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Craig: Dunkin' Berliner

In our InterNations Recommended Blog section we let you take the spotlight! Expat life in general is, of course, a perfect breeding ground for great, user-generated reads, and life in Berlin makes no exception. Take your time and browse the great blogs showcased in this article!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Berlin, etc.

Craig Robinson, photographer, writer, web designer, burrito barista (if the first 3 don’t pay off). I am from Sacramento, CA. I moved here in Jan 2009 after living 10 years in Prague.

When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?

I had a blog called Praguelodyte. Now I have a blog called Dunkin’ Berliner.

Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?

They’re all like gold flakes quickly washing down the sluices of the Great Mountain. Pan quickly and you may catch a flake or two or even a nugget of wisdom.

Tell us about the ways your new life in Berlin differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?

After 16 years in Europe, my 3 or 4 returns to The States gave me reverse culture shock. Bigger cars and bigger televisions every frigging time. How can those people live like they do? Savages.

Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Berlin? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?

I’m never prepared; I leap on a dare. When I blamed my friend for making me do something bad, my mommy yelled ‘If your friend told you to jump off a bridge, would you?’ Yes, mother, I would. And no, nobody can prepare you for Berlin unless you have a job arranged in advance. Or a trust fund. Or mad skills. This place is a money pit suck hole. And I say that with the utmost reverence.

Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?

Read the Dunkin’ Berliner blog. I’m a funny dude. :D

Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Berlin?

Bring money, bring earplugs. This town is full of young whippersnappers on goofballs who play the techno music all night. Why, in my day…

How is the expat community in Berlin? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?

I am generally agoraphobic. I sit behind a pc all day. I’m slowly atrophying in my body, mind and soul. Give me one bloody day of sunshine and I’m out the door. Wow, the weather here sucks!

How would you summarize your expat life in Berlin in a single, catchy sentence?

Veni, vidi, bitchy…

Sean Henderson

"The good thing about InterNations is that I got to know the expat community in Berlin as well as internationally minded locals."

Anna Maria Osario

"Through InterNations I met so many other Argentinean expats in Berlin, which made the transition period really easy for me."

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