Yep, I’m the queen of procrastination. 6 months after the fact and here’s a blog post featuring my favorite Instagram postcards of September in Berlin.
My original intention was to finish this series by the end of 2012 but life as it often does, happened to get in the way. I actually moved back to Toronto, started a new job, reunited with friends and moved into a new apartment. As you can imagine, it took time to settle in again.
Missing Berlin, feeling sorry for myself, I became a social recluse in January and February. I spent the time working, working some more and then even some more for good measure. I had nights where I left the office at 10 – 11 PM! In my spare time, I unpacked boxes and tried rather unsuccessfully to assemble my newly purchased Ikea furniture. I even blogged obsessively about everywhere BUT Berlin. It was just too hard.
In a short 18 months, Berlin became my home. Something that I hadn’t expected to happen when I first set out on my crazy journey to move to Berlin. As good as time had been there, I’d been so happy to come home to Toronto that I didn’t think leaving would be so hard. Yet the morning I boarded my plane at Schönefeld, I looked out the window and cried for about 15 minutes straight.
I’m happy to say my little pity party is over and I’ve come out from under my umbrella of depression. I may have given up on my expat living ways for the time being but who knows what the future holds in store? Toronto’s great and it’s my home right now.
So life as an expat in Berlin in September 2012. While August in Berlin was great, September was even better. I spent the first part of the month on the road like usual, heading out to Italy and Portugal and even going on a fun day trip to Braunschweig to see the Happy Rizzi House. Despite all of the travel, I still managed to make the best of my time at home taking in my first ice hockey game abroad and attending a local Oktoberfest celebration.
Berlin Street Art is Unlike Anywhere Else on Earth.
Brandenburger Tor Looking Fancy During the Festival of Lights.
My Favorite Second Hand English Bookstore in Berlin – Saint George’s.
My final October and November editions will be coming soon (yes, really) but in the meantime, you can always follow me on Instagram (@cherylhowardblog) to see photo updates about my life in Toronto and of course, on the road.