Breaking Berlin

Everyone told me Berlin would be a tough nut to crack. In fact, reading some of the expat forums, it’s a miracle anyone moves here at all. But, me being me, I like to take all of these things with a pinch of salt and find out for myself – the hard way. Berlin was my dream and I was going to achieve it or go down fighting. And I won’t lie; the last few months have been rough, far rougher than I’ve let on in this blog. I’ve spent many a sleepless night (and panicky day) wondering if I could afford to make it through the next month.

Homemade Twister - for when times get tough
Homemade Twister – for when money gets really tight

But, lest you think this post is going to be one long whinge-fest, fear not. It seems like things are finally starting to come up Linda. In the last few weeks, I’ve moved into a flat by myself, which is still standing; I’ve been made Senior Editor of Berlin Logs, which is going into print in the next couple of months; I’ve been invited to the first birthday party of Nestpick, simply because they want to “strengthen their relationship with great bloggers”, and I’ve been brandishing my shiny new press pass to get a complimentary ticket to one of the biggest shows in Berlin.

Yeah, right... ;)
Yeah, right… 😉

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention… I GOT A JOB!

This in itself was a bit of an ordeal – two Skype interviews, a face-to-face interview and a “test day”. They said they’d let me know last week. And as I’m practically German now, I took them at their word. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday passed by in a blur of clicking “refresh” to see if THE email had arrived. It was reminiscent of being a teenager waiting for THE boy to call – which he usually didn’t. (Looking back, I dodged a few bullets there.)

Finally, on Friday, in a fug of desperation and knowing they work until 6pm, I sent them an email at 5.55 to see if there was any news. Cue almost breaking my fingers clicking “refresh” – to no avail… until 7.20 when AT LAST the email came through telling me that I had the job. Oh, the sweet blessed relief! The messages, the phone calls, the wine, the celebrations!

The details still have to be figured out and it will probably be at least a month before I start, but I’ll be working for a small start-up company (perfect), doing sales and marketing (perfect), with three men (perfect).

Now, I just need to figure out how to do my German taxes and life really will be perfect. But then, there’s a four-day weekend coming up, complete with a four-day beer festival, so maybe the taxes can wait…

Working on my biceps

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106 thoughts on “Breaking Berlin”

          1. Phew. No I’ve been a bad blogger. Just about scraping a post every day but doing no reading, following or liking. What a cow! Maybe there should be a blogging award for that. We could call it Slacker!

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                1. Some posts more than others! And I think people forgive you for a while for not reading their stuff – probably only so long you can get away with it for though!

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  1. Congrats! You’ll be a natural at this, as is evidenced by your blogging audience. They’re lucky you have you.

    I’m behind on your posts. I haven’t been here in aaaagges. Can’t wait till get caught up. I skipped the more recent one to go further back. You deserve this, btw. Cheers cutie!

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  2. OMG OMG OMG I going maximum SQUEE here! CONGRATULATIONS! Ok, so now when I come to Berlin, we can both go out in our corporate best, looking like super-successful business ladies, right? RIGHT? XOXOX

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    1. Ha ha, it’s a start-up – I’ll be wearing my jeans every day! But I can make an effort just for you – we’d probably stand out like sore thumbs (or Russians) here though!! 🙂


      1. OUCH 😉 It’s ok, I wear jeans every day in the winter here too. Now I am in a tanktop and a mini-skirt (it’s gorgeous weather out). But we can put on airs!

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  3. Congratulations, Linda! Goodness, when you have success, you have success all around!! You have a flat to yourself, been christened Blogging Queen of Berlin, and now you have a JOB!! You go, girl 🙂

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  4. Congrats! You’ve got some exciting times ahead–I can’t wait to hear all about it! And you’ve just coined my new favorite phrase: “fug of desperation.” Perfect–I think we’ve all been there before.

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      1. I’ve actually made a little progress! Tiny mouse steps, but I’ve very pleased–I think my ear is getting better. But my classes ended last week, and I can’t get back into the classroom until next fall–there’s my fug of desperation! Now I have to just practice on real people and real conversations, instead of sitting in the safety of my beginners class. (If you could hear me saying this, you’d sense shear terror in my voice.) (JK) (sort of)

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        1. That’s the hump we all have to get over I think! I don’t panic like I used to which is a good first step 🙂 Need to get back in the classroom when I know what area I’ll be living in for a while!


  5. Whoo-hoo! Congrats on the new job! I’m really happy for you.
    Will you be teaching English as before? Or is this a new career path?

    Time to celebrate with beer and sausages. Let’s hope Nigel can keep his cookies down this time. 🙂

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    1. New career path – teaching is just too unreliable here! Getting a foot in the door of the start-up scene is a good move – at least I think so! 🙂
      And as for Nigel – I guess time will tell 😉 He managed to keep my dinner down which was a start, I guess!

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    1. Me too! Would have been gutted if I’d had to leave – but probably would have gone home for a bit, saved up, and then come back to try again anyway 😉 They won’t get rid of me that easily haha!

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  6. Woohoooo woo! Real job and a press pass to boot, congrats! I think the first few months are a big ol’ stress ball for everyone, but if you can get through that you should be just golden. 🙂 Make Berlin yours, my dear! *raises wine glass in the general direction of Berlin*

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  7. Congratulations! It sounds like life is starting take a positive turn! Good luck with taxes. I don’t even understand how to do American taxes. I just clicked a whole bunch of buttons and hoped it was all correct.

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    1. Ha, yeah, I have a feeling my experience will probably be like that – except it will be all wrong! I’m sure there’ll be a post on it at some stage – maybe after Beerfest 🙂

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