I’ve lost track of a number of times I’ve started to write this post. Everything is still a bit of a blur, there’s a lot of uncertainty and we don’t really know exactly what’s going to happen but we’re moving!
And when I say we’re moving I really do mean we’re moving as we’re packing our bags and are relocating to Berlin!
This life-changing move wasn’t actually planned and we’ve only just decided that this is what we’re doing so everything is completely up in the air at the moment and we honestly have no idea what’s going to happen.
Some of you have already seen that our house was up for sale on Rightmove a while ago and we were actually in the process of buying a new house.
We’d not really planned on moving house at all but the most amazing house in the best location came up for sale and was an opportunity we couldn’t resist.
Obviously, it was in need of total renovation, it was slightly larger than our house now and had soooo much potential. Needless to say, we’re devastated that we now aren’t able to proceed with it.
There’s obviously a big difference between buying a new home and moving to another country and as I said it’s not even something we’d planned on doing but after last week’s referendum result we feel like we’re left with no other option.
I know that people often don’t think that their votes will make any difference but for us, the result has completely thrown our lives upside down. Jan and I both don’t have British passports and although we’re obviously not going to get thrown out of the country immediately (or possibly ever) it does have a huge impact on our lives.
We’re really sad that our time in the UK has come to an end but given the uncertainty, we felt forced into making this decision. We’ve loved living here, we love our house and we would have loved to renovate the next one but I guess that all good things have to come to an end and if I’m completely honest we also no longer feel that we’re welcome here.
You can ask us as many questions as you like about what’s happening next, but the honest truth is that we just don’t know. It’s been less than a week since we decided that this is what we’re doing so there’s still a lot to sort!
Here are a few answers to some of the questions we’ve been getting.
We visited Berlin a couple of years ago and loved it. It’s totally mad to choose a country and city based on a 4-day trip a couple of years ago but it seemed as gooder choice as any!
Did we consider other cities and countries?
Yep, we’d considered Singapore, New Zealand, Chicago, and Zurich.
When will all of this be happening?
As soon as possible. As we’re already in the process of selling our house and we estimate we’ll be moving around the middle to end of August.
Will we still be blogging?
Yes. Or at least that’s the plan. At the moment we’re trying to sort somewhere to live (we’ve started to look at apartments online, but have no idea about areas) and will definitely be in a rented apartment to start with. The ultimate plan (assuming we like living in Berlin) is to buy somewhere.
How are we feeling?
A bit crap. It’s been a weird mix of emotions but the overall feeling is sadness.
What will we miss about the UK?
We’re lucky to have some amazing friends who we’ll miss like mad. Other than that it’s really only weird little things like shopping on Sundays and browsing through John Lewis.
As you can probably tell, we don’t really know what we’re doing and I hope you bear with us until we manage to get our lives sorted. I don’t mean for this to sound totally miserable. Yes, it’s not what we’d planned or how we’d envisaged our lives for the next few years, but we are excited about starting a new adventure.
If we’re posting a bit less than usual, it’s because we now have to find somewhere to live, plan our move to another country, find jobs and completely sort our lives in the space of a couple of weeks. Even when we’re not blogging here, we’ll definitely be sharing updates over on Facebook and Instagram.
If you have any moving tips or any tips about living in Berlin we’d love to hear them!