So after two months of packing and unpacking, soul-searching and moving I have finally reached my final destination – Berlin. The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of all sorts of emotions. Some good, some bad, but all part of the process of getting settled in a new country, a new hometown, a new home.
Home is where the heart is they say. Although my heart hasn’t quite arrived yet – I’m sure it’s just stuck in traffic or something – I can already say that I’m loving Berlin. In the past few years I’ve become so used to the hustle and bustle of the big city life in London that I knew I had to move to Berlin. And although Berlin is probably the most colourful and bustling city of them all within the national boundaries of good old Germany, it’s still so different to London.
What I noticed first were the relatively empty streets. When I walked back home from the tram station last night at around 12am – it was a Friday – I saw exactly one person walking her dog. But even during the day there aren’t nearly as many people on the streets as in London….it’s actually possible to walk around without having to linger behind some huge group of people, who won’t pick up their pace.
The second thing I noticed was the distinct Berlin style. I had heard people talk about it – just like they talk about London style – but it really is something unique; much more unique than the London style. I love the undone, alternative vibe…it lacks even the slightest hint of pretentiousness, it’s cool, laid back, alternative and totally whatever.
The people are equally laid back, super diverse (loads of people are talking English to each other because they all come from so many different countries) and very friendly. It’s so easy to get talking with random people on the street and I’ve grown super fond of the Berlin dialect – again, there’s not a hint of pretentiousness to be found.
Let me know if you fancy hearing more about Berlin and my adventures here in the big city. This is such an exciting chapter of my life and I’d love to share it with you.