for each other back then, and evidently from reading this book, still do. Read this, and you will want to have them as your friends. Let’s hope that Martin has plenty of time to write about his life’s next chapter during lockdown.
Heartwarming tales of adopting another culture including festivals, friendly neighbours, children learning how to speak German before their parents. New jobs, jobs that didn't work out colleagues getting different pay packets (I felt the cold weather up on the roof in these chapters). Low tolerance for schnapps (day time drinking stories). Snow, BMWs and vans. Don't forget the World Cup!
The secret hero is Martin's wife, Vanessa. No internet or video calling home in those days... three children and a language barrier. What a trooper!