Settling in Berlin, Germany

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Jesse Jia
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Finally settled down

At the time of writing this, I have finally settled down in what I will call my home for the next few months. For those of you who don’t know, I will be working in Berlin over the next few months doing research at the Technical University of Berlin. If you’re curious about the research you can send me a message and I can briefly explain it to you. But for most of you, let’s get to the fun part, what does this mean to your travels? Well, I’m excited to say that Berlin will now be my home base where I can easily travel all across the European region. My goal is to travel to a new destination every weekend while updating the blog throughout my downtime during the weeks. Also, I have booked off the last couple of weeks in August so that I can focus solely on travelling before returning back home for school in September. That’s pretty much the gist of everything.

Settling in Berlin

Settling down in Berlin was no easy task by any means. Finding a place to stay here is extremely difficult at the moment. Now consider a foreigner who is only looking for a short-term stay that doesn’t speak a word in German. That just amplifies the difficulty. After a couple of nights in an Airbnb then a few nights in a youth hostel all while desperately trying to find a place to stay. I hit the jackpot with one advertisement. Although it’s not 100% perfect, it’s definitely much better than a hostel and surely I now have a secure base that I can travel out of!

Now you’re probably asking yourself, why didn’t you secure yourself a place before arriving in Berlin? Well, the truth is that I definitely tried but had zero luck whatsoever. It is much easier finding a reasonable place one you arrive unless you’re willing to pay an overpriced rent along with high deposits and agency fees.

How did I get here?

For those of you who’ve been following along, I was actually doing a little bit of travelling before finally settling down here and starting my internship. I was extremely fortunate to travel around in Switzerland for 2 weeks visiting Zurich, Geneva and all the beautiful villages in between before heading over to Paris to catch the final weekend at Roland Garros. Stay tuned as I will be soon posting all my stories from Switzerland. My trip began in Zurich then in exact order followed Lucerne (Luzern), Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Murren, Stechelberg, Grindelwald, Zermatt, and finally finished off in Geneva. I’m sure most of these cities/villages you have never heard of before but these are definitely some of the most beautiful places I’ve been in the world.

After the 2 weeks in Switzerland, I finished off my trip in Paris catching both the men’s semifinals and finals at Roland Garros 2017. This aspect of my trip was planned much in advance but definitely one of the main highlights. There’s no comparing watching sports in a live atmosphere than on TV. The tennis fan in me just couldn’t resist watching Rafael Nadal win his 10th Roland Garros title. I will also be writing about this in the near future and even posting some videos from the event, so stay tuned for that as well.

Overall, the past couple weeks have been an amazing experience, one in which I wish I could relive. As of now, I have future weekends to plan that can hopefully match the beauty of the past few weeks. The great thing about Europe is that everything is so close by and very much accessible. So it shouldn’t be difficult finding my next destination!

This was another one of my quick updates and I will be posting regular content soon!

Thanks for following 🙂

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