Hello from Berlin! (The Berlin Diaries Part 1)

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Myles Mathews
March 16, 2024
Me in a Berlin alley filled with colorful graffiti and stickers

Hello! Hello! Hello! This is Myles officially reporting live here in Berlin, Germany! It’s crazy to think that I’ve already been here for a month and a half. If you had told me that I would have already learned so much about myself, this city, and the people around me, I wouldn't have believed you. I've always been under the impression that my mind is fully able to reflect and grow only after I’ve gone somewhere. Once I get back home, that’s when I feel like I can take the time to fully reflect with this outside perspective. A time to reflect when you're not in the craziness of it all. For Berlin, that is not the case. This is one of the first times where I’m actively learning about myself in real time and putting changes into practice.

That being said, I thought my first vlog should be a mini survival guide with my top 5 tips for studying abroad alongside my top 5 places I’ve been so far!

Tips For your First Weeks Abroad!

  1. Meet New People
    1. Similar interests help (major and hobbies are a good in)
    2. Don’t go out in huge groups (Try to get to know people one on one)
    3. Try Different foods while still having things that remind you of home
    4. Check in with your friends and family, the people who ground you the most 
    5. Take time for yourself!
    6. Don’t be afraid to just explore (Some of the best places I’ve found have been through just getting on a Tram randomly getting off and finding a place)

      Favorite Places for First Timers in Berlin (Some of these will pop up in the future in a more comprehensive list)

FOOD - Meet me Halfway (Close to everything and Persian Food slay)

SHOPPING - Die Hackeschen Höfe (Old and New Places)

BOOKS - Shakespeare and Sons (Plays and Bomb Bagels)

THEATRE - Deutsches Theatre (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Ugly Duckling)

MUSEUM - Altes (A little bit of everything + so much insporation)

PARK - Treptower (So many paths and places to explore + Animal Park)

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Myles Mathews

I'm Myles and I'm a Junior BFA Acting Major at U of M! I've traveled to a variety of places such as New Zealand, Barcelona, Mexico, and France, but this will be my first time in Germany! I'm a HUGE Beyoncé fan and have tons of music recommendations!

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