The snow crunched under my feet and I giggled as I made my way around in circles all over the freshly fallen snow. The snowflakes hung delicately in the air as Shaun and I precariously balanced ourselves on the ice as we walked towards our friends house, bottle of wine in tow.
“We totally need to make this work.” I said.
“Yeah we do.” Shaun replied.
And for the first time we agreed on where we can see ourselves living other than Austin. Berlin, you captured our hearts the first time. The second time, you locked them up and threw away the key.
…and these words escaped my lips more than my fair share of times…
There it was. The kiss of death (in a good way).
Why move to Berlin? Here are a few reasons:
1. We have friends here. Berlin is becoming a travel blogger mecca and the greatest part about that is that being travel bloggers ourselves, we understand that we leave all the time. It is nice to catch up when someone happens to be in town. It is nice to come to Berlin and know you have a community waiting for you.
2. We get to experience seasons. In the past year Shaun and I got to experience our first autumn and my first winter here. I had never seen snow fall in a city before (not counting the horrid blizzard we were in while in Iceland and feared for our lives while not leaving the safety of the car). Weather in Austin goes from insanely hot to… mild.
3. We fit in. Not to say we didn’t fit in at home but we also fit in here. Everyone has piercings, colored hair, and tattoos. AND we’re not followed around by anti-theft people in stores. It is nice. I even went into this awesome little punk rock club where the rollerderby girls were celebrating after the evening’s bout and they were blasting rockabilly. *swoon*
4. Cheap beer. Yes, even cheaper than Austin. Need I say more?
5. Art. Is. Everywhere. Whether it be the amazing street art, the great galleries, or the loads of live music and bars that are here, there is always something to see or do. I would have a whole new city to explore and that makes me SUPER excited.
With the availability of the “artist visa” and the cheap living that is here, it makes for a viable choice for us to continue our traveling lifestyle. We would love to keep a home base, travel, and have somewhere to come back to. With all of the New Yorkers and Californians moving to Austin and driving up our rent, it just isn’t within our realm of possibility anymore… but Berlin is.
I have never lived outside of Texas before. I’m a little scared and a little excited. Have you lived abroad before? What advice do you have?