Why I Moved to Berlin

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Since announcing on instagram, twitter and facebook that I would be moving to Berlin after 10 months travelling around the world, the question I have been asked again and again (and again and again and again) is why Berlin? Well I’ve finally arrived, moved into my new apartment, successfully completed my first grocery shop, and have some answers for you…

Berlin Cathedral

1. Why not?

First and foremost I’ve gotta be completely honest and say that I didn’t really give it TOO much thought. It wasn’t a big life changing decision for me to move to a foreign city, given my globetrotting lifestyle travelling the world as a career. For so long I have been living out of a suitcase that honestly ANYWHERE would seem like a good idea. The truth is that I could honestly see myself living anywhere in the world as I will be treating my new city as a home base to stay in between campaigns and trips around the world… so I guess the purest answer I can give you to “Why Berlin!?” is, well… why not?

2. Location

Thinking more logically here, a big influencing factor on which city to live in was the location. My requirements were pretty simple: Northern Hemisphere (because so much of my work is here) and central for explorations. I figured I would opt for Europe over North America because I love exploring the region and just love the idea of hopping on a train and being in a different country within hours. Berlin is located in central Europe so it seemed like an obvious choice. Note: I also considered Budapest, Prague and even Belgrade!

3. Price of Berlin vs. Other European Capitals

Out of the above choices, Berlin is in fact the most expensive city. But in comparison with the likes of London and Paris, Berlin is relatively cheap. Sure, prices have been on the rise in recent years… but relatively speaking, Berlin is pretty damn affordable – particularly for an Australian citizen (WHY IS AUSTRALIA SO DAMN EXPENSIVE TO LIVE!?!??!).

My rent prices aren’t exactly the best indication given I am paying a lot more than the average to have a fully furnished one bedroom apartment in central Berlin… but I chose this option because it suited me best. As a writer, I really value my own space and quiet time to work, so living with housemates wasn’t really an option for my needs. I chose a fully furnished apartment because I am still working ’round the clock and to allocate a week to moving into a new apartment just isn’t possible at present! Finally, I chose a central location because I want to ENJOY my neighbourhood, walk around each day and explore, discover new eateries, etc. etc. 

So because I had all of these requirements, I really couldn’t afford to live in Paris or London in a one bedroom apartment smack bang in the middle of town or a stone’s throw away from the Eiffel Tower (unless I had $2,000 per week to allocate on rent). Whereas in Berlin, I pay around that much per month for rent – you do the math.

*I want to give an indication for informative purposes but have found that speaking on money matters in the past leads to severe criticism (cringe) – hence not being completely overt about how much $ I pay to fund my lifestyle.

4. StartUp Culture

Another reason I chose Berlin is because of the nature of my work… and the future for World of Wanderlust. Berlin has a great startup culture with startups like Sound Cloud and Better Place centred in Berlin. There’s also some really great initiatives for creative work spaces like Betahaus – so for me, it just makes perfect sense to position myself here in Berlin during such a transitional phase for WOW (keep an eye out for updates on how we’re growing + changing!!).

5. The Lifestyle (music, nightlife, restaurants, events)

If you haven’t been to Berlin yet, COME VISIT US! Berlin has one of the world’s most incredible music + nightlife scenes, if not the best. Eating out is ridiculously affordable and somewhat of a tradition for catching up with friends and colleagues, and the city hosts some great international events. I know I’m somewhat bias now, but Berlin really is the cultural capital of the world (if you ask me, bias and all).

6. The History

I’ve admitted to this once or twice before – but incase you weren’t aware, I’m a complete history buff. After studying Modern World history and Russian history throughout my years at university, I’m slightly verging on obsessed with the history of Europe. Berlin played such a key role in shaping world history as we know it today, so I’m looking forward to exploring more of that history here in Germany, Poland, Russia, and elsewhere (the list is truly endless).

7. Learning German!

Finally – Ich werde lernen , Deutsch zu sprechen! After studying German in school many years ago (okay not that many), I have managed to completely lose my language skills after not practising the language for quite some time. Thus, I’m on a mission to learn to speak Deutsch fluently!

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    Nellie Schultz
    March 10, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Great post! Moving to Berlin must be very exciting experience. I live in London and when I compare the prices, Berlin seems really affordable. I am planning a trip to Germany this summer and I’d love to stay in Berlin a bit more. It is a very interesting place. Thank you for sharing!

    January 28, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Really cool blog post! I totally agree with you.

    If you do decide to move to Berlin, I have a pretty handy guide up on my blog Street Haus –

    B xx

    Settle in Berlin
    November 25, 2015 at 3:16 am

    I really can recognize a few of my motivations when first moving to Berlin. That’s nice to see 🙂
    If anyone else is interesting by following you, they can find valuable practicable information about all things Berlin & Germany on

    It’s a resource i built out of frustration of not finding english information about all the practicalities of moving. Don’t hesitate to comment there too 🙂

    Debbie Mathis
    October 13, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Great post! I moved one year ago exactly for the same reason . Startup companies gives opportunity to work and live in Germany. Moving was very stressful for me , though. I suppose culture shock stroke me. Greetings!

    Sophie Blacklock
    September 23, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Berlin was the first city I lived in after my official move to Europe five years ago. I love it and still go back there every time when I’m free to travel. I love it in winter time during the Christmas holidays – a true ‘winter magic’ and incomparable atmosphere. I’m currently living in Spain now, but planning a short move to Germany in December, again. Greets!

    August 22, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Hi Brooke, I came across your blog and thank you for the inspiration. I’m looking forward on Moving to Berlin this coming Spring. I was there three weeks ago and totally fell in love with the city history and culture. And how you said about living out of the suitcase…I can related to that for living overseas since birth and I’m pretty lost sometimes for wondering where is home and where I’m heading next? I’m starting to look for apartment and super excited 😉 Germany is on my top of favorite countries in Europe. I have encountered many awesome people throughout my travel in Germany.

    June 17, 2015 at 5:48 pm


    I am moving to Berlin in 9 months, I am Australian and will be applying for my work visa once I’m there.

    Two questions:
    – Did Urban Apartments allow you to register your address? (I’ve heard this is a thing you’re supposed to do almost immediately??)
    – Do you have any recommendations for english speaking job sites? (maybe not as you weren’t a seeker)
    – Do you know of any other sites where any Aussies or people new to the area can go to to find people to hang out with, I know noone!

    (PS. I start German lessons next week! Eee!)



    June 14, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Cool! In which neighborhood are you living?


    May 11, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Do they pay you a little for doing jobs on betterplace? Do you know any other sites where you can earn a little from doing work (online or not) in Berlin? I’m planning moving there for a while but I would like to earn some money too.

    Great post, as always. Adore your blog.


    Kristin from MN
    March 22, 2015 at 4:08 am

    I’m so excited to read all of your posts about Berlin! I actually have an interview for a job in Berlin this week! Eek! I’m from Minnesota and have never been to Germany but of course I really want to. I’m part German so I’m really excited to learn German and about the culture. What is the weather like? How much are apartments in Friedrichshain (that’s where my job would be)? Is short term rentals a good option until my husband and son come later in the summer?

    • Brooke Saward
      March 22, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      Best of luck with your interview – I absolutely LOVED Berlin! I used urban apartments for a short term rental 🙂

    December 8, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Hi! So excited to have found your blog – first of all because it is FAB-U-LOUS! And second of all because I have just moved from the states to Germany too – although I am living in Cologne with my husband who came here for his job. I have a practical question I was hoping to ask you but was wondering if you could email me at so I could ask there – it is related to life in Germany. Thanks so much and hope to hear from you! Cheers!

    December 4, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    First of all I would like to congratulate you on making the move to Berlin! I have never been to Berlin but have always wanted to visit. I think you definitely made the right choice in moving to a European capital rather than North America. Also German is a very fun language to learn. Viel Glück!

    November 28, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Hi Brooke! I love your blog, and your channel. Just like you I want to travel the world when I graduate high school. I was just wondering how you got sponsored to travel, or if you saved up for part of it, and now you get sponsored?

    November 28, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Hi Brooke! I love your blog, and your channel. Just like you I want to travel the world when I graduate high school. I was just wondering how you saved up for your trip.

    Best holiday destinations
    November 17, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Berlin is a fantastic place for vacations. I will surely plan to visit there and Cong dear. thanks for sharing nice views.

    Bella Berry
    November 15, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Hi Brooke! Welcome to Berlin! I moved here 2 months ago from New Zealand as a 16 year old girl! I love it so so much! It would be awesome if you could check out my insta bellabberry and we could maybe chat about your fave spots here so far! I love to hear about them! xx

    November 12, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    This is a very good article. Thank you for a great information.

    October 29, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Hi Brooke,

    I was just wondering if you’re going to be releasing one of your City Guides for Berlin? I’m thinking about doing an exchange semester of uni in Berlin and I’d love to know your take on the city! (Your opinion is always spot on!)

    Rosie x

    • worldofwanderlust
      October 29, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      yup! I’m here researching for it at current 🙂 you will love Berlin!! x

    October 28, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Viel Glück!We moved to Germany (NRW) recently and until so far I enjoy it! It is a great base to travel since in few hours by car you arrive to Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg, France or even Denmark! However, Berlin is our next destination, we plan to move there in a couple of years, because we are just in love with it! I wrote a review here
    from my last visit to this awesome city!

    Caroline Achieng Otieno
    October 28, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Great.., haven’t been to Berlin yet but have heard awesome things about the city!

    October 28, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Congratulations! Berlin is such a cool city. As a german, I really like my capital as well.
    I hope you can travel a to lot of places in Germany and Europe.
    I love the north and the west of Germany best, unfortunately most people only travel to the south and to Berlin. You have to visit Münster, Oldenburg, Bremen and Hamburg! The islands in the North Sea like Juist and Norderney are very sweet ang charming as well, some are so small that there are no cars only horse-drawn carriage. Two of my favourite but mostly unknown cities in Europe are Groningen in the Netherlands and Danzig in Poland.
    I hope you have a fun time in Berlin!

    October 25, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    All the best in Berlin, it is a pretty awesome city!

    Lennae xxx

    Julia A.
    October 23, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Hey Brooke,
    I wish you the best of luck in Berlin. Glad that you like Germany and chose it as your new home country 🙂 And you really moved at a perfect time, make sure to check out as many “Weihnachtsmärkte” as you can this winter, I love to do so! I can definitely recommend the one here in my city Dortmund in the West of Germany with their huge christmas tree! 🙂

    Love, Julia

    October 23, 2014 at 1:37 am

    I can´t believe that you have actually moved to my home town which I haven´t visited for untold years. Shame on me. You are so right about the very convenient location. From Berlin you can go just about anywhere and a nearby destination worth visiting by train is the super romantic Lüneburger Heide. I just wrote a piece about the typical food, Heidschnuckenbraten and Rote Grütze. Viel Glück und lern berlinerisch..wa!!!

    Lili Nova
    October 22, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Berlin is a great city! Enjoy the adventure.
    Model / travelblogger

    October 22, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Hi Brooke – How exciting! What was the visa process for you? Best of luck with your move. German is an interesting and challenging language to learn.

    Jessica Cropper
    October 22, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Definitely the choice I would have made. Berlin is currently my favourite city in the world (of all the ones I’ve visited thus far anyway), and I often consider moving there permanently one day. Also so glad you’re learning German. I studied it at uni and lived in the country for a year, and would recommend it to anybody! Good luck 🙂

    October 22, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I’m so jealous! Ever since visiting Berlin last winter, I made a promise to myself that I would live there for at least a year one day. The vibe, people, and the affordability just got to me! Enjoy 🙂

    Anna R
    October 22, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Congrats on settling down in Berlin! I’ve always wanted to visit Germany.

    Nikki Vargas
    October 22, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Hey Brooke,

    Congrats on your move to Berlin! It must be nice to call a place home after a year spent living out of a suitcase!

    I’m curious to know how you’re adapting to your new city? I remember when I first moved to NYC it took some time for me to build a life here and find a group of friends..and in the beginning I remember there were great and hard moments. How is it for you?


    October 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Germany was one of my favorite countries in Europe! Great choice.

    October 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Hi Olga, you, the Berliners, wanted for decades to be an international city, a metropolis!
    Now, live with it! That`s it! 😉

    October 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Berlin is amazing.
    Have you heard of the possibility that Berlin city council offers some money to start up companies for the first 2 years if you decide to stay in Berlin for 2 years? 🙂 It might be one year too.. Im not 100% sure, but definitely look it up!
    And living in Central is alright, but definitely think of staying a couple night in Friedrichshein or Kreuzberg for a more ”Berlin Experience :)” it’s so lovely there, and you have amazing bars and restaurants where you can eat amazing food for very low prices!
    Enjoy enjoy enjoy!!!!

    jenna @ just j.faye
    October 21, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I studied abroad in Berlin when I was in college and fell head over heels in love with that city. Everything about it is so amazing. I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures there!

    October 21, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I am loving watching your blogs of your experience in Berlin so far. Please keep it up 🙂
    XO Janina

    October 21, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Hey Brook,
    unfortunatley I have to say, that because of people like you, who find Berlin “sooo affordable” it is getting more expencive year after year. The locals (like me) can not afford the rent anymore and have to move outside the “S-Bahn-Ring”, small old shops have to close down, etc. Here is why: a lot of people from different countries (first of all French, British, Italians, Spanish, Americans) are used to pay much more for the same or worse living back home, they move to Berlin ready to pay much more than the locals would do (which is still cheaper for them), and without considering the fact, that people in Berlin earn less than in their home countries or in the south of Germany for example. I can not exactly call it adapting to or interest in the local system and people… this is just enjoying yourself whithout considering the circumstances…
    at least you are learning German!!! This is NOT a common thing here, like one would normally expect if moving to a foreign country…

    October 21, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Hallo Brooke, herzlich willkommen in Berlin! 😉 Viel Glück! (1. German lesson, *LOL* )

    October 21, 2014 at 4:36 am

    Great plan, as a german I can tell Berlin is nice and I am sure you will love it, enjoy :))

    Is It French?
    October 21, 2014 at 4:32 am

    I admire your bravery in everything you do, especially what you love. It takes curage to reach for what you want and work to make it happen. I think Berlin is lovely city and you’ll probably love it, even more so as a citizen of the world!
    I hope you’ll make posts about your experience in settling (even for your lifestyle) somewhere abroad, where you never lived and where foreigh language is spoken.

    October 21, 2014 at 3:30 am

    Still think it is expensive, but it is great that you have found a place to live! Congrats on the apartment and I can’t wait to hear your stories about Berlin!

    October 21, 2014 at 2:55 am

    Willkommen in Deutschland!
    I’m german and so proud that you choosed Berlin to live!
    Have a wonderful time there 🙂

    Greetings from the South

    October 21, 2014 at 1:29 am

    You are so inspiring Brooke. Your lifestyle is literally my dream haha. So glad that you’ve found a place to settle down in for a while, must be such a relief to not live out of your suitcase as much!


    October 21, 2014 at 1:02 am

    I’m so happy for you! I went to Berlin this year and I loved the city! I want to live there even when I don’t know a word of German.
    Have a happy life!

    October 21, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Hello and welcome to our beautiful city 🙂 Berlin is great, exciting and cheap I agree with you. I moved here 1.5 years ago from Melbourne and still can’t believe the very low prices compared to Oztralia. The only downside is that we don’t have an international airport, and always have to go to Amsterdam, London or Frankfurt first before we can go see the world. Hope to see you around.

    S. J. Pajonas
    October 20, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Best of luck in your new city! I can’t wait to hear more about Berlin 🙂

    October 20, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Hey Brooke,
    Berlin is so wonderful! I’m from Germany and I like to travel the world but my big dream is to live later in Berlin.
    Dein Deutsch ist doch super! I wish you the best for learning german. I think it’s not easy but you can do it!
    Viele Grüße

    October 20, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    I really love to read why you have choosen ‘my’ capitol 😀 I’m German and I really, really love Berlin. It is just such a nice city, altough my favourite city is (and always will be) Paris.
    The funny thing (for me) is that I’m living in Canberra, Australia for the next months. So, seems like we just changed the capitols.

    And last but not least: Viel Glück und Erfolg beim Deutschlernen 🙂

    Kind regards and best wishes from Australia, Sanji 🙂

    October 20, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I’ve been tempted to make the move to Berlin recently and this has really really tempted me to make the move sooner rather than later

    WNG Sodashop
    October 20, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    It’s always essentials to have proper map before moving anywhere and all things you have mentioned very well.

    October 20, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I like you’re reason “why not?” really I’m not surprise you chose Berlin. I like that city. It’s true that they hosts some great international events, my favorite is the annual motor show, like the fashion week of cars, that my dad always have an invitation. Hope you’ll enjoy Berlin 🙂


    October 20, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I love your choice! But you should have considered Vienna too 🙂 As a native Austrian, German is my first language and I´d love to help if you have any question regarding the language – and if you should consider visiting Austria, I´d be happy to be your tour guide 🙂

    October 20, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Hello! I read that you will learn German, so you can understand this..
    Willkommen in Deutschland! Ich hoffe, dass dir das Land gefallen wird, mit unseren kleinen Macken und Problemen, aber vor allem mit der unterschiedlichen Kultur. Ich freue mich auf mehr Posts aus Deutschland, wenn du mal in andere Regionen hier kommst, die nicht so städtisch sind. Welcome!

    October 20, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    I have considered in what country and city I could live in and Berlin was one of my top favourites (next to Paris if I had a neverending budget!). I am going to Berlin this upcoming weekend and I am looking forward to show this city to my best friend and to go to some clubs too. It’s going to be a good time, that I know for sure!

    Christie of The Butterfly Editions
    October 20, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    You’ve chosen a great spot to base yourself from, must be so exciting being there at last and being able to unpack! Finally hanging up your clothes that have been crushed inside a suitcase for months is such a dream! Look forward to more European adventures x

    Brittany Ruth
    October 20, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Congrats on the move. Berlin is a great idea. Central to European travel. I’ve never been to Berlin yet, but I live in Bavaria and I love it here. Looking forward to some Germany posts from you!

    Chanoa Chen
    October 20, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    I’m an American expat living in Belgrade and I must say I agree with all of your three choices. Prague is incredible and Berlin is amazing.

    I’ve been here for 2 years with traveling in between of course. I’m considering relocating to Milan next year – and already studying Italian. 🙂 Kudos to you. I adore when people just make up their minds and just do as they please. A lot of people ask those questions because they’re lives are so planned and in narrow focus that they couldn’t begin to imagine moving to a new neighborhood much less to a different country or continent. I still know a lot of people who don’t understand how I moved! Good luck and all the best!

    October 20, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Good choice!
    I love living here! If you ever need any help, dont hesidate to contact me 🙂

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    October 20, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Nice city. thanks for sharing nice views.

    Hannah Louey
    October 20, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Why IS Australia so expensive?? And why is it soooo far away from everywhere else? That’s why, just like you, I’d love to live in Europe too one day! Although I have my heart set on London and I recently did some research into housing prices and, well…eek.

    October 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I’m sorry you didn’t move to Budapesten, but you chose well. Berlin is a great city! 😉
    Kind regards,
    a girl from Budapest

    October 20, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    PARIS MARX- I would recommend Melbourne over Sydney for 2 reasons: 1) I’m a Victorian, so I’m biased 🙂 2) melbourne has recently been voted one of the most liveable cities in the world! I find it’s cheaper than Sydney and more European style.

    October 20, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    what a case for Berlin! you are 100% on point about the tech start-up scene… I’m around tech in San Francisco and frequently hear it called the “SF of 2007.”

    you picked a great place. look forward to learning about the expansion!


    Kelly @ Endlessly Exploring
    October 20, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Sounds like the perfect place for you to move to! Looking forward to hearing more about your time in Berlin! All the best x

    Carolyn in Utah
    October 20, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I spent a few weeks in Berlin in December 2011 and had a fantastic time visiting the Christmas markets as well as trying to see as many historic sites as possible. It is a haunting, melancholy city (and I mean that in a good way!) in wintertime and I look forward to visiting in warmer weather someday. I was surprised how few people in Berlin spoke English–but I’m sure the German people will be much more gracious and encouraging of non-native speakers than the French. Parisians always refused to converse with me in French, lest I taint their language with my imperfection. Although I know far less German than French, the Germans were very appreciative and kind when I spoke their language. I am thrilled at the thought of reading your future posts from Berlin!

    October 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Brooke this sounds amazing! I have friends living in Berlin who have the same reasons for doing so as you – they talk about the fantastic culture all the time! I just moved out of London and you are indeed right about the prices there; so expensive and absolutely no space or privacy! Good luck in your new home, I’m so excited to follow your new adventures! Love Sparky xo

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    October 20, 2014 at 11:52 am

    All very valid reasons! Congratulations on your new move.

    October 20, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Wow – really cool to hear that you’ve moved to Berlin! I came here three years ago also after traveling around the world for over a year. It’s 100% my favorite city in the world. I’ll probably run into you at some of those startup events – come to one of our Travel Massives as well!

    In the meantime, if you need any tips – check out my “Hipster Guide to Berlin” –> 😀

    October 20, 2014 at 11:24 am

    It looks like youre settled into Berlin quite well! Ive only been to Munich but what you said about the nightlife and music scene is definitely a factor inspiring me to visit! Would love to see more posts about how you are adjusting and your apartment!

    jessica wright
    October 20, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Amazing to hear you chose Berlin, congrats on this next step, excited to see where it takes you!

    October 20, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Good luck learning German – I’m currently based in Medellin, Colombia (mainly for the same reason as point number one in your list) and am loving learning Spanish – so much fun to be learning it and using it every day out of the classroom. Good luck!

    October 20, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I think you’ve made a great choice, Berlin is so beautiful but also so much fun! I’m sure you’ll be happy to call it “home” 🙂

    21 year old travel blogger

    October 20, 2014 at 9:47 am

    aweaome Brooke, how exciting to be able to have a home base for a bit, that will make life a little easier for you. Best of all mum & the family might be able to check out your new digs!
    I bet you will be fluent in German in no time. Be proud of your lifestyle girl, you have earnt every penny of it!

    October 20, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Aaaahhh so jealous! Have an awesome experience however long you may stay for!

    October 20, 2014 at 9:06 am

    good luck in learning German! Can I come and visit? 🙂

    October 20, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Yaaay!! So proud as a German that you chose Germany! Come to the South, though 😉

    Greetz from Aschaffenburg 😉

    Marie @ Marie Away
    October 20, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Berlin certainly seems like a fantastic cultural centre to be based from. I think you made a great decision!

    October 20, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Welcome to Berlin!
    Even though my mother is from there and part of my family still lives there, I have only managed to visit Berlin once in my life so far. But I have to say that I dearly loved it and even considered it as a city to study in for quite some time. Even though it now seems like I might just stay here in London or at least somewhere close after finishing my year as an AuPair.
    Wishing you a lovely time and an awesome experience in Germany!

    October 20, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I think you’ve made a great choice with Berlin. I’d love to see some follow up posts with the more logistical stuff – like what type of visa you got and how you were able to get it whilst on the road, hunting for an apartment remotely, etc.

    October 20, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Fantastic post, Brooke!
    I must say I agree that Germany was the perfect choice for a home base for WOW! Though I am somewhat biased as well, as I lived in Germany for the second half of last year. For all of Western Europe, Germany is definitely the cheapest to LIVE (not necessarily to visit). Groceries in Germany are absurdly cheap, even for “bio” (organic) produce. Particularly when you’re Australian! I couldn’t believe the difference between home and Germany price wise. As far as the language goes, you can download “German for dummies” from the iBook store, and it gives a great overview on German grammar. Schaum’s Outline Grammar is my recommendation for a print book to learn the fundamentals of German. German is such a beautiful language! Though you may find it hard to speak German because most Germans speak fluent English and love to speak it! So they will switch to English as soon as they hear your accent haha
    Historically Berlin is a fascinating city. Can’t wait for some more of your posts! Be sure to check out the markets!
    Best wishes

    October 20, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Sounds like it was the perfect move for you! I can’t wait to hear more about this city!! 🙂

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    Department of Wandering
    October 20, 2014 at 7:45 am

    All of those reasons are great drawcards to Berlin for an expat– it’s what drew me to this city! I moved to Berlin a year and a half ago and it has been the best decision I ever made. It’s an incredibly affordable city with a great vibe. Of course, German bureaucracy is the most challenging thing about the expat life! I’d be more than happy to help you out with some tips and tricks about this aspect of life here. 🙂

    October 20, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Could you tell us how are you living there legally? On what type of visa are you or how did you get a residence permit?? Thank you and enjoy Berlin, it looks amazing and I can’t wait to go there!

    Paris Marx
    October 20, 2014 at 7:34 am

    All very great reasons to move to Berlin. I seriously hope you enjoy yourself. I was there for two weeks in Feb/Mar and it’s definitely a city I’ll be returning to. It’s honestly probably the best city in the world right now for the kind of business you run and lifestyle you have.

    I’m planning to move to Australia for a while in the new year and I’ve been debating a lot between Sydney and Melbourne. Do you have a preference, or are there any reasons one may be better than the other?

    I wish you all the best with the future of WOW and your life in Berlin, however long you stay there. Have loads of fun!

    October 20, 2014 at 7:27 am

    It’s indeed a very good choice. I find Berlin quite a young city and full of stuff to do and to discover. I think you could afford London too for that price, but you wouldn’t have the central location to the other countries, you would depend a lot more on flights, and again Berlin is indeed cheaper. I’m sure you will enjoy yourself and make good friends there. Tip: it takes time to conquer the trust of a german, but once you do you make friends for life (it’s indeed like the little prince and the fox). Prost 🙂

  • Madelinefedmont@yahoo.con'
    October 20, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Berlin looks great!

    NZ Muse
    October 20, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Woot! I’d definitely live in Berlin, it is a super cool city and reasonably cheap. Enjoy the adventure.

    October 20, 2014 at 6:52 am

    World’s known Berlin is heart of country..Berlin has a great startup culture, best place..

    October 20, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Viel Glück! I’m German and Berlin is such a fabulous place I know you’re going to love it there! Can’t wait to see your blog posts and photos!
    Nina from little nomad