Its been a long cold winter in Berlin for 2013. The darkest winter on record so far. Coming from snow country myself, I’m actually getting sick of it. That said, despite the depressing winter it still doesnt stop me exploring abandoned places. Continue reading →
In my previous posts Berlin My New Home, I mentioned the do’s and dont’s after you move to Berlin. The necessary paperwork required, the bureaucracy you have to deal with, how to avoid waiting in the queue for hours just to get a stamp, etc. Now I’m going to write about the things that is required after moving into a rental apartment. Continue reading →
I’m pretty sure the GDR Iraqi embassy has seen better days. The time when Saddam Hussein in his “glory” times supporting the GDR and being a great ally to East Germany. The times when his posters were flourishing the walls of every Iraqi owned building and his control over the people. Eventually that all came to an end after the collapse of the wall and the Gulf War in 1991.
The Alte Fleischfabrik (Old Meat Factory) was owned by the Konsumgenossenschaft (KGB) and was established in 1899. The KGB is a consumer association that would sell and trade retail goods to its members for very inexpensive prices. Up to 1990 it was the largest consumer cooperative in the GDR and fourth largest in the world. The KGB still exists today although the old meat factory and bakery have been sold to private investors due to the operations of the factories went bankrupt in 1993. Continue reading →
In my previous posts Berlin My New Home, I mentioned the essential tasks I did when I first arrived to Berlin. Opening a bank account, what paperwork is required for renting an apartment, getting your tax number, health insurance and social insurance number. Now its time to write about one of the most complicated and important process for Non EU citizens to get a visa/permit to stay in the country. Continue reading →