When she started her new position in Germany, however, she had to give up her own apartment for the time being. “For the first few weeks, I lived at a hotel, and it all seemed more like a business trip,” Calza recalls. “But my new colleagues took me in and gave me such a warm welcome that I quickly felt at home anyway.” The Brazilian decided to learn German quickly and went to classes three times a week – but it didn’t really work out. “I was obsessed with learning German. But this only made me stressed and irritable,” she admits today. So she changed her strategy and decided to enjoy her new life more. “I wanted to get out there and get to know the people and the country better. So I joined sports classes and spent my weekends traveling around Germany.” And lo and behold – at CrossFit she met plenty of new people and was often invited to barbecues and out for drinks. As a result of these social gatherings, learning German took care of itself.
Today, Bruna Calza rarely feels homesick: “I learn and discover something new here every day. So I hardly have time to sit around and miss anything.” But whenever she does long for home, she cooks or bakes Brazilian specialties. She usually finds the exotic ingredients she needs at the Asian supermarket. “I love the multicultural society here,” she says with a broad smile.