Honey, I’m home

January 6, 2011

A month ago Johan and I were in Berlin to search for an apartment and went to look at this one for fun. It looked too shabby in the pictures we saw on the internet and at first coal heating didn’t sound like much fun. When we stepped into it, we both fell in love. It’s like a Berlin apartment version of Adolf’s house.

If I lean out of the balcony I see Fernsehturm, my favourite building in the world. Still can’t believe I’m not going to go back to Gothenburg again. All of our stuff will arrive here today.

See you soon!

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  • Reply ionuca January 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Wow, this is great news!!!! I am so happy for you!!!! 🙂

  • Reply q January 6, 2011 at 9:23 am

    wow that is awesome – best wishes to you in your new home/city! 🙂

  • Reply Maria January 6, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Love your pictures!!

  • Reply Gemma January 6, 2011 at 9:23 am

    The door handles are beautiful – can't wait to see more. Congratulations on the move.

  • Reply monda-loves January 6, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Wow – even it in shabby state you can see it's beauty. Lucky you!

  • Reply V January 6, 2011 at 9:34 am

    i'm really happy for both of you and can't wait to see more pics of your life in your dream city !
    have a wonderful first day here !

  • Reply Anna January 6, 2011 at 9:47 am

    so happy for you!
    good luck!!!

  • Reply anne January 6, 2011 at 9:57 am

    So exciting! Wish you all the best for your new adcenture and your new place!!

  • Reply Maddie January 6, 2011 at 10:02 am

    So Friedrichshain it is!

  • Reply ●• Thereza January 6, 2011 at 10:03 am

    yay! wonderful. and i'm sure you'll make it look amazing. good luck with the new place, new year, new everything 🙂

  • Reply ingeborg January 6, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Wow, I am so happy for you. To me it seems a big step to move into another country, but Berlin must be great for you. 🙂 I am curious about how your apartment looks when you are settled!

  • Reply jana January 6, 2011 at 10:20 am

    congrats! i'm looking forward to see more photos of that place. it looks promising 🙂

  • Reply Marion January 6, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Yes ! Happy for you !

  • Reply victoriatje January 6, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Välkommen til Berlin! Grüße aus der Nachbarschaft 🙂

  • Reply mette/ungt blod January 6, 2011 at 10:48 am

    S O E X C I T IN G! and what a view! i can't wait to see more of your place once you get settles and to hear about becoming a berliner!

  • Reply MAEDCHENWAHN January 6, 2011 at 11:08 am

    That a real great decision…we consider whether we should even dare. well, in May or June we will be in Berlin for a while again…

    HERZLICHST izabella

  • Reply Saga January 6, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Åh vad spännande! Kommer bli så roligt att följa era berlinäventyr, och se vad ni gör av lägenheten. Lycka till!

  • Reply Petra January 6, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Just be careful, I almost killed myself once, heating with coal, having fallen asleep and having closed the stove too early. my flat mate at the time came and woke me up on time…. I still miss Berlin and my last flat there, even the carrying coal up into the 4th floor all the time ;o)

  • Reply Gina Lee Bean January 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Congrats Sandra on following your dreams and getting there…Yay!!!
    Just out of curiousity…what is that powdery stuff of the floor? Is it sawdust?

  • Reply hallo heute January 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Willkommen in Berlin!
    Some friends of mine love this special warmth that comes from heating with coal. In the last picture the floor looks a lot as if there's GDR varnish on it (under the old glue)…it's a hell of work to get rid of it (in case you wanna do that).
    And by the way: The dream you have during you first night in a new home, that comes true…do you remember?

  • Reply FeeMail January 6, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Wow, I can't wait to see more pictures! The handles are amazing….

  • Reply sandrajuto_6360gn January 6, 2011 at 11:48 am

    glad you all are excited too!

    Petra > from being cold or did something happen to the oven? glad it all went well for you. we've just fired our first piece of coal. it's cozy!

    Gina Lee Bean > it's from underneath a carpet that lied all over the floor. so glad to find wooden floors under it!

    hallo heute > vielen dank! we will just paint over it, feels like it's too much work to get rid of the varnish 🙂

  • Reply marie January 6, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    So happy for you ! It will be so nice ! And Berlin…… ♥

  • Reply Samantha January 6, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Oh how very exciting – congratulations! It all happened so fast! At least, from my perspective. Coal heating – how interesting! I might be showing my ignorance, but I didn't know apartments had coal heating.

    I can't wait to see how your new apartment will look once you're all moved in. How big is it?

  • Reply Alessandra January 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    woohooo!!! Fianlly you're HOME 🙂 So happy for you Sandra, that's the way to start the year!!

  • Reply erin jane / atlantictreefox January 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    congrats! it looks beautiful!

  • Reply Alexandra Hedberg January 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Grattis till lägenheten! Skall bli så spännande att få följa dina äventyr i Berlin…

  • Reply amandayata January 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Sandra, CONGRATULATIONS on your move and the new place! All the best for 2011!!
    I look forward to seeing more pictures of your apartment!

  • Reply MANDY January 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    How great … looks amazing, ENJOY !!!

  • Reply Deleilan January 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    It sounds like the start of a wonderful adventure… Welcome home, Sandra!

  • Reply Aramar January 6, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Congratulations! What a great way to start a new year 🙂

  • Reply Line January 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    New Beginnings yes!!

  • Reply Maria January 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    WOW!! fina detaljer av ert nya hem, väntar med spänning på att få se mer..! jag gillade verkligen berlin, nu förstår jag varför du ville flytta dit:) hela stan har en speciell känsla över sig som jag ännu inte kommit på vad det är..?
    stort grattis till flytten!!

  • Reply Lea January 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    all the best for you both and a new start in berlin! that's great!

  • Reply EvaForeva January 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    It looks beautiful Sandra! Congratulations! I cannot wait to see how you are going to make it your home.

  • Reply suffragette January 6, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    that's exciting! that door handle is just exquisite 🙂 all the best for your new life in Berlin!

  • Reply Katrin January 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Well, welcome to Berlin!

    Coal heating, hmm… good luck with that. It makes a nice warmth though. Happy settling in!

  • Reply Becky January 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Wow, so lovely and exciting! Congratulations on the move! I'm sure you will love your new place as much as you love your new city!

  • Reply nina January 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Wow! Willkommen! I remember the coal heated apartments. I am sure sometimes it will be a pain, BUT also a unique experience.
    Can't wait to hear about all of your adventures!
    I heart the Fernsehturm too 🙂

  • Reply A-nah! January 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Soooo nice your new home, your view, Berlin… ♥

    Viel Glück!

  • Reply ktinka January 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Welcome to Berlin!

  • Reply L January 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm


  • Reply gina January 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    oh yes, painted floors.
    a bit of swedish influence. :^)

  • Reply Karen January 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Dear sandra,
    Wish you and J. all the best in this Berlin adventure!
    I think I really like the colour of the tiles in the coal heater. It reminds me of my bathroom back in the 80s… am I ruining it??!? I'm serious, I really like it.


  • Reply HELLA-STELLA January 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Wonderful start for the year!!!!
    And your apartment is in such a lovely part of city…

  • Reply Anonymous January 6, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Berlin, dein Gesicht hat Sommersprossen,

    und dein Mund ist viel zu groß,

    dein Silberblick ist unverdrossen,

    doch nie sagst du: »Was mach' ich bloß?«

    Berlin, du bist viel zu flach geraten

    für die Schönheitskonkurrenz.

    Doch wer liebt schon nach Metermaßen,

    wenn du dich zu ihm bekennst?

    Berlin, du bist die Frau mit der Schürze,

    an der wir unser Leben lang zieh'n.

    Berlin, du gibst dem Taufschein die Würze,

    und hast uns dein »Na und« als Rettungsring verlieh'n.

    Berlin, deine Stirn hat Dackelfalten,

    doch was wärst du ohne sie?

    Wer hat dich bloß so jung gehalten,

    denn zum Schlafen kommst du nie.

    Berlin, mein Gemüt kriegt Kinderaugen,

    und mein Puls geht viel zu schnell,

    nimmst du mich voller Selbstvertrauen

    an dein verknautschtes Bärenfell.

  • Reply irene January 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    willkommen, sandra. ich poste gerade meine berlinfotos und mich packt das fernweh, wenn ich an diese stadt denke. ich wünsche dir und johan einen guten beginn 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous January 6, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Åh, det ser galet fint ut. Berlin är min favoritstad. Om tre dagar åker jag dit, är så lycklig:)

  • Reply Miriam January 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Liebe Sandra,
    schön dass ihr eine Wohnung gefunden habt! Ist das tatsächlich Friedrichshain? Könnte von der Distanz zum Fernsehturm hinkommen… Kohleöfen gehören irgendwie zu Berlin, solange das Bad einigermaßen ok ist… 😉 Die Türklinke ist ein Traum und es hat ja auch seine Vorteile, wenn man sich eine Wohnung erst mal schön her richtet, so kann man dann gleich mit gestalten… Viel Erfolg und herzlich Willkommen!

  • Reply tommy January 6, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Looks like a wonderful place to start the year, it looks like it has seen so much, but still waiting for you to make your mark on it.

  • Reply Lisen January 6, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    men det är ju typ som när ni flytta in in gbg-1:an ju? 😉 Blogga mer! Snart!!

  • Reply laundrygirl January 6, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Sound very cool and kinda magical to end up in a place that reminds you of such a special place. Seems meant to be. Happy New Year!

  • Reply Kate January 6, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    yay!!! I can't wait to see and hear more about it, Sandra!

  • Reply Joerdis! January 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    i think a ex colleague used to live in that house.
    it's going to be fabulous 😉

  • Reply kristina - no penny for them January 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    yay! welcome, welcome, welcome…

  • Reply grapf January 6, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Gratuliere dir ganz herzlich zur Wohnung in Berlin, Sandra! Ich hoffe, wir werden uns dort mal treffen!

  • Reply doko January 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I'll miss Gbg but I'm happy for you guys! 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer January 6, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Happy New Year to you & Johan! I think it looks like a romantic situation in an old-world kind of way. I am looking forward to a slice of life in Berlin.

  • Reply Veja cecilia January 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    oh, härliga tider! längtar efter mer bilder. ha det super.

  • Reply Gabi January 6, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Yay, you're in Deutschland! Willkommen!

    I'm happy for you, it was really due to move I guess :). I wish you all the best!

    By the way, we're looking for a new apartment, too! We're moving to Wismar (Ostsee) asap, yippie-yi-yay!! Wish us luck that everything works out well, will you?

  • Reply Natascha Rosenberg January 6, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Welcome to Berlin!!! And Happy new year!

  • Reply Marianne Kjær Jensen January 7, 2011 at 12:21 am

    It is a happy day (for all) when someone follows their dream. Thanks Sandra for sharing, and for your beautiful photos 🙂

  • Reply E. January 7, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Å vad spännande! Kul att se er på plats 🙂

  • Reply Barbara Ismailovic January 7, 2011 at 3:27 am

    This is great news 🙂 and flat looks so neat.
    Have a wonderful life in Berlin, but I don't doubt in that, it's a magical city. I hope next year I will find my own home in Berlin.
    Wish u all the best 🙂

  • Reply kitchu January 7, 2011 at 3:37 am

    how wonderful!

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  • Reply handmade romance January 7, 2011 at 9:20 am

    oh wow how amazing! my heart is aching looking at these pics. we were in berlin briefly on our honeymoon in november. i unexpectedly fell in love : ) i can not wait to see more through your blog. very happy for your move and that you are happy!!

  • Reply lotte January 7, 2011 at 9:42 am

    hallo liebe sandra,
    ja, .. altbauwohnungen sind toll!!
    und der fernsehturm noch viel mehr.;))
    grüße von hier drüben aus kreuzberg,
    & alles liebe,

  • Reply Masha @ Ornamelle January 7, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Congratulations! Can't wait to see the place when you make it your own, home.

  • Reply Sherman Unkefer January 7, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Amazing! Thanks for sharing your story and your beautiful photos 🙂

  • Reply michelle January 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    congratulations sandra! even though shabby, it is beautiful.
    maybe next time i visit berlin i could meet you!

  • Reply WSAKE January 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    die wohnung wird bestimmt zauberhaft! bin schon sehr gespannt!

  • Reply cis January 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    herzlichen glückwunsch zu der tollen wohnung und alles gute für berlin!
    liebe grüße, cecilia

  • Reply stephanie levy January 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    yay! welcome to Germany Sandra!! can't wait to say hello in Berlin 🙂

  • Reply Carolina Bernardo January 7, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Nice view!

  • Reply Kelly January 7, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    So excited that you're living in one of my favorite places in the world and so looking forward to your photos. 😉

  • Reply Petra January 8, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Kohleofen… man muss warten bis die Flammen weg sind und die Kohle nur noch glueht, dann kann man die Belueftungsklappe zu machen, damit die Waerme im Ofen bleibt. Irgendwie so. Das dauert so ne Stunde, je nachdem wie gross der Ofen ist. Wenn man die Belueftung zu frueh zu macht entsteht Kohlendmonoxid und das ist giftig. Wenn man es zu spaet zumacht verbrennt die Kohle zu schnell und man muss staenig nachheizen. Ich hatte jetlag und habs nicht geschafft zu warten, bis die Kohle geglueht hat, deswegen hab ich den Ofen einfach zugemacht und bin eingeschlafen, bis meine Mitbewohnering reingestuermt kam, die Fenster aufgerissen hat und dann den Ofen aufgemacht hat. Vielleicht hat sie da ja ueberreagiert, aber ich hab seitdem immer schoen aufgepasst 🙂

  • Reply sandrajuto_6360gn January 8, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Petra > vielen dank for telling me about this! i will keep my eyes on it. sehr gut zu wissen 🙂

  • Reply emma January 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    tänk att di är där nu. känslan av att inte åka HEM eller TILLBAKS igen. den är härlig (oftast). jag kan fortfarande säga högt till richard: tänk att vi BOR här! fast vi bott här i över ett år. hoppas det blir samma för er. ni är so worth it. pusselbiten är på plats. gott!!

  • Reply Orangeplaty January 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Oh wow, welcome to my hometown Berlin! It´s wonderful that you´re now here.:)

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