Unbelievably, it’s been a whole year since I graduated. Almost 365 days have passed since I threw that coveted scroll in the air as the most staggering question of all slapped me hard in the face: “what the fuck comes next?” Turns out, it was surviving on two measly freelance contracts, losing my sense of… Continue reading Finding the balance in working 9 to 5 (or 6…sometimes 7….)
Before moving over, I was pretty optimistic about my chances of finding permanent digs in Berlin. Within days of accepting my job offer, I had plastered pleas for an apartment near Mitte across social media, determined that my contract and deposit savings would be enough to convince any landlord that I was the tenant for… Continue reading Four tips for finding a permanent flat in Berlin (mission impossible?)
After a month of symptoms, today I received results from a blood test. On first glance at my papers, I was disappointed to learn that I was still, in fact, healthy. My thyroid was working, my blood cells plentiful, and remarkably given Berlin sunlight hours, I wasn't even lacking in vitamin D.
It has been four weeks since there were tears on toast in Glasgow departures, and the sun rose over the Kilpatrick Hills with the kind of glow which made us wonder why we'd even want to leave. After what feels like decades later, we're now beginning to feel more settled in Berlin. We can navigate… Continue reading Four things I love (and loathe) about living in Berlin
Distance naturally forces you to reflect on the quirks which you regard as typical of your home. For the UK, these may include detailed conversations about the weather, being passionate about the milk-water tea ratio, and a mystifying belief that empire was a good thing - y'know, just British things. Another feature regarded as quintessentially… Continue reading Down with the Sickness: navigating healthcare in Germany