The Best Neighborhood in Berlin: An Interview With Katy Derbyshire (and a giveaway)

Berlin Mitte. Photo copyright dpa

Berlin Mitte. Photo copyright dpa

Everybody has something to say about Berlin.  Even people who have never been there seem convinced it is the best city on Earth.  Katy Derbyshire, a translator, British expat, and Berlin resident, has lived there since 1996. When I talked to her at the Frankfurt Book Fair, I asked her about her to tell Young Germany readers a little about where she lives for our series on Berlin neighborhoods.

What part of Berlin do you live in? 

KD: Mitte.

What is it like?

KD: Mitte is very, very central with a lot of culture. It’s 100 percent gentrified… It’s no longer the coolest part of town. (That, she tells me, is now Neukölln.)  It is fairly international, as well.

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German Cuisine: Making a Wedding Cake

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

It was the photo of a wedding cake in the shape of a Louis Vuitton suitcase that had my cousin’s girlfriend in Germany in stitches a few years ago. I had emailed her the link to show her how outrageous some American wedding cakes are. Back then I decided that when she and my cousin got married I would make them a wedding cake. They did get married last winter, and when they announced they would visit us in August, it was finally time to get to work.

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The Best Neighborhood in Berlin: An Interview With Der Irische Berliner (and a giveaway)

Berlin televison tower tv tower Berlin skyline

Berlin. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Berlin.  Everybody loves it.  Everybody talks about it.  Everybody likes to say it is over, or has just begun.  But if you want to move there, it can be hard to know where to start.  Giulia Pines recommends finding the right neighborhood.  Her book Finding Your Feet in Berlin is full of helpful tips (in English!) about making Berlin your new home, and we’re giving away two copies right here.

In the meantime, we’re collecting more insider tips on Berlin neighborhoods.  Today we’ve brought Der Irische Berliner on by to find out about his neighborhood and why he loves it.

What Berlin neighborhood do you live in? 

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The Best Neighborhood in Berlin: An Interview With Sole Satisfaction (and a giveaway)

Graffiti in Prenzlauerberg, Berlin. Photo copyright dpa

Graffiti in Prenzlauerberg, Berlin. Photo copyright dpa

What do you  need to know to get settled in Berlin?  Giulia Pines’ book Finding Your Feet in Berlin has all the answers to your questions.  One of the most important factors is finding the neighborhood that is right for you.  But how to choose?  Which neighborhood is the best? Today we’ve got Kate from Sole Satisfaction here to tell us about her neighborhood and why it is awesome.  As for that book we mentioned, we’re giving away two copies of Finding Your Feet in Berlin right here, right now, so go enter and vote on your favorite Berlin neighborhood.

What Berlin neighborhood do you live in?

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The Week in Germany: So Many Interesting Links, There Can’t Be a Short Title

Full moon at the Frankfurt Dippemess.  Going on now until September 22.  Photo copyright dpa

Full moon at the Frankfurt Dippemess. Going on now until September 22. Photo copyright dpa

The Berlin Festival of Lights looks really, really pretty.

I know because Sole Satisfaction went, and she shared her pictures right here.  It looks pretty trippy.

What is grad school in Germany like?

Welcome to Germerica is here to tell you all about it.

Bautzen is also really pretty.

But not in the same way that the Berlin Lights Festival is.  You can look at photos on das Blog right here.

What is weird about Bavaria?

This Californian transplant in Bavaria is going to tell you.

Art in office buildings.

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German Cuisine: Doughnuts Out of Africa

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

“May I have some?”, my husband asked after he finished photographing the German carnival pastries I had made as tasting samples for a German food and history talk to the German club of a local high school. I allowed my photographer to eat the two rejects and took away the rest.

Driving home with the empty trays in the trunk, I felt bad about it. My husband photographs just about everything for Spoonfuls of Germany. It sometimes takes 2 or 3 hours until he is satisfied with the set, the light and the “pose”, and before he signs off on the food portraits that you see.

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