About the Relle

Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand I was nearing my completion of the tried and true steps to becoming an adult. University? check! Job of 2 years? Check! Living independently away from home? Check! Ready for something more challenging and a whole lot bigger than Auckland, I moved to Berlin in April 2010. As a Kiwi, avoiding an OE is about as unlikely as Tom Cruise converting to sanity, although choosing Berlin made for a pretty bold move. Not being ready for adulthood and frightened by the multitude of friends marrying and contemplating children..it was time to gap. Armed with very little comprehension of the German language but a big yearning for all things unknown we set off on one big year adventure. I aim to provide insight into life on the other side and hopefully convince all those doubtful kids out there that you can conquer Berlin!

31 May 2010

Home Sweet Home..

Wedding has been a welcoming neighbourhood so far, kebabs a plenty and fruit shops galore.  Everything is at our doorstep which makes life easy and lets me give Wedding 2 thumbs up!  I went to IKEA spending 4 hours on Saturday and have now furnished our room.  Daniel really enjoyed the 4 posted oh-so-girly iron bed-frame, that's what you get when you leave it up to the girls!  We are lucky to have an area of lush green as our backyard and a park through the gate.  Recently I presented Dan with ping-pong bats and balls, there have been some close challenges but I have yet to beat him. 

Hope you enjoy xxx
P.S. Obviously it's always sunny like this too...pffft I wish!

Some fun Berlin snaps

Out and about in Berlin so far, the favourites:)

29 May 2010

Lykke Li completes me..

Subject60 - a ridiculous marketing scheme to launch the new Volvo model.  A lavish party series in each of Berlin, London, Milan, Paris and Madrid.  The stars of the night were Swedish star Lykke Li (my most favourite singer ever, despite only having 1 album) and Face Hunter (Europes most popular street style blogger).
Exclusive tickets...well that's where I came into the scheme of things, winning 2 tickets via iHeartBerlin.  Considering Lykke Li hasn't got a scheduled gig here I was a lucky little basket to get the chance to see her!  I've never ever seen people so well dressed, I think Face Hunter had been in their thoughts when they were getting ready.  The fashion was cutting edge, the cocktails were free flowing and Lykke Li's performance was outrageous!  She is everything and more in the flesh, stunning..amazing..sensational voice and her dance moves were killer! 

P.S. Oh and I was front row!!!

 Lucky me:)

23 May 2010

Karneval der Kulturen

Berlin's most fabulous street festival started Friday and ends Sunday (today?..oh tear).  Karneval der Kulturen means Carnival of Cultures.  As the name suggests this is a multicultural event with multitudes of performers from all over the world covering 4 big stages.  I'm struggling to sum up this event in a few short sentences, the food...the cocktail bars...the entertainment? The entire occasion was so far above my expectations of a carnival and sets the bar very high for all future Carnivals.  All in 1 day I had me a Thai massage, some Chinese dimsims, Mexican taco's, watched a Capoeira battle, walked passed a blazing African BBQ and lost my mind over a Spanish churro (fried dough pastry, extremely bad but so extremely good).  It wasn't just the eating we enjoyed, the music was also good and very diverse! 1 stage was showcasing traditional Turkish music, another African drums and the 3rd international bands such as an eccentric Scottish band called 'Punch and the apostles'.  Fair to say as soon as I get out of bed I'll be straight back to Hallesches Tor for the last day of Karneval der Kulturen!  


17 May 2010

The flea market series - Strike 1

Sunday in Berlin the shops are closed and from what I have experienced there's not a lot that goes on.  Unless...you explore the finest of fleamarkets dotted all over the city.  Yesterday we visited one called Flohmarkt am Mauerpark, I was impressed and to rate it I'd give 7/10. 

10 May 2010

Lost in translation..

I report on an exciting note...we have now found accommodation in Berlin.

On a rather hilarious note, I would like to share with you some of the room adverts that translated from German to English made absolutely NO sense.  The quest to find accommodation was testing at times but Im glad there was some light relief during the process:) For your entertainment...

09 May 2010

Berlin...thank you for being an exciting city

Well it has been 11 days since we touched down in B-town.  I was lucky enough to nab myself a job after just 4 days and began working instantly.  There are 3 new things I can do since moving to Berlin...