I’m David and I’m a Berlin-aholic.
I’ve been living in Berlin for over five years now and in that time I have seen more than I ever thought possible. Friends, some of them native Berliners, have asked me how I know so much about the city. The answer: I’ve walked the streets, I’ve devoured blogs and scoured Twitter, always looking for something of interest in the city I love.
For me, it was love at first sight. I first came to Berlin in the summer of 2009, lured by the promise of walls decorated with some of the finest Street Art the world has to offer. What I discovered was a city with so many layers (and with the harshness of the winters here it needs layers believe me).
On that first trip, I spent 5 days getting to know Berlin – I started with the obvious tourist attractions: the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and the East Side Gallery but even then I was enamoured with the diversity of the architecture, the proliferation of bars, cafes and restaurants, and the sheer pleasure of drinking a beer bought from a Späti as I wandered.
I returned in 2010. And then with a trip in the summer of 2011 already booked I decided to quit my job in London and spend a year living in Berlin so I could really experience the place.
The love affair hasn’t waned. If anything my feelings have grown stronger. On that first visit I felt more at home in Berlin than anywhere I had been before but now ‘Berlin is home’.
I find out more about my new home every day and seem to add items to my Berlin to do list faster than I can knock them off. I’m always looking for more suggestions though so get in touch if you have a Berlin must-have, must-do or must-see for me.
You will find more about how to get in touch on my Contact page.