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In 2009, having worked for almost ten years without a proper holiday, I finally mustered enough courage to take a trip on my own.  And I chose Berlin.

I had become interested in Street Art and Berlin had featured in a number of articles I had come across and the more I read of other people’s accounts of the city the more it intrigued me.  I booked a luxury hotel at a bargain bucket price on Expedia and cheap flights with Easy Jet and armed with a couple of guidebooks I went to see it for myself.  And I fell in love.  I saw a lot of the city in five days but I knew I had only scratched the surface.  I went back in 2010.  This time for seven days but still left knowing there was a lot more to discover.  In 2011, I decided to leave my job in the City (a decision that baffled and scared my parents in equal measures) and spend more time in Berlin.  I had already booked my third trip at this stage so had another week under my belt by the time I made the arrangements to move.

I found a flat through an agent on the internet, booked more flights with Easy Jet and packed as many of my possessions as I could carry.

I was careful to keep my plans loose so that I could do what I wanted, when I wanted.  I had an idea that I would like to be in Berlin for a year.  I think you need to live somewhere to really get to know it and you need to see it in all seasons.

I was determined to learn to speak German so I took Rosetta Stone Levels 1-5 with me and hoped to study in the mornings and practise during my forays in the afternoons.

I had been thinking about how best to record my experiences and my thoughts about my time in Berlin for a while by the time I set up this blog six weeks into my stay.  Whilst it’s easy to upload photos to Flickr or Facebook, write short and to the point comments on Twitter or write anything and everything in a diary, a blog seemed like the best way to achieve all of the above.

So, time for the experiment.

I’m not usually very good at getting my thoughts down on paper (or onto the web in this case) and I don’t even find it easy to navigate my way around other people’s blogs so this could be an unmitigated disaster.  But as the alternative is not having a record of what will hopefully be the most memorable year of my life, it’s got to be worth a try.

45 thoughts on “About

    1. andBerlin

      Michela, thanks for the kind words and for taking time to check out the blog. I need to try a few more of the ‘Best of the Wurst’ – Berlin has so much on offer though that other things keep getting in the way!

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  1. kopparrox

    I too have been visiting Berlin plenty of times and now that I’m here I am trying to set up a blog focusing on ceramics and Berlin…a blog in a new city, how you’re right,that’s not an easy one! keep up with your work! :)

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    1. andBerlin

      Craig, I’m glad you like the photos, thanks. Berlin is definitely easy to fall in love with and I hope you get to revisit again soon. Thanks for the offer to use your photos, they’re very good, but I already have hundreds of photos of my own that I haven’t been able to use yet – there are so many great things to take photos of in Berlin!

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  2. mimisioux

    Well done for making the move!! It always seems so scary at first, no matter how many times you do it. Until you actually get yourself out there and realise it’s actually all very simple….. Life is all about testing yourself and pushing boundaries! It brings us closer to realise who we are :)
    Keep up the good work here!

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    1. andBerlin

      Thanks for your comment and the compliment. It’s always difficult to push yourself but you’re right, it’s how we move forward and it definitely brings its rewards. I really enjoyed discovering your blog and I love the fact that you decided starting 2012 well by doing something you love would set the tone for the year. You’ve explored some fantastic building and I hope you get onto the roof of the Apple building soon!

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  3. avanthard

    It’s interesting to come across with another ex-Berliner blogger. And see what another person notices around.
    Would be great to meet some time in the future ;)

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    1. andBerlin

      Thanks for checking out my blog and I’m glad you found some things you liked. I agree it’s interesting to see Berlin through another blogger’s eyes – it’s how I’ve found out about some of my favourite places in the city. Would be great to meet in the future.

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    1. andBerlin

      Mauerpark is only a few minutes walk from where I live so it’s one of my regular haunts. I’ve certainly seen some sights there, including the Flohmarkt Frogman as a friend named him! I hope you get to visit Berlin again soon and do some more exploring.

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  4. fotoeins

    Hi! I initially found your blog from uberlin, and I enjoyed reading your most recent post about The Stasi Museum, which I’ve always wanted to see in past visits. I’ve also liked looking through your snaps of street art throughout the Hauptstadt! As part of my year-long travel, I’m looking at this coming fall about staying a number of weeks in Berlin, from which I plan to see various parts of Germany and Europe. Happy blogging!

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    1. andBerlin

      Henry, I’m glad you like the Stasi Museum post. You should definitely visit. It has taken me a long time to make it there but I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone. I really enjoyed checking out your photos from your previous Berlin visits last week and look forward to seeing Berlin through your eyes again later in the year.

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    1. andBerlin

      Mark, I’ve checked out your new blog and you have some great photos on both of your blogs – you have a great eye for composition. I look forward to seeing more images from you!

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  5. Littlemissitchyfeet

    Great you chose Berlin, it´s definitely one of my favourite cities on the planet. I am already looking forward to exploring it a bit more this upcoming September – especially the “green” side of it, which is something I am interested in.
    How´s your german so far? If it´s good enough, you can check out this blog of one of my last visits and which exposes another truly great side of the city (even though the blog is from 2009, ‘Bohème Sauvage’ still exists and is a great recommendation for a night out!): http://littlemissitchyfeet.com/2009/12/09/berlins-einladung-in-die-goldenen-zwanziger/
    Cheers ;-)

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    1. andBerlin

      My German is still poor. I spend too much time exploring and blogging and not enough studying but I read your post with the help of Google Translate. One day I will hopefully be able to read the German. It certainly seems like a fun experience. Thanks for taking the time to make the recommendation.

      I hope you enjoy your visit in September!

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  6. Gretchen O'Donnell

    I look forward to following your time in Berlin! Thanks again so much for finding my blog/post about Berlin – I loved my time there (1986-88) and was back in 2011 for a few days which was also wonderful. (I posted about that in Feb. of this year, I believe.) It truly is a wonderful city – what area do you live in? I was in Dahlem.

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    1. andBerlin

      I’m living in Prenzlauer Berg but I do my best to get out and about all over the city. I haven’t been to Dahlem yet but I’m sure I will do soon. Berlin is such a wonderful place with so much to see it just takes a while to get around everything!

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      1. Gretchen O'Donnell

        Oh, absolutely. The Dahlem Museum is pretty neat – it’s right at the Frei Universitat (I lived about half a block from it) – and there’s a place with a lot of flowers near there, too – I can’t think of the right word/name for it! And, of course, the Dahlem Dorf U-Bahn station is adorable – it’s got a thatched roof!

  7. Sarah

    I wish I had found your blog BEFORE visiting Berlin for the first time last week, instead of today :) but I loved the place SO much I now want to read everything I can about it, can’t wait to go back! Lucky you getting to live there for a while…..

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    1. andBerlin

      I’m glad you like the blog Sarah and that you like Berlin. I hope you find some ideas for your next visit. I’d recommend checking out uberlin.co.uk and slowtravelberlin.com too if you’re keen to read more.

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  8. bollychees

    Thanks for stopping by our blog and liking our post on “Looking on the Bright Side”. We will be heading to Berlin for the marathon and your blog will definitely be a useful reference and hence will start following your posts! :)

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  9. A

    Thanks for checking out my blog! Awesome that you liked the post about Hamburger Heaven. I hope to get a more comprehensive of cheeseburgers in Berlin (as well as other food-related locales)! Glad you’re loving your time in Berlin – I look forward to reading more of your upcoming posts!

    Cheers from a fellow Berlin explorer

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    1. andBerlin

      There are lots of great burger joints in Berlin. I’ll be posting about one next week. I look forward to more of your recommendations. I haven’t been to Hamburger Heaven yet but will definitely check it out.

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  10. lauren would

    I’ve moved to Berlin for similar reasons (came here twice last year and could not get over how much I loved the city)

    Anyway, maybe we could meet someday?!

    I’ve been here for about two weeks now and am meeting so many amazing people all of the time (bad people too, of course ;) )

    Keep the amazing blog posts coming!
    I wanted to go to the Tempelhof exhibit, but sadly I didn’t make it.

    Best,

    Lauren

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    1. andBerlin

      Lauren, I love to hear from people who love Berlin like I do. I’m not in Berlin at the moment but would be great to meet when I’m back in the city.

      The Robert Montgomery billboards are still there at Tempelhof. Just walk along Columbiadamm from Platz der Luftbruecke U-Bahn station and they are on the right hand side in front of the Airport buildings.

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  11. andasfortoday

    I fell in love with Berlin, I really hope to go and live in Berlin soon, have you managed to get a job out there? That’s the one concern I have, not being able to speak German, I would learn out there like you are! Hope you are having an amazing time!

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    1. andBerlin

      I am having an incredible time thanks – I’ve been here almost a year now and it has to be the best year of my like. I haven’t got a job yet but I’m about to start looking. It’s a wonderful city and I’m not surprised you fell in love with it. I’m sure if you really want to live here you can make it happen. I would recommend coming here with some savings though.

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  12. Moya

    I adore this blog! I came across it looking for urban exploration suff to do in Berlin but then, I discovered so much more! I have been living in Berlin for the past three years now and it’s refreshing to experience the city through your eyes. Now that is wintertime, I complain a lot about the weather (I’m from Rio) but reading your blog just makes me want to go outside anyway and explore. Keep up the good work!

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    1. andberlin Post author

      Eine neue ‘About’ Seite ist auf meiner ‘to-do’ liste. Jetzt werde ich auch etwas auf Deutsch schreiben.

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