I feel like I should share some of my thoughts about where I live, which happens to be Berlin. It’s been more than a year since I call it “home”, so it would be reasonable to assume that I have something to tell about it.
Frozen knuckles on the way to life-saving spätis, walks through atmospheric filthy streets to get a warm pizza, never failing to surprise bureaucracy..the word “contradictory” would probably be the best fit to my (negative-ish) flow of descriptions. But, I gave myself a promise - less negative shit, Liza! Come on, I must be capable of a tiny bit of positive thinking (positive? is it a disease?).
With that being said (I hope you are full on in love and excited about Berlin by now), I challenged myself to come up with 6 things about Berlin that I find cool (what a cool word):
Berlin is accepting. You are a yogi-meditation-gypsy-drug addict-alcoholic legend? You are welcome here. You are an ambitious career oriented -'got your shit together’ legend? You are welcome, too. The most important thing is to know who you are, otherwise the river of permissiveness will pick you up and crack your head against the rapid.
It is very easy to look young in Berlin. Almost all the bars are smoky as crematory chimneys, which would probably throw a decade or so on your face in about a year (yeah, I love math), so simply staying away from those will save you some collagen.
Eating out. Well, in a hand full of places, because it’s not too easy to find a hospitality business over here where they say “hello”, and I egoistically want myself a “hello” when I am somebody’s guest.
I have to admit, you can get yourself caffeinated on some real good caffeine over here. This is joy.
Many people in Berlin love themselves a good complaint. It is understandable, who doesn’t? Good news is, anyone can come off as a happy, wanna-seem-adult person on such background.
Bike lanes (and the riding air is not polluted!). Tons of cute dogs everywhere (and less dog shit than is Paris, wow!). Summers can be great too: lake dips, picnics and working out in parks.
Practicing positive thinking over here. Come join, it’s a fun experience.
Passive-aggressive exaggeration queen.
Liza from Earth.