I’ve smiled, I’ve cried, I’ve laughed more than ever before and I’ve sat on a pavement at 6am with a Döner…Berlin it’s been a blast!
I’m just starting to catch my breath from what has been the craziest whirlwind 6 months and it suddenly dawned on me, this time last year I had no idea where I’d be going on my year abroad or what I’d be doing. To be honest, I had no idea that any of what I’ve just done was even a possibility. I went off to Berlin a little naive and with little expectation but with a lot of hope and just decided to see what would happen. And now I’m so glad I did.
One thing is for sure, I have been incredibly lucky with the people I’ve met and the job I landed and it’s fair to say that I couldn’t have had a better time. I was accepted for a job I was, quite frankly, incredibly inexperienced for but have flourished into finding my passion due to the support and responsibility given to me by a wonderfully driven and kind team.
It definitely wasn’t all smooth sailing but I think why it’s been so amazing. I’ve been pushed to do things I otherwise never would have and I have learnt things solely because of the difficulties I had and the amazing number of new experiences I had.
I think back to last Summer so often, and then realise that I mean nearly my whole time in Berlin. Even in October, when my mum came to visit for her birthday weekend, we were in t-shirts and sunglasses having breakfast at the Käfer Dachrestaurant.
I still can’t listen to Milky Chance without simultaneously smiling and tearing up, it perfectly sums up my Berlin Summer, and the night seeing them live at the Citadel was something I’ll hold dear to me forever.
Some things are for sure, it’s been a once a lifetime experience, I’ve met friends that I will undoubtedly hold onto for life and have definitely caught up on all the trouble I missed as a teen in a small village.
I already miss Berlin so much, this has been the best 6 months of my life and I owe a lot to everyone I met here. There are also 5000 more things I would like to write about, record and share here about the past 6 months but everything is still a little too fresh. I’m sure over the next 3 weeks before I fly off somewhere new I’ll have lots of time to reflect on them and note down but until then…
As the bruise on my calf from walking into the Brandenburg gate is fading, (yes you read that right…I walked into it…) (Negroni is dangerous…), I just want to jump back on a plane, fly into one of Berlin’s horrendously small airports, get irate about waiting over 4 minutes for an UBahn and continue frolicking around the Hauptstadt with my best friends. But I guess this means that another adventure is just around the corner.
I’m so emotional about Berlin, the city and the people within it have given me so much and I have done so many things I would have thought unimaginable just a few months ago. I know I’ll make my way back sooner rather than later but until then: Berlin, my home: I love you. Thank you.
And a very special thank you to my best friend, Jonas, for helping me through, being my drinking buddy and celebrating every little win with me throughout the past 6 months. You’re the best. See you soon.