Four tips for finding a permanent flat in Berlin (mission impossible?)

Before moving, 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 them.… Continue reading Four tips for finding a permanent flat in Berlin (mission impossible?)

Four things I love (and loathe) about living in Berlin

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

Down with the Sickness: navigating healthcare in Germany

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

Do you really need to speak German to live here?

Since moving to Germany, I’ve been appalled to discover that I must have something of a British demeanour. Maybe it's the translucent skin, the enthusiasm for self-deprecating humour, or even being consistently poorly dressed for the cold. But it is surely the only explanation for being spoken to in English before I’ve even attempted speaking… Continue reading Do you really need to speak German to live here?