February 08, 2016

house of small wonders

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These snaps are from a cool Japanese cafe in Mitte with super good breakfasts'. My only complaint was when I asked for a double shot latte, they gave me this massive coffee, the size of one of those gross Starbucks Venti cups. Anyways...

I'm still without internet, which is starting to bug me a little bit considering there is no data connection in my apartment. In its absence, I have binge watched all of Making a Murderer, Narco's & Gotham in two weeks, finished Lena Dunham's Bio and studied a lot of German. Hopefully it is installed today, because living alone is lonely enough without the whole of the interwebs to keep me company. When it is installed, I hope to update here 3x a week. I've just finished a month of my German classes, with two more months to go. I've been able to practice my German a little bit more because my friend group now consists of an amalgamation of several nationalities, where our only mutual language is German. Conversation is fun, and it helps me speak quickly. Its still a shame that my German won't ever be as good as my French, purely because I speak so much English here, but then again, it's much nicer being understood and being able to chat to people.

February 01, 2016

white as snow

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Apologies for my absence this week - after spending last weekend looking for apartments I finally signed a six month contract for a studio apartment in the east of Berlin. I moved in Tuesday, and spent most of my evenings after class at Ikea and Muji finding bits and pieces for my place. It is in a super cool location, with shops and cafes downstairs and the Boxhanger Platz Markets across the road. My wifi isn't connected for another week, so I have to steal wifi from cafes where I can (hence my absence). Its furnished - which is simultaneously good and bad - the decor is not quite my style but at least I don't have to spend another week (and a months budget) furnishing the place. Hopefully I will be able to jade-ify it with bric-a-brac from the markets.

Aside from my house dramas - school is going well although my learning has slowed down a bit. There a quite a few Swiss-French at my school, which is nice to practice my French but confusing to swap between two languages that aren't English. I haven't had much time to explore Berlin still, so many museums to visit and cafes to drink coffee at. Maybe I'll save that for visits from friends. These photos are from a couple of weeks ago when it verged on -9 degrees, and the snow was 20cm thick. As wonderful as it was, it has all melted away which makes walking around the city just that much easier. And also riding, which is my next task - to find a bike!