Happy 2 Year Berliner-versary To Me / by Nicole Paulus


2 years ago, on this exact date, I embarked on what would soon become, the greatest adventure of my life. I arrived in Berlin on March 3, 2015, full of excitement and wonder (surprisingly, fear and worry were two of the furthest things from my mind.) Don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of hurdles (like finding an apartment, navigating my way through German bureaucracy, making friends, hell, even grocery shopping was a hurdle when I didn’t speak the language. One time I even had to buy something because I couldn’t figure out how the hell to get out of the store otherwise. But no matter lonely or confused or overwhelmed I was at times, I never, ever, questioned my decision to be here.

For some weird reason I can’t explain, I felt like I belonged here. Still do, in fact.

Flash forward a few years later…I now have an apartment in a highly sought after neighbourhood, a handful of amazing friends who I can laugh or dance or roller blade through anything with, and a much, much better grasp of the German language (although I will never understand why the hell these people need three words for “the”). 

Now don’t get me wrong, I still have plenty of daily hurdles (like waiting one hour on hold with the Internet company only to be abruptly hung up when I ask if she speaks English) or trying to track down my packages at random neighbours’ houses because the postman refuses to climb the stairs to reach my apartment. 

And then there are the homesick hurdles….

I have to watch my niece grow up via Instagram and rely on crappy Skype connections to get me through bad days instead of receiving a much needed ‘mama hug.’  And oh god, don’t get me started on how badly I crave Mexican food sometimes, and how completely, utterly devoid this country is, of anything close to resembling a Sonoran style burrito. But hey— at least I have something to look forward to when I make my yearly pilgrimage back to the homeland, right?

All those things aside, I absolutely love my life here. And to celebrate my two-year Berlinerversary, tonight I am throwing a wild costume party with some of my closest friends (and a few extras), complete with all the best techno and all the best vibes. I can’t wait to see what crazy adventures the next year brings. Thanks to everyone who has supported me along the way. I appreciate you dearly.