First of all,
When I arrived in
It was not as easy as I had thought though. My criteria were actually quite strict, the most important being that I wanted to live with Germans. Quite normal you might say, but there are so many foreigners and students from all over the world that you are often surrounded with French people, Italians, Spaniards, or any other nationality except German natives. It took 2 weeks until I found the dream WG: a big flat with a living room and balcony, a kicker, 4 bedrooms (there were four of us), a kitchen with dishwasher, big hallway, bathroom with washing-machine, internet, phone, TV and even a Playstation and a Super Nintendo. And on top of all that: 3 Germans as flatmates! What more could I wish for?
University started on 1st October. The first days were “orientation days” for exchange students (like us Erasmus students or other exchange programs). The introductory speech took place in a big lecture hall overfilled with more or less 650 students, all of them exchange students! That was quite impressive. The same day we went on some tours around the university and the village and we had to find the various offices to be registered, fill in loads of papers we did not always understand and all of the usual red tape. That was not the most interesting day of my stay but it turned out to be decisive. The students we met in the queue became very good friends with whom we went to parties and discovered the city.
The university itself is pretty big. The different faculties, buildings and offices are scattered in a village (Dahlem Dorf) in the south-west part of the city, a bit decentred unfortunately but peaceful and green. Thankfully our faculty was in the main building. To be frank, even at the end of our stay we still did not get to know the whole university, but we managed anyway.
Berlin is divided into different areas, each of which has its typicality and is different from the others: Prenzlauer Berg for example in the North-East is on the one hand the “alternative” side of the city and on the other hand, a very peaceful area with lots of children, families etc. Kreuzberg in the South-East is a place where there are lots of very cheap bars and along with Neukölln (in the south-east) is the area where the biggest Turk communities live. Schöneberg, in the South-West where I lived (between the university and the centre) is a bit more residential and quieter but very nice as well. There are quite a few parks and green places everywhere in the city, and the biggest park is the huge Tiergarten, the green lung of
As I previously said,
In comparison with other cities or capitals,
There are still many things to say about