Ich liebe dich, Berlin.

January 16, 2011

What a weekend. Hours of walking. Hours of cleaning. Hours of removing 40-years-of-cigarette-smoke-yellow wallpaper. Hours of… Trying to understand we’re here. Every night I dream I’m back in Gothenburg trying to pack everything together to be able to move to Berlin. I think my brain hasn’t had the time to process everything properly yet, probably because we were at my parents’ for two weeks before we went here. Tonight we got freshly baked cookies from our neighbours upstairs, with ‘Sandra’ and ‘Johan’ written on the top. I’m touched.

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  • Reply martin January 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    aww. heart warming. i'm happy for you.

  • Reply Kerry Hawkins January 16, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    That is so sweet. Cookies are the best. It seems like alot of work for you but worth it. Love this set of photos

  • Reply charlotte January 16, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

  • Reply lisen January 16, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    nae va fiiint av grannen! (vi fick en ny valpgranne igår, hälsa pån idag, dösöt!)

  • Reply Polina January 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Ich liebe Berlin auch! Tolle Fotos! Ich freue mich für dich/euch, dass ihr jetzt glücklich in Berlin seid.

  • Reply Linda January 16, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Great pictures Sandra! Wish you a good time in Berlin!

  • Reply Vanessa January 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    This is so sweet. How lovely that your neighbors are so warm and welcoming! We've never had a welcoming experience like that from neighbors.

  • Reply ana January 16, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    it kind of feels like discovering your blog all over again 🙂

    I heard that in Berlin, when a building get's a new neighbor, they prepare them a welcome present of things they would need immediately but probably didn't pack them. Like cleaning detergents and squeegees, plastic cups and stuff like that. I thought that was so awesome 🙂

    I love love love the first picture

  • Reply Anne January 16, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    How sweet! Love that first photo!!

  • Reply Rush Poppy January 16, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    I love these photos.

  • Reply fen and ned January 16, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Love the pipework entrance in picture two.
    Cookies with your names on, I've heard of no other neighbours that adorable! x

  • Reply nina January 16, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I am so happy you two are being welcomed with open arms. That is the Germany I grew up in and the one not that many people know about.

  • Reply beth January 16, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Great photos! Sweet neighbors, too!

  • Reply sandrajuto_6360gn January 16, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    yes, it's such a difference from the neighbours we had in gothenburg, i feel so happy and relieved. the ones in gothenburg were so defensive… one night a couple of years ago i woke up by an angry girl knocking on my door (i had nicely asked them to calm down, because they had an all-night party in the middle of the week), she forced my door and tried to drag me out to smash my face (i was naked wearing no glasses… it was horrible and i almost called the police) because she thought i was harrassing them for not "letting them party all night long". we had so thin walls that we heard _everything_, we always knew if a neighbour was sick, had a fight or left the building. it's such a pleasure to have moved away from that place…

  • Reply Barbara Ismailovic January 16, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Aww your neighbors are so great 🙂
    what's that church over there?
    it looks amazing.

  • Reply mirabellef January 17, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Ich liebe dich Berlin too…. 😉
    (i really would like to go back there and to the Michelberger hotel…)

  • Reply Eva / Sycamore Street Press January 17, 2011 at 1:06 am

    oh! i haven't been doing much blog reading lately, so i just saw that you moved to berlin. congratulations! can't wait to see more of your surroundings in this new place.

  • Reply Cassie January 17, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Sandra, your latest Berlin photos are a treat. I visited the city for the first time this year and fell in love with it and it's so nice to see reminders of why.

    Congrats on your new home!

  • Reply Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Enjoy – I say no more …… 🙂

  • Reply kristina - no penny for them January 17, 2011 at 6:49 am


    hope this week has more pleasant adventures in store for you!

  • Reply kerstin January 17, 2011 at 7:13 am

    mys på, var mindfulness så hinner du i kapp….puss

  • Reply rike January 17, 2011 at 8:26 am

    oh everytime i read your new berlin-posts i long for our new-beginning in this years second half … i hope we'll find something similar "feeling good home"


  • Reply annamaria January 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    So glad to get to 'see Berlin ' through your fantastic 'eyes'! 🙂

  • Reply Anne January 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I love Berlin too…and I love you blog. Always filled with cool pictures!

  • Reply E. January 17, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Men, vilken fin present av snälla grannen 🙂

  • Reply tanïa January 18, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Never heard of such cute neighbour-welcome-present! The only contact I have to my neighbours is to accept parcels for each other. Berlin life seems to be wonderful!

  • Reply Tilda B. Hervé January 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    i think the feeling is similar like in holidays: the soul needs more time than the body to 'move' to a new place…. 😉

  • Reply James January 19, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Snap! My wife, um, snapped that same church (Wrangelstrasse, right?)
    Love the blog; love reading about and seeing photos of another person's move to Berlin.
    We love this city too!

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