City In Transition

I lived in Berlin for 6 months when I was in college.  I had an OK time.  I spent the first three months living with a family that lived on the outskirts of the city, so it took me about an hour to get to school.  That wouldn't be so bad here but Berlin has great mass transit and everyone else lived about 15 minutes from campus, so it kind of sucked that I had such a long commute.  I never really talked to any of my host family because I could never really come home during the day and by the time I got home they were all asleep.  Once I skipped class and my host-sister, who I never really met got into this ridiculous fight with my host-mom: things were flying, lots of crying.  My german wasn't too good at the time so I ddin't know what they were screaming about but it totally weirded me out.  Families fight, I know, but still.  don't be inviting people into your house then to listen!

Then the next three months I lived in the Turkish part of town, Kreuzberg.  I had some job at this technical university doing stuff I wasn't really qualified to do. 

I didn't really make any friends in Berlin.  But I got to travel a whole lot which was great -- saw a lot of western europe, got to see different cultures.  A mixed bag I'd say but I'm glad I did it.
Seraph1m Seraph1m
26-30, M
Jul 3, 2007