Berlin, Life, Travel

Summer 2018 in Berlin.

What’s summer like in Berlin? Well, there’s a lot of sunshine. A lot of afternoons spent spread out on picnic blankets, grazing on hummus and carrots and drinking beer. A lot of visits to the many lakes around the city, to escape the heat. A lot of cycling to meet friends, to watch sunsets from […]

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Berlin, Life

How to celebrate International Women’s Day in Berlin.

March 8 is International Women’s Day, or Frauen*kampftag in Germany, which, for the unacquainted (welcome out from under your rock), is a day to commemorate the fight for women’s rights, and to celebrate how far we’ve come. This year’s theme is #PressforProgress, in response to recent movements in journalism to fight for equality, like the […]

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Berlin, Life

Looking back at 2017.

Well, that’s it then. 2017 is done and dusted, as of today. In fact, in Australia (and, okay, New Zealand first) it’s already well into the new year. Here in Berlin, the fresh new start we’ve all been waiting for is a matter of hours away. And I think it’s important to take stock of […]

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Berlin, Travel

Berlin in Autumn: a photo diary.

It’s been a super long time since I wrote a blog post because I’ve been bogged down attempting (and subsequently failing) NaNoWriMo. So no more excuses, I thought I’d throw together my favourite autumny snaps to look back on from this autumn in Berlin. This post is just a big old photo diary. If you […]

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Berlin

Starting German language classes in Berlin.

I’ve previously blogged about my slow start to learning German in Berlin, but as I wrote, I hadn’t been going to too much effort in order to learn the language of the country I now call home. Well, that’s now changed! I’ve signed up to language classes and I’m starting to actively learn German. Finally, right?

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Berlin, Travel

My summer in Berlin.

I swear it just started, but summer seems to be disappearing before my very eyes. And while everyone’s told me Berlin summer is amazing, I think this summer the weather hasn’t been that great. There’s been a lot of rainy days and storms. While I’m hoping for a pretty amazing late summer, I thought I’d […]

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Berlin

Learning German in Berlin

I moved to Berlin in April 2017, and I didn’t know any German except for how to say hello, please and thank you. I initially planned to do an intensive course for a month, three hours a day for four nights a week. But then I realised that I was moving to Berlin at the start of summer, and I didn’t want to spend four nights a week in a classroom (on top of working full-time), when I could be out enjoying everything that Berlin has to offer in the long summer evenings.

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Going to the Ausländerbehörde in Berlin (without an appointment).

If you’re moving to Germany (specifically Berlin) for work or study, and you’re planning to get a visa while you’re in Berlin, you’ll need to go to the Foreigners Office (Ausländerbehörde) to get your visa. It’s possible to go without an appointment (as I did) however it will require camping out overnight. I’ll explain in […]

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Why I moved to Berlin.

My first impression of Berlin was the May Day weekend. At the time I was 22, living in London, and travelling as much as I could while working full time as a copywriter…

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