Introducing: British Asian in Berlin

All, Berlin, Daily Life, Expat, German, germany, inspire, The Beauty of Being British Asian

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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?

Same.

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”

 

 

*technically Potsdam

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Saturday in the City

All, Travel

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Last weekend, my fellow Leiden-er Molly and I went for our usual brunch in the city at our favourite spot – Better Bagels. Renowned for its selection of bagels, baked goods and coffee, Better Bagels is a small hole-in-the-wall place that has a homely feel and lots of charm. I could stay there for hours (and have)!
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We both got our usual orders. Which funniliy are the same as each other! Honey, walnut, goats cheese and bacon sandwiched between a sesame bagel. Drool much? Ja. We did. DSCF5782 (3)DSCF5783 (2)

Topped off with their aptly named ‘Grandma’s Coco’ which comes with a side order of marshmallows and we were feeling right at home 🙂

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The owner is the friendly guy that’s waving called Frank, who makes the bagels right then and there for customers to see. Better Bagels definitely is one of Leiden’s best brunch spots. I’ve already got a ‘usual’ order and I’ve only been here a month! DSCF5814 (2) DSCF5819 (2) DSCF5820 (2)

This cute Valentines-themed window display caught our eye as we walked down towards the Saturday market. With Valentine’s day and spring just around the corner, the city seemed to be in full bloom (as you will see from the flower-heavy next few photos)!
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The Saturday market is one of my favourite things in this city. You can never have too many flowers I say and tulips are one of the most understatedly beautiful in my opinion. Holland definitely is the place to be if you’re a tulip-fan as their rich colours decorate the city all-year round! DSCF5862 (2) DSCF5869 (2) DSCF5876 (2)

Molly has her own blog called Molly Maison which you should definitely check out to see more insights into life in Leiden, working in space and science communication and travelling in Europe.DSCF5878 (2)

To end our day, we tried out a restaurant that I am ashamed to admit I’ve been to over 6 times already. So when I say we tried, I really mean I finally convinced Molly to go 😛 DSCF5897 (2)Very Italian Pizza has recently opened in Leiden. I first tried it out back in November when I visited for 1 night and loved it so much that I decided if I ever moved here I would be back. And I have kept that promise for sure! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed our Saturday in the beautiful city of Leiden! I’ve got a few exciting travel plans in the works over the next few months and am looking forward to sharing them with you on my blog soon 🙂

-Nikita