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We saved Berlin for years, keeping it in our pocket as a place we knew we’d love to spend time. The expectations built up, and by the time we finally made it, we were somewhat afraid the city may not live up to the stories that had drawn us. Would it be the laidback, arty haven that so many raved about? It was that, and it was more. We lived there for five months, and fell in love a little deeper every day. It was a life of bikes, brunches, old fashioneds, inventive ice-creams and strolls along the canal. It may be our favourite city. Here’s a little taste of what our digital nomad life in Berlin looked like…
We started by moving into a little apartment in Bergmannkiez, Kreuzberg. It’s a little more like Prenzlaueur Berg than the rest of Kreuzberg, which makes it a little fancy. I had a very beautiful desk –a tranquil spot until I turned round to Steve’s side of the room!
If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like to edit a film, then here it is! I felt a little like I was in an episode of Homeland, in the midst of an epic mystery with Steve as chief investigator.
Later we moved to the canal, and the Neukölln side of Kreuzberg – a little less fancy and in the midst of the Kreuzberg buzz.
We lived next to this bridge and I never tired of the view, day…
… or night. Sometimes we’d spot a kayak, or people just floating on rubber dinghys, beers in hand and a ghetto blaster on the go.
Our second apartment had a little reminder for me to write. It was small place with space for only one desk, so I spent much of my time in cafes.
Luckily, there were plenty to choose from. My favourites became Katies Blue Cat …
… and Tishendorf on Friedelstrasse.
In Bergmannkiez, I loved Kiez Rösteri, a serious coffee house with every brew you can think of. They also roast their own beans.
As always, I ate lots of cake.
Katulki, also on Friedelstrasse, did perfect bite size morsels.
But my favourite cakes of all were the filled muffins in Bully’s Bakery. They also make great pizza.
We bought bikes and rode everywhere, taking photos along the way.
There’s no end of interesting sights as you cycle the streets of Berlin. Whether it be some awesome art …
… an excellent dog ….
… or a statue wearing a t-shirt.
Berlin is the most bike-friendly city I’ve ever been to and we both revelled in adopting two wheels.
Bikes are so popular, there are even inner tube vending machines!
Berlin is the closest we’ve been to the UK since we left to go travelling, so at weekends friends often came to visit.
One of them got stuck in a tree.
We’d take them to our favourite brunch spots – Lagari …
… and Bastard. Berlin is all about the brunch at weekends, and to our delight they serve it all day.
We finally bought a slack line and understood how much more difficult it is than it looks. It was the perfect pastime in Berlin’s proliferation of beautiful parks.
Our favourite was Tempelhof, an old airport whose grounds have been made into parkland. There’s a baseball pitch, allotments, a dog park, vast swatches of nature reserve, and more appears each week.
We loved cycling down the runway and playing the art mini golf where each hole had been designed by a different artist.
Sometimes we went to galleries …
… stumbled across new bars …
… or watched karaoke in Mauerpark.
We drank a lot of cocktails.
Berlin is full of great food. Our friends, Dan and Audrey, introduced us to our what became our favourite Turkish restaurant – Azzam at 54 Sonnenallee – where we could both eat for less than €10.
We also loved Baraka for Egyptian / Moroccan feasts.
And every week, we looked forward to Street Food Thursday for a taste of world cuisine in the bustling Markthalle Neun.
The city never gets old. There’s always something new to do – a bar to discover, a bike ride to take, food to eat, and streets to wander.
Oh Berlin, we miss you. We know we’ll soon be back. You are, after all, the city where we got engaged!