After some flirtation with the East, I've decided that my first home in Berlin will be in the West.
It's been an intense few days of apartment-hunting here in Berlin. By this afternoon I had it narrowed-down to two places - a two-month sublet in Prenzlauerberg, or a 7-month lease in Kreuzberg.
Neither apartment really thrilled me. The one in Prenzlauerberg was a bit short for the lease period, and it felt very far away. While walking around the neighbourhood, I couldn't shake the feeling that it was the Berlin equivalent of Park Slope in Brooklyn. There were a tonne of children, everywhere. It apparently has the highest concentration of children of any location in Germany. It was nice, but didn't really excite me.
The apartment in Kreuzberg was quite small and dark, and I felt like it was too much money for where and what it was. But with time running out until my flight to Vienna, I realized I had to pick one of these two places.
But at the last moment, 15 minutes before I had to leave for the airport to fly to Vienna, I got a call to come look at an apartment in Schöneberg. I loved it. It's near the Wittenbergplatz metro stop, just behind KaDeWe. It has a nice balcony over a quiet courtyard, and has a guest bed for my friends from Brussels to come visit. It's a lot more money than I was planning to spend on rent here, but I think it's worth it, at least for the first 6 months or so. It's a start apartment.
Maybe West Berlin isn't the hippest part of town to live in, but it's the area of town I know the best and it's very convenient for public transport and getting to the airport. So, I'm excited!
I'm not on a flight to Vienna on my way to see the Eurovision final. It will be my fourth time attending the ESC live. It promises to be a great show!