Hey y’all, I’m finally in Berlin. Well, I’ve been here since yesterday but oh wells. I promise to do a post with pictures of my living space tomorrow since everything is apparently closed on Sunday. I find it kind of weird because I usually do my grocery shopping on a Sunday because that’s when I’m usually free. I’ll be wandering around looking for the few that are open tomorrow though!
Yesterday I made it to the Instanbul airport without incident which was great after all the things that went wrong during the previous days. The airport was large and extremely crowded with a severe lack of sitting space. Many people were sitting on the floor and all the cafes were jam packed. I had quite a bit of time to kill since my gate information was not released yet due to it being too early. I managed to snag a table full of garbage at Starbucks and spent some time there. Eventually an old British couple joined me at my table.
I tried Turkish coffee for the first time at a random small cafe near my gate and I did not enjoy it. It was really bizarre and just not my thing.
My second plane ride went without incident either. Well actually, when we landed, the cupboard where my carry on was got jammed so I couldn’t get my suitcase and the man next to me was super nice and pulled it out for me through another door. Also interestingly, there was no separate area for customs. As soon as we stepped off the plane we had to show our passports and state our purpose. Also there’s a huge island outside the airport (the airport is pretty small to be honest..) where people wait for taxis. There were two super long lines and took me about half an hour to get a taxi for myself. Also it started raining. By the time I reached my hostel, it started pouring we had to run for it to my room. The room was pretty nice, I had my own little hall since there wasn’t many people renting I guess. I got a whole room to myself which had 4 tiny beds, a desk with a computer/tv and a big closet with cooking utensils. I also managed to get a washroom all to myself 😀
I woke up this morning and went to meet with the guy from the company that I rented my apartment from. He told me to leave my luggage downstairs (I left my third one locked up at the hostel) and insisted that the security is very safe in the building. I was winded after climbing 5 floors and it was a bit awkward and showed how out of shape I was. Maybe I’ll be in shape after my stay here haha. I signed the paper, paid my first rent and apparently had to pay a deposit as well which set me back a lot :S.. Good thing I pulled out extra money or that would have been very awkward. He left, I went down to grab my first luggage. I dragged them both up the stairs. It was slow and tedious and I was dying. I managed to leave my keys, purse AND my hostel keys in the room and did not realize that doors in Berlin lock by themselves. I try to force my way back in which did not work. I sat on the steps for awhile wondering what to do and mentally kicking myself.
I then took a chance and went back to the hostel, luckily I remembered the passcode. I ring the office doorbell but no one answers and I hear shower sounds. I wait about 15 minutes and eventually I manage to get his attention and manage to explain my situation. I was trying to ask if I could get on the internet to find the number for the apartment company but he said he knows how to open those doors. He grabs a plastic bottle, rips it apart and we go to the apartment. He rings everyone’s bell but no one answers so he tries to break in the FRONT door with the bottle and a guy comes by and stares at us suspiciously, he ends up opening the door for us but still watches us. So the hostel manager tries to open my door but it doesn’t work. He tells me to stay with my luggages as I apparently should NOT trust any neighbors and he goes to hunt down a door unlocking company which will apparently set me back 50 euros. I suggested calling the apartment company again but he said he’ll get it worked out. I wait a VERY long time and he comes back saying that because it is a weekend it will cost 90 euros. He then pulls out his old passport and starts attempting to break into my apartment again. Finally after many many tries and injuring his back and his hand (it was bleeding), he succeeds and huzzah (I’m not naming him or his hostel in case he gets in trouble).
I ended up too tired and mentally exhausted to go eat even though I was starving by that point and fell asleep waiting to meet my new friend Nora. We finally met up and wandered out in search of food. We found a decent priced place but was pestered by a wasp who seemed really attracted to us. Later we wandered around, saw a lot of cool graffiti and then headed to the TV Tower. We managed to a hit a bunch of major spots and had some awesome moccacinos.
I will try to cut down on the length of my posts I promise!
It seems I have run into more problems. I should have paid attention more to the documents I needed for my residence permit and the price of it. This will set me back more money because I have to renew BOTH my health insurance AND residence permit after a year. I may or may not have to beg them to let me switch to the one year program so that I can save some money. Also the surprise extra deposit this morning took away my spending money that I took out for buying necessary things for my day to day life. It’s totally my fault though. I should have calculated the costs better and planned extra in case of problems like these.