As of November 2017, this British Asian has been living and working in Berlin!
The recent radio silence on my blog is down to a lot of exciting life events taking place at the same time.
Since my last post, I’ve found and started a new job in Berlin, moved to Berlin, found an apartment in Berlin twice, as well as planned and had a multicultural wedding. Where? You guessed it. In Berlin*.
Just typing that all out makes me want to take a nap. Do you ever take on too much and know it’s too much but do it anyway?
It’s not for everyone, but when the pressure’s on, that’s when I seem to thrive.
You might be wondering why Berlin? Apart from marrying a German guy and feeling a
little lot disappointed in post-Brexit UK, Berlin is one of my favourite cities in the world.
It has much of what I love about London and so much more.
Berlin’s affordability means that living alone, saving money and eating out aren’t luxuries, but everyday norms. The city’s open-mindedness and work-life-balance (shops are closed on Sundays) means that Berliners are laid back, fun and value the importance of life outside of the office.
It has much of what I love about London and so much more. Berlin has the creativity and grit of New York, the multiculturalism and food scene of London and its own unique blend of history, progressiveness and reinvention sprinkled in for good measure.
Berlin really is a melting pot of cultures too. It’s interesting to see how the diaspora populations here – such as the German Turkish community – differ from cultures settled in the UK, such as British Asians like myself.
Berlin has the creativity and grit of New York, the multiculturalism and food scene of London and its own unique blend of history, progressiveness and reinvention sprinkled in for good measure.
And so, now that the honeymoon is over and life in Berlin can begin at a slower pace, I’m so happy to be writing again!
Since writing The Beauty of Being British Asian last year and the success of the exhibition that it inspired, Burnt Roti’s #BOBBAExhibition – I’m going to be penning more honest pieces. Including, what it was like planning and having a multicultural and bilingual wedding, intercultural/interracial relationship advice, and why I recently cut a lot of my hair (South Asian expectations, anyone?). I’ll also share snippets of Berlin life such as this one, which is the first in a series I like to call British Asian in Berlin.
In the meantime, thanks for reading and have a lovely day wherever in the world you are. It’s good to be back! It’s good to be a Berliner.
“ Ich bin ein Berliner”