I’m Charlotte. Named after a princess…I think. Myself and my two sisters were all named after queens or princesses. As well as two sisters I have one younger brother who has suffered me hen pecking him for most of his life. When I was little I used to wake him up at 7am on the weekends and make him practise baton twirling with me. He was pretty good!
I turned 27 last month but refer to myself as a “Kinder Surprise” since it’s a surprise to me that I’m not a kinder anymore.
I used to live in Japan. I studied at Kinjo Gakuin University in Nagoya as an exchange student, then went back there on the JET Programme to work as a junior high school teacher for two years. I don’t think I’d live in Japan again since the cons outweigh the pros now, but I’m thinking of at least visiting again some time in the coming year.
I get what I’m going to call “life anxious” sometimes, when I get myself all worked up because I feel that I’ve not done enough with my life already. You may laugh and say that I’ve lived in two different countries and have a good job and am seeing the world. But I know people who’ve taken paths that I almost took – like learning Chinese in Taiwan, working on the Peace Boat, learning Korean – and I start beating myself up about me not having done these things as well. Perhaps it’s an expat thing, perhaps it’s a gen y thing. No idea.
I eat gluten free because wheat creates a horrible rash next to my nose, and I’m vegetarian 90% of the time. I eat fish or meat once a week, but am considering sticking to meat and not fish after reading an article about how we are overfishing the seas. I drink as much tea as possible (I use Tea Horse tea subscription service – highly recommended!) I’m not really one for alcohol though I like a nice beer with a meal, and red wine is my drink of choice at all other times. I don’t like olives.
I live in Frankfurt, Germany, with 4 German humans and 2 Tunisian cats. The photo above is of Nerina, and Yannick is the other one. As I write this, Yannick is asleep on my feet and Nerina has found a way into my suitcase which is stood upright. I have no idea how she’s going to get herself out of there.
I’m from a little town called Bury St Edmunds, but if you ask me where I’m from I’ll tell you Cambridge because people (even fellow Brits) have never heard of Bury St Edmunds. I once had to draw a map for my Liverpudlian flatmate to explain where Suffolk is because she didn’t “know anything about the South”.
Here in Frankfurt I work for Nintendo where I translate games from Japanese to English. I’m not sure if I’m able to mention some of the games I’ve worked on, or even my favourite project so far, but I’m sure you can imagine the type of thing I do for a living.
So, I guess that’s it for me! I’d love to know more about the people who read my blog so I tag all of you reading this and hope that you leave me lots of nice links in the comments section!