Category: Expat Life

The Berlin Freelance Hustle

According to predictions, half of the workforce in the US will be freelancers by 2027. That shift is already evident in Berlin, with the rising number of freelancers and startups arriving in the city, and the highest number of self-employed workers in all of Germany. Maybe you’ve decided to make Berlin your home and want to go the independent route as…

New Arrivals in Berlin

Are you a new arrival who decided to wing your move to Berlin? Or have you spent several hours scouring the internet for a starting point for your move to Berlin with no luck? We’re here to help. You’ve read about the struggles of getting a visa but there’s so much more you’ll have to take care of in order…

Navigating Healthcare in Berlin

By Serita Braxton When I first arrived in Berlin from the US, I was completely overwhelmed and confused by the German healthcare system. I knew that I was required to be covered but I didn’t know the difference between public or private healthcare or whether I was eligible for either. Growing up, I was privileged enough to go from my…

Life After Receiving a Visa

By Serita Braxton If you’ve read the story of how I struggled to become an official Berlinerin then you can probably imagine how extremely excited I was once I had my visa in my hands. It felt like a whole new world had opened up – one full of opportunities, more stability and most importantly, less stress. Unfortunately that quick moment…

A Visa Tale from a Berlin Expat

By Serita Braxton This month marks a year and a half since I arrived in Berlin after a long flight from the United States. Having visited on four separate occasions, I decided this was the city I wanted to start a new life in despite not knowing the language, not having a job lined up and not having an established…