It’s been a while…With the exception of a few Facebook posts, we’ve been a little quiet on the blogging front over the past year or so. Reason being, ever since we left Colombia in May last year, our lives have been a little more complicated than expected. The Englishman moved to Germany and so being German, I thought I should move to England to keep things symmetrical. Like a school exchange trip but for grown ups.

And then during our respective moves, our jobs kept dragging us away for deployments to Palestine, the Dominican Republic, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, to Somaliland, and back to Colombia. This left us with little time and energy for personal travel but we are determined to change that again, especially given I have recently had my DNA tested and now really want to explore the countries of my apparent ancestors.

Chris dressing like a local in Afghanistan - almost

I have always been intrigued by what my family roots might be but I have only been able to trace my ancestors back to the year 1791 on my dad’s side of the family. I knew that a large part of my DNA would be German, but I didn’t think that almost 50% of my DNA would originate from other regions. Being blonde and blue eyed, I suspected that I had a bit of Scandinavian in me but I had no idea it would be as much as 20%. I secretly like the idea of my ancestors being fierce Vikings but more importantly, this may explain my love of herring and Swedish meatballs.

The next biggest percentage of my DNA came as a total surprise. Ever since I first came to the UK as a 19-year old Au Pair, I have had a thing for the Brits with their charming accents and love of tea. But although I have lived in the UK on and off for almost 10 years and am married to a slightly Italian Brit, I had no idea that I actually had British ancestry myself. Having said that, considering both Vikings (i.e. Scandinavians) and the Anglo-Saxons (i.e. Germans) invaded good old Blighty at some stage, it actually makes sense. This may also finally explain why I am one of the few Germans who loves queuing and gets really annoyed if someone pushes in. Unlike Brits however, I can’t remain polite in such a situation and the blunt German in me comes out straight away to tell off the rude queue-jumper.

Camel selfie in Somaliland

So while Germany, Scandinavia and Great Britain make up the majority of my DNA, I ever so slightly squealed when I found out that some of my ancestors came from the Iberian Peninsula (i.e. Spain and Portugal) which makes me 5% Hispanic. This finally explains why I have always loved the Spanish language and anything Latino, from the people, to the food, and of course the music. As soon as I hear Salsa, Tango or Bachata music, my feet invariably drag me to the dance floor. My stiff Northern European hips still come through occasionally but eventually the Latin passion definitely takes over.

My genetic roots

The remaining 10% of my DNA is a mix of Southern and Eastern European countries and even some Middle Eastern and Caucasian countries which again is a huge surprise. Having had my DNA tested was absolutely fascinating and my results were completely unexpected. It certainly makes me want to explore the regions my ancestors once called home, so watch this space…


Have you had your DNA tested? If so, have your results been as surprising as mine?


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Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

28 Thoughts on “Why testing my DNA completely took me by surprise

  1. Eva María Rodríguez Díaz on September 18, 2021 at 4:06 pm said:

    Que maravilla. Eres una hija del mundo. Fabuloso!!! Fuerte abrazo hermana de la tierra!

  2. Haven’t. Yet. Maybe I, too, will get a surprise. Actually, I want to be surprised!

  3. What a fascinating journey round the world through your DNA! I’m planning to get a kit for my husband, he and his sister have been looking at their family history and have traced back quite a few centuries so would be fascinating!
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  4. How interesting to find your roots through DNA testing. I understand what you mean about being able to only trace your family tree back so far. Interesting that you can match so many of your personality traits to your ancestry. I am sure that my hubby with no music sense at all would have no latin heritage in him! I have not yet had my DNA tested. I have toyed with the idea to understand my medical history. But it might be fun to add places to our travel wish list based on ancestry. Enjoy your discoveries.

  5. That sounds fascinating. I do wonder if you are right and your love of queuing comes from British ancestry! So where will you be going first?
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  6. What a cool idea! I didn’t know what kind of results these kinds of tests would produce, I have to say I’m impressed at the accuracy and breakdown of the data! Learning about your ancestry through DNA is a fascinating way to learn about yourself and your family. I might consider doing it myself sometime soon. Thanks for the inspiration!
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  7. How interesting. I should have mine done, too, and pattern my travels from where I came! Thanks for the idea!

  8. Carissa on October 8, 2021 at 6:39 am said:

    I wanted to try getting this DNA testing kit since I stumbled upon some interesting videos a long time ago about stories of finding someone’s relative through this DNA testing kit and at the same time discovering their roots too. Thank you for sharing this! I was always curious to discover my roots and I also love surprises so maybe this is a sign to finally get a kit for myself.

  9. I am intrigued by my DNA too, although I am doubtful how accurate these tests are. The good thing though is it shows really how mixed we all are - before borders were put in place people moved much more freely, and really we are all a mixture of everything, so not that different from each other in the end 🙂

  10. Amazing how science can now trace your ancestry. I want to surprise myself too!

  11. No, I’ve never had my DNA tested. I suspect it would be a really big mixed bag mostly originating from Europe. We know my mom’s family came from Italy and that there’s Polish on my dad’s side. But we don’t know much about my dad’s side. We do know he also has some American Indian in his lineage, so it’s probably quite a few things.
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  12. Pretty cool to get your DNA tested and understand where your roots are from. I am pretty sure mine would be mostly Indian but then just like you were surprised to find Hispanic traces in yours, maybe I’ll be surprised too! I should give this a thought. I’d love to go explore the places my DNA came from.

  13. Great blog! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Thanks for all the hard work. Appreciate the brushes, which are very well done. Keep up the good work.

  15. Awesome article. Thanks for sharing..

  16. It’s really new experience for me. I have never been through such blog on DNA testing. It’s pleasing for me and i am definitely going to share this with my travel mates.

  17. I haven’t done DNA test. But this is awesome article. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Awesome findings!

    Just went down a google rabbit hole search, intrigued by the whole DNA testing idea. I haven’t gotten my DNA tested yet. As far as I know, I’m 100% Italian.

    But with lighter hair and blue eyes, I’ve always wondered where my ancestors may have immigrated to Italy from.

  19. This is just to find your root, I actually want to get surprised. Thanks for sharing this, it was interesting to read.

  20. Wait what??. This is a complete mind-blowing idea
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  21. WOW, never though of testing my DNA…probably I’m going to find interesting stuff
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  22. We, as humans are more realted that we think. We are all mixed up - its time to give a hand and love each other, no matter race or origin.
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  23. ok nice post .. keep posting

  24. The finding has caused tension within House’s family, and some members continue to doubt it. That is the risk with DNA tests, she says: not everyone is ready to learn that what they believe to be true, is not – especially secondhand. “You don’t have to have tested yourself to discover that your father is not your father.” And as more DNA is added to the database, you could be in store for more surprises.

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