Things I learned while living in Berlin:
- Not all the Arabs hate us.
- Europeans really like to queue up.
- Fruits abroad are actually quite tasty.
- Especially cherries.
- Their lettuce is really good.
- Their cucumbers are huge. Really huge.
- Parks abroad are immense and are nothing like we know in Israel.
- Cellular packages in Israel are much cheaper than in Berlin.
- There are Israelis everywhere.
- There is no real winter in Israel.
- Snow is fun.
- Winter is fun.
- Sundays off are the best thing ever.
- After a while you can get used even to the most disgusting language in the world for me – German.
- After a while you can understand quite a lot in German, even without learning.
- Germans don’t like and don’t speak English that well.
- Any spice/vegetable that reminds you of home and you want to buy but is not available at your local supermarket – is available at the Turkish or Iranian supermarket.
- There is no real summer in Berlin.
- Living in s country without a sea is a bit strange.
- A lake is not a sea.
- Subway is not as scary as it sounds.
- Burekas are hard to find abroad.
These are the insights I gathered when I lived in Berlin. Now, humor aside – there is no doubt that Israel is home but I still think that this is one of the most empowering experiences I have ever had and I am thankful every minute for this amazing opportunity. And to tell the truth? I am absolutely ready to try other places around the globe!
Let me know about things that you learned about living abroad and if you didn’t have the chance yet – where would you have liked to live?
Photos by Matan Raban.
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