Sunday, December 23, 2012

Magical times

Oh no.
I can't possibly write this post.
It's been too long, and too much has happened. I've written it several times in my head, usually in the minutes before falling asleep, but of course i can't remember any of those drafts now.
That's too bad, really, cause i feel blank.
I guess start from the beginning?

So, remember that time i moved to Berlin?
Yes, that happened!
We moved into our new house about three weeks ago, after staying with Sarah for a few days, waiting impatiently for our belongings to arrive.
They arrived in more or less perfect condition in two huge containers that it took the movers, and us (of course we ended up helping), about 9 hours to empty.
Yeah, we have a lot of stuff. A LOT.
We stayed at the house as soon as our bed was there, even though there was no kitchen for several days (it's still not complete, but more on that some other time) and the heaters weren't all working.
But it's ok, in my head, i'd imagined the first days being cold, so i almost didn't mind.

We started on the renovations right away.
I'd been pretty worried about the work, seeing as we're used to knowing a bunch of handy people we can call on for help, and we know almost no one in Berlin, but it worked out.
We went to Bauhaus pretty much every other day for the first weeks, hauling home buckets of paint, curtain rods, gravel for the stairs, paint brushes, rolls of plastic, you name it, on the ubahn. And always with a dog in tow, sometimes two.

We painted our bedroom first, then the kitchen, then a few rooms in the shop, then the living room.
Through our tiny network in the city we found a plumber to build our kitchen (there was no water in that room, so it was quite a job we had for him), an electrician to prepare the room for our stove (that will arrive on January 3rd!) and a wallpaper wizard to get started on our many wallpaper projects.
Throughout all the practical work, we found time to decorate and make the house cozy, unpack a gazillion boxes, explore Schöneberg, go to concerts, and in Allan's case, tattoo (although not in the correct room, but hey, that'll happen soon enough).
We also registered at city hall, so we're officially living there now.

I wish i could describe the way i've felt, living there for the first few weeks.
The closest i'll come is perhaps just happiness?
Or... peaceful?
I don't know, but all of my worries about moving were gone from day one.
Me and Allan share this whole new bond, kind of... it's hard to explain, but i love my husband more now.
Making each others dreams come true in this weird and unexpected way, has been really special.
I don't think i've been this excited since... getting my first dog? Visiting Tokyo for the first time?
They don't even compare. It's been like living in a dream, and the only thing that really worries me is that someone will eventually wake me and tell me it's not real.
Finally being at the house we've only visited twice before, the house we've looked at pictures of and tried so hard to decorate before getting there, is just unreal, and yet so comfortable and familiar.
Some days we'll pretty much be high-fiving each other all day, cause we're just so fucking stoked about being there!

The first snow day, the day we discovered the best coffee i've ever had right around the corner from our house, the first coat of paint in the bedroom, getting running water in the kitchen, falling asleep to Lord of the Rings every night after painting and carrying heavy shit up and down the stairs, the first movie night with Sarah, hanging out with two of our good friends from back home who live only a 20 minute bike ride away.
Having all of our decorating ideas come to life, and at the same time, having the place look so different than expected.
There have been so many awesome days, and i wish i could have documented them, but then it wouldn't have been the same.
The internet isolation was part of the magic, and i wouldn't have had it any other way.

I'm in Denmark now, by the way!
In Bisserup, with my family, ready to celebrate Christmas.
But even though i'm glad to be with my family, i still can't fucking wait to be back in Berlin, in my wonderful, wonderful Riesenbunker!

Now, please to enjoy a bunch of random pictures from my two iPhones.
Yes, until my subscription in Denmark has been canceled for real, i'm that person.


Coming from the airport on a one-way ticket


 Flea marketing with my neighbor(-ish!) Sarah

With the house came Dead Bird... a sad story, really 

Movers, before they pretty much collapsed

Snow the day before and the day after moving in... we got lucky!

Random shit everywhere...

Emergency

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Lucifer is pretty used to Bauhaus by now

Bedroom... i keep saying it's more turquoise than blue, but the pictures don't really back that up

Responsible homeowners, uhm, renters

I couldn't believe my eyes when i found this place... coffee, vinyl and pancakes... oh, and they love Lucifer!

It took more than a week for this color to come off

Done!

Snow days

At the park

Temporary kitchen storage

Getting wallpaper in Kreuzberg

Still in Kreuzberg... those colors!

I got my first christmas tree! Or, christmas plant... whatever...

I'm honestly so proud of us for all we've accomplished in just a few weeks... hard fucking work, and we still have the backaches to prove it

I was more worried about the ones on the roof right above the door...

Walking to the Rathaus to get our papers

One this day we also found the magical coffee shop

Quite possibly the best ever

Later we got a Nespresso machine on sale, my first one ever, and i am a fan!

I even recreated best-coffee-ever at home

I love my unfinished kitchen


Wow, this post has taken me a couple of hours, cause my phones and computer were being dicks, and we had to eat dinner, and all the while i'm surrounded by my chatty family, so yeah, that took a while and it might not be that coherent!
I'll try to post again soon. Hopefully we'll have internet at the house pretty soon after we get back home.
Home... funny how that doesn't mean Copenhagen anymore, not even a little bit.

Oh, and hey, Merry Christmas, everyone!

Ps. i can't believe i forgot to post a picture of my sci-fi hallway!
Please go check it on instagram. It's glorious.

23 comments:

  1. Årh, seriøst jeg bliver så glad lige nu at jeg får lyst til at græde. Hvor er det godt! Alt oser bare af lykke, jeg glæder mig helt vildt til at opleve Berlin gennem jer. Kæmpe kram fra mig.

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  2. Merry Christmas to you too! it's really exciting to see all the progress and it looks beautiful and i'm in love with your unfinished kitchen too; don't finish it ever (well fit the stove of course!) I can't wish you guys enough luck and i'm stoaked to hear you're so happy, hurrah !

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  3. Merry Christmas!! You talking about making each other's dreams come true gave me a fuzzy wuzzy feeling inside. My heart grew two sizes. Glad you're settling in okay.

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  4. Wow! Everything looks great! I'm so glad you're happy.

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  5. Merry Christmas to you, too! So exciting seeing you guys making your dreams HAPPEN together! I'm looking forward to hearing what next year brings.

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  6. Hvor er det fedt, når glæden bare strømmer ud gennem skærmen!! Glæder mig til at se Bunkeren, og jer, live!

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  7. SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!! I'm so in love with Berlin!

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  8. It may sound weird coming from a modest Japanese, but I am so proud of you!!!


    Happy holidays!

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  9. Awww, I'm glad you're so happy :) Your new home looks so wonderful!

    Merry Christmas Amalie, Allan and little Lucifer x

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  10. Har sådan glædet mig til en update fra dig, og hold nu KÆFT hvor blev jeg glad indeni af at læse den.

    Tillykke med ny tilværelse, grande nosser og samme hjerte!

    Glædelig jul, og lykkebringende nytår.


    Kh S

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  11. Tak, og undskyld der gik så lang tid med den!!

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  12. No, it sounds extra special!!

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  13. Glæder os til at vise den fremt!

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  14. Thanks, i'm looking forward to sharing :)

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  15. Aw, i'm glad our happy is spreading :)

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  16. It'll get even better when it'd kind of finished!!

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  17. Glæd dig endnu mere til at komme ned og opleve det live!!

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  18. Glædelig jul!! And your house looks awesome!! Is it in two floors?? and is that a direct exit to the yeard?? More pictures! Congrats and happy new year!

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  19. Do you mind if I ask you how you make that cortado at home? Do you just put a little sweetened condensed milk in the glass before you add the espresso? Do you warm the milk first or just put it straight in as it is? We also just got a nespresso machine and I'd like to try making these myself! Happy new year!

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  20. Jennifer StankovitsJanuary 13, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Man, I am so happy for you and Allan, like the other commenters, I love the part about making each other's dreams come true! Best of everything to you guys in the year to come!!! We love you guys and miss you terribly <3

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