Happy New Year from the Birds of Berlin! May this be the year where all of your New Year’s Resolutions come true! One of my personal goals for 2015 is to write more for this blog and take more pictures to share with friends and family. We live a full life here in Berlin, which is awesome, but it has meant that our blog often falls by the wayside. We have several posts that we’ve intended to write, or are halfway written, but then life happens and it becomes hard to find a spare moment to sit down at the computer. This New Year’s post happens to be one of them.
That being said, in honor of 2015, I, Sarah Ring, solemnly swear that we are going to finish those posts and finally share them, even though the content might be a little outdated. Please bear with us until we get caught up!
While we’re on the subject, here are some pictures from our New Year’s Eve celebration. Some background info:
When David and I first moved here, we went to Ikea. I’m pretty sure this is standard for just about every move made worldwide. Oh, you moved? Time to go to Ikea!
Either way, while we were there we saw a woman carrying a very large rug. David offered to help her carry it and through that exchange we struck up a conversation. Turns out she and her husband recently moved into a new apartment in Berlin. It just so happens they moved to Prenzlauer Berg, which is where we live! Berlin is a big city, so this was a bit remarkable. We ended up meeting up for drinks about a week later and when we started walking home we noticed were all headed the same direction. It turns they live on the same street we do – it just has a different name because it is on the other side of Schönhauser Allee, the big main street that runs through Prenzlauer Berg down to the Mitte.
Since then we’ve struck up a nice relationship. Curiously enough, we were both in Paris the same weekend this past November, so we were able to meet up with our Berlin neighbors for dinner…in Paris. They seem to be our newfound friends of strange coincidences.
They hosted a phenomenal New Year’s Eve party and we were lucky to be among their company when we rang in the New Year. You’ll notice everyone looks a little 70s and this was on purpose. The evening had a theme – Derrick, the murder mystery TV show that took Germany by storm which had its debut in 1974. Alex and Philippe are super creative and put together an entire mystery for us to solve complete with props and alter egos.
Another special addition to the beginning of the new year was a visit by my good friend, Lidy. We met at UofM while she was doing a study exchange. She is Dutch and currently lives in Belgium, so we most often see one another when I am on her side of the world. It had been about 2 1/2 years since our last rendezvous, so it was a real treat to be able to catch up. More on Lidy’s visit in another post.
Update #1, complete. Here’s to 2015!