I first came to Berlin 15 years ago, but it wasn’t until 2006 that I made the move permanent. Most of the first few years were spent like every other person who moves to Berlin in their early 20s; working badly paid jobs whilst discovering the city and thinking it’s the coolest place on the planet. An opinion that changes if you stay for any length of time. I grew up in a North East coastal town in England, so no matter how long I live in Berlin, I will always miss the smell of the sea. Inevitably the excitement of living abroad wears off, as it just becomes your normal life, and that’s where I am now. Married and raising my 2 children in 3 languages (English, Italian and German).
I work for a rather large German company, but thankfully in a very multicultural department, which keeps everything far more interesting. As a hobby I have an English language website about non-league football in Berlin (bloodyhellmagazine.com).
Twitter: @1_4_T & @bloodyhellmag