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…

First Date Locations

After a recent fiasco during a date, which I considered to be a creative first date idea, I came to realize that I should probably spend more time thinking about appropriate first date locations and their advantages and disadvantages. Because even though we quickly judge an invitation to a local neighborhood bar as boring, it might not be such a…

The Disappearing Friends of Berlin

By: Serita Braxton As I scroll through all of the Facebook groups for women in Berlin, the most frequent post I see is of women looking to meet new people in the hopes of making friends. These posts generally get hundreds of likes and dozens of other women with the same goal eager to meet up. Meeting details are agreed…

Men on Dating Apps: Opening Lines

Now that you’ve mastered which photos best reflect who you are on whichever (or all) the dating apps that you chose, here’s where the real work starts. You begin to browse through your matches and swipe left or right. (Don’t be the guy who only swipes right with reckless abandon.) Then you eventually match with a nice woman who has a…

How To Like Berlin

By Katrin Ziegler Many young people in Germany actually think you should live in Berlin at least once in your life. I agree. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll like it. Don’t get me wrong. Many people actually do like it. It’s big, it’s comparably cheap, it’s individual, it’s artsy. Ya’ll already know that Berlin and I have a…

How To Survive Berlin

By Katrin Ziegler I always thought I didn’t really care about places as long as they met certain basic requirements – not too small, reasonable transportation, considerable amount of bars and cultural events – until I moved to Berlin. The city and I have a difficult relationship. Maybe that is because returning to my home country after living in San Francisco…

Berlin Karnival der Kulturen 2018

Rich in history and culture, Carnivals are celebrated all over the world. Every year a unification of cultures from different continents culminate in Berlin for a four day celebration called Karnival der Kulturen. This year, the events begin on Friday May 18 at 4 pm and end Monday May 21 at 7 pm and, as always, admission is free. Since…