Our Big Berlin Announcement
As part of Andy’s new status as a freelancer, he has to look for new projects every few months. His first contract as a freelancer was July and August with his old company, so about halfway through he started searching and applying for new contracts. But Freiburg isn’t a big commercial hub, and Andy wasn’t finding many jobs in his specialty. The few that did come his way were outside the city, up in the forest, and would require an hour and a half commute each way. We soon decided it would be a good idea to expand his search to other parts of Germany. If you’re subscribed to our newsletter, you already know what I’m about to say next.
We’re going to Berlin!
It didn’t take long before Andy was talking with a company in Berlin. Since this was our top choice of a city outside of Freiburg, we were hopeful it would work out. And after a week or two of phone calls and emails, Andy got the job offer! The contract is for about three months, and they need him as quickly as possible, so we’ll be leaving for Berlin on October 1. He starts in their office on October 7, and we’ll be in Berlin through December.
When we originally came up with our Beyond Vacation idea, we talked about going to other parts of Germany for short contracts, but we never thought it would happen so soon. Taking a contract in Berlin does fit with our lifestyle since it fits travel into our lives without it feeling rushed. We’ve already secured an apartment up there for the month of October, which hopefully will be comfortable enough that we will extend the lease through December. We also found renters for our apartment in Freiburg with almost no effort.
Moving…but not moving
As excited as I am about exploring a new city and being in a much bigger city than Freiburg, I do have my moments of freaking out. I think part of it is due to how quickly this all happened. Andy got the offer on September 13, signed the contract September 18, and our train tickets are for October 1. I’m still mentally processing everything. Andy keeps trying to find a word in German that means “excited and terrified at the same time.”
For some reason this feels a bit more like moving than traveling, which makes me a little emotional. Maybe it’s because we’re going there for Andy’s work instead of purely travel reasons. Maybe it’s because we’ve decided to pack the BIG suitcase in addition to a few smaller bags. But it’s temporary, we’re only going to Berlin for three months, and we still own our apartment in Freiburg with every intention to continue making this our home.
Even though we will be in Berlin for Andy’s work, we will definitely explore the city when he’s not in the office. I’ve never been to Berlin, so I’m excited about seeing the sights, learning more about the history, and taking more pictures besides these from Mini Europe. I’m also really excited about all the restaurants we want to try. I’m hoping to find decent Mexican food, we want to try a bunch of Asian restaurants, and we’re intrigued by other cuisines we’ve never tried before. We’ll also get to hang out with some other bloggers we know in Berlin and get involved with the international group we found. We’re also hoping to take a few long weekend trips, such as Hamburg. It should be a fun few months!
September 23, 2013 @ 10:28 AM
This sounds wonderful! I can understand it taking a bit of time to adjust to the idea, given how fast things are going. I’m jealous as I’ve heard great things about Berlin! Wishing you both a wonderful time.
September 23, 2013 @ 3:18 PM
Thanks Laila! I’m sure we’ll have a great time up there, and once we’re actually in Berlin, we won’t feel so anxious anymore. I’ve heard great things too, so I’m looking forward to it!
September 23, 2013 @ 10:54 AM
Enjoyed spending a week in Berlin some time back. But to spend 3 months now I am jealous.
September 23, 2013 @ 3:19 PM
Thanks Steve! I’m really looking forward to exploring Berlin since I’ve never been there. Everyone seems to enjoy it!
September 23, 2013 @ 12:07 PM
Great news! How exciting. Berlin is a city I have yet to visit but it definitely seems like a cool place to be right now. I’m sure you’ll love it, and the nerves will wear off once you get settled.
September 23, 2013 @ 3:20 PM
Thanks Julia! I haven’t been there yet either, but I’m so excited to have 3 whole months there as a first visit!
September 23, 2013 @ 7:58 PM
So cool! I hear great things about Berlin. Fingers crossed you’ll be there longer and I can see you next summer.
September 23, 2013 @ 11:04 PM
Thanks Barbara! I doubt we’ll be in Berlin next summer since he just has a 3 month contract, but we should be home in Freiburg, so at least we’ll still be in the same general part of the world. If you happen to make it down to the SW corner of Germany, you’re more than welcome to come stay with us for a bit. I’d love to see you again and catch up!
September 23, 2013 @ 11:18 PM
Yay!! Let’s go on a Mexican Food Crawl one day once you get here 🙂
September 25, 2013 @ 5:08 PM
YES!! I would *love* that!
Beverley | Pack Your Passport
September 24, 2013 @ 12:11 AM
wow that moved along fast Ali! So excited for you guys! It’s totally normal to feel a bit emotional and excited and scared and a million other things all at once.
I think the fact that it all came together so quickly and that you managed to find people to rent your apartment in Freiburg so soon means that the universe is working with you. Berlin’s going to be awesome, good luck with everything 🙂
September 25, 2013 @ 5:09 PM
Thanks Beverley! I’m definitely a little stressed and anxious, but I know it’ll be good to be in a different city for a little while, change of scenery, new people, different restaurants, etc. Really looking forward to it!
September 24, 2013 @ 1:20 AM
I love Berlin, particularly the international food scene there! There is just absolutely NO variety in Italy and Berlin reminded me of Chicago or NYC. You’ll have a great time exploring. I wonder how the Christmas markets are?
September 25, 2013 @ 5:10 PM
I’m sure the Christmas markets will be great compared to Freiburg’s. They’re nice here, but it’s a small city so I have higher hopes for Berlin. And yes, definitely looking forward to the restaurant variety.
September 24, 2013 @ 2:04 AM
Ali it sounds terrific! I wanna go with you. Don’t you need someone to schlep your bags for you? Retrieve coffee? 😀
September 25, 2013 @ 5:11 PM
Thanks Maria! Yes, I would LOVE a bag schlepper 😉
Mary @ Green Global Travel
September 24, 2013 @ 8:49 PM
Congratulations! I have only heard wonderful things about Berlin and understand that it has an extraordinary arts scene and of course, brilliant restaurants! Have an amazing few months!
September 25, 2013 @ 5:11 PM
Thanks Mary! I’ve heard great things too, so I’m really excited about being in Berlin for 3 months!
September 24, 2013 @ 9:39 PM
So fun! I’ve never been there either, but have heard great things. I’m excited to follow your new adventure!
September 25, 2013 @ 5:12 PM
Thanks Christy, I’m excited about it too!
September 24, 2013 @ 11:46 PM
that’s so awesome!
September 25, 2013 @ 5:12 PM
September 25, 2013 @ 1:19 PM
Congrats on getting to go to Berlin. There is so much history to the place. I’d love to find out all about the cold war shenanigans and about the wall. When one of my Buddhist friends was in Berlin earlier this year he visited the old airport that was used during the Berlin airlift and is now a museum. I forget it’s name but it’s like a massive time capsule as far as airplanes and flying history is concerned. Another place I would love to visit apart from all the new places that have been built since reunification would be the Brandenburg Gate. And of course no visit to Berlin is complete without the famous Alternative Berlin Walking Tour. I’m mildly jealous of you but very happy for you at the same time:)
September 25, 2013 @ 5:13 PM
Thanks Matthew! I’ll have to look for that museum, sounds interesting. I know one of the airports was turned into a park, and I think we might be staying near there, though I don’t remember exactly. I’ll definitely go check out Brandenburg Gate, and I’ll have to look into the Alternative Berlin Walking Tour. Thanks!
September 27, 2013 @ 8:42 PM
How exciting! Congrats!!!
September 29, 2013 @ 4:31 PM
October 3, 2013 @ 1:39 AM
Berlin, how awesome!! Well, I hope you’re settling in okay. Three months is a good amount of time to get an overview of the city but not enough time to eat your way though all of the amazing restaurants the city has 🙂 You’ll have to let me know if you actually approve of any of the Mexican restaurants!! If you need any recommendations, get in touch anytime! Which part of the city are you staying in?
October 3, 2013 @ 11:04 AM
Thanks Dani! I know it’s not enough time for all the great restaurants, but hopefully we’ll get to a few dozen of them! I’ll probably do another post about Berlin’s Mexican food and compare it to what is on offer in Freiburg. I might take you up on your offer for recommendations! We’re staying in Neukolln, a few blocks from the Boddinstr. U-Bahn station.
October 14, 2013 @ 2:43 AM
There’s a cool bar/restaurant called Dirty South that has decent tacos! I also had one terrible burrito at a place down the street, though, so it’s pretty even in Berlin.
October 14, 2013 @ 11:07 AM
Thanks Caroline, I’ll look it up! We’ve had one decent, but not great, Mexican meal here so far. I’m not expecting anything spectacular or even close to Nuevo Laredo, but I’m hoping for something at least better than what we have in Freiburg.