It’s a bit of a weird feeling.
We’re living in our dream apartment in an amazing city. On so many levels everything is better than anything we could have ever hoped for and on paper, everything looks amazing. Reality though is a bit different.
Today is exactly a year to the day that we packed our bags and moved across Europe to live in Berlin.
I honestly have no idea where the last year has gone. It’s been a total whirlwind, to say the least.
In the space of just 12 months, we sold our house in Manchester, moved across Europe, moved into a temporary rental apartment, bought a new home and have finally started renovating our new apartment.
To say that it’s been full on would be a bit of an understatement. There’s also no denying that it’s been a tough year.
If you’ve been following our journey for a while, you’ll know that we’d not planned or even expected to move. We were in the middle of buying an amazing new house which needed some serious TLC and we were happily settled in Manchester.
Then literally overnight everything changed for us. (You can read about our reasons for moving here.)
I know that a lot of people thought that we were being dramatic packing our bags and moving but now that some time has passed we’re more certain than ever that it was the right decision for us.
This isn’t meant to sound overly negative. Life just sometimes throws you a curveball and you have to do what’s right for you.
Everyone probably knows how stressful a move can be but giving up your home, your friends, your job – basically your whole life and moving to a city you’ve spent less than a week in (& three of those days were spent apartment hunting) is not exactly for the faint-hearted.
There are things we miss about living in the UK and I definitely go through phases where I hate how our lives have changed. The older you get, the more difficult it gets. Meeting new people, getting settled, starting a new life isn’t easy.
It’s exciting, sad, invigorating, overwhelming, exhilarating and draining all in one go. Whilst I can probably never say that moving when we did was the right decision I know in my heart that it was the right thing for us to do.
Do we miss our home? Yes, of course! It was the first home we ever owned and it will always hold a very special place in our hearts. I know each creaky floorboard, every crack and every botched renovation (yes, there were some!).
It’s really not all bad though!
As much as we miss our lives and living in Berlin is taking some getting used to, we are also slowly starting to feel settled. Moving into our dream apartment and being able to DIY again has definitely made life feel more normal again!
I can’t wait to see what the next year brings! I totally admit that I hope it’s a bit calmer than the last 12 months though!
Most importantly though, we’d like to thank everyone who took the time to comment, email and share their wishes and words of advice after we shared the news of us selling our home and moving to Berlin. It really meant so much to us and helped us get through our transition!
Have you ever had a year or event that completely turned your life upside down? Have you ever moved home (or country) and regretted it? Did anything big change for you in the last year?