I love Berlin. It’s one of the greatest cities in the world, for a lot of different reasons. The main reason for me, is the awesome people that I’ve interacted with over the last few years, both personally and professionally. Nothing else really matters – if you have good people, you have a good life, simple as that. It makes it hard to leave the city, but leave we will, because we both have the incessant need to see other bits of the world and meet even more great people. Berlin is particularly hard to leave, but we’ll be back eventually, full of stories.
So the idea is this, we will be travelling from the beginning of November. The first destination, after saying goodbye to family in Germany, is Rome and after a few days there, it’ll be time to use our one-way boat ticket to Puerto Rico when the fun really begins. From then on, we more or less begin to improvise our trip, making our way through the Caribbean, with a loose plan to travel throughout the rest of the Americas as well. We’ll be taking a small backpack each, less stuff than we’d take on a weekend getaway in Germany. Meaghan is the real travel genius, and while she scouts out new possibilities and destinations for us, I’ll make sure our socks & jocks are clean at all times.
But back to Berlin for a moment. One thing that really stood out was the professionalism and kindness of the people I’ve worked for over the last few years. I’ve been a language teacher for ages, and it’s a little ironic that I’m leaving the city at high point of my working life; which has definitely been teaching at Babbel. I’ve never had such a great employer, I’ve learnt a hell of a lot about languages over the last few years and am very grateful for the opportunity to be a small part of this great company. There are of course a lot of other great companies in the city and I wouldn’t have been able to do what I do without them either, but Babbel is definitely the best one.
The city of Berlin allows for a very relaxed lifestyle generally, with many great professional opportunities and a lot of culture to explore. The people are mostly pretty cool, but there were the odd exceptions here and there. There are a few specific things in German life that I can do without: the bullshit bureaucracy for one, the attitude from the old bags behind the counter at S-Bahn service centre, the snarky comments from shop assistants, the pushy arrogance of people walking straight through you on the sidewalk, the lack of smiles, eye-contact and friendly greetings from strangers, the long stares from old Germans when they hear other languages on the street. Apart from those things, which I’m sure exist in many other parts of the world as well, it’s always been fun to live here.
Over the last few years, I’d gotten to know quite a lot of people in Berlin. Most of them are from other countries and all of them are fantastic friends. I’m lucky to have such gorgeous, cool and funny people around me and will miss you all dearly. One particular friend stands out, because I will miss her the most. We haven’t know each other for that long, but I feel that I know you quiet well now and will miss your attitude, humour and funny accent. (You know who you are). My oldest friend in the city only recently found out about the trip, and just rolled his eyes at the news of our ditching our stuff and wandering around the world again. (You also know who you are). Typical, he’d said, and he’s probably right too, but in a way this trip is something new for us as we don’t really know where the journey will go and how we’ll get there.
Having great friends has been the biggest highlight of life in Berlin, I love you all and can’t wait to be back in town, full of stories to share with y’all!
See you soooooooooon….