Hello! I’m Vanessa!
I’m a Londoner who is now proud to call herself a Scouser (although I’m still working on my eyebrows…). Let me tell you more:
Even I get confused when I talk about my background. I was brought up in England, but I spent most of my education at the German School in London, so people say I am bilingual. Then I jumped ship and studied Japanese at university and lived over there in various countryside areas for 5 years – both continuing with my studies and working hard in international relations. After that I worked in Japanese TV news for a couple of years in London and met the LEATHER part of this blog. Jason and I went to Berlin for a fun weekend and when we realised how cheap it was, we literally decided to jump ship and live in the capital of Germany for a few years. Here we started our own business (www.wao-services.com) and by working part-time we realised how crazy our life in London used to be. Everything is overpriced, stressful and busy. Although I LOVE London, I don’t want to work crazy hours for someone else ever again. It was time to leave the country with the best Gummibears (they are much softer and tastier in Germany) and move back to England to work on our dream.
We mostly blog about food (as this is my favourite thing in the world), but we dapple into posts about our lives, travels, board games… it’s such a long list, I will just ask you to have a look yourself! I would like to say thank you for reading, do keep in touch and I hope the website helps you in some way, whether it is just stalking us to see how many Bratwursts one person can eat or whether you ended up here randomly and need to get some board gaming advice…
Welcome to our story…
My name is Jason and I am the ‘Leather’ part of Leather & Abel. Whilst I can’t claim to have any family links to Germany, I fell in love with the country after visiting Germany for the first time in 2012 and seeing how life was like in both Berlin and a tiny village outside of Hannover.
One of my main interests are Languages – I’ve studied French and Spanish at school, got a degree in Japanese at university and worked in Japan for some years. I never thought I would make a jump from Japanese to German but it’s amazing where life, and pure gut-feeling, can take you sometimes.
My hobbies are not exclusive to learning Languages however, I’m a big fan of food and cooking, music/dancing (especially swing and 50’s rock’n’roll era) and games, both the video and board variety.
I hope to share with you through this blog updates of my efforts to learn German, stories of my acclimatisation to life in a new country and the many new adventures and experiences I go through when living in what The Simpsons has eternally branded in my mind as ‘The Land of Chocolate’.