Goodbye 2020. Hello 2021!

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Goodbye 2020. Hello 2021!

Happy New Year everyone!

It’s official.

It’s 2021!

At last!

Gosh!

What.

A.

Year!

I wanted to write about so many things in December 2020, but it was my birthday month.

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And so I picked December to “use up” the rest of my “holiday/vacation time.”

Who could have predicted that 2020 would go belly up?

I certainly didn’t!

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If only we knew.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaah!

What the hell!

As I work for an Engineering / Information Technology company, I embarked on some self-learning in order to update my IT repertoire!

As well as other bits n’ pieces, but more on that later in the year …

Luckily, for me, my company gives me the opportunity to use Skillsoft Percipio.

For free!

In your own time of course, but isn’t that fantastic?

And as a 2021 present to you, I found a link to a 14-day trial/free access (there’s no affiliation or partnership). Here’s the Skillsoft Percipio link!

If you’re in Germany, scroll to the bottom of that page link and change the language. If that doesn’t work, try this link!

Update your skills in 2021!

I did lots of reading.

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A splinter of ice

Oops!

I read both physical books and eBooks. Here’s how to do so for free, or very little money!

Free books. Yay!

I also lavishly wasted my time and watched trailers of films and programmes that quite frankly, I had already seen!

I know.

It doesn’t make any sense at all, but what does?

Top 50 Greatest Trailers of All Time!

I had planned to write blog posts about winter and the skiing holidays that I been on in 2019 and the EARLY part of 2020 pre-pandemic, and then this happened.

Twats!

And this.

OMG!

So I thought it best not to write abut my love of skiing, in case someone got the wrong idea …

And because, we’re in the middle of a global pandemic, I’m devastated over Brexit, and I simply didn’t feel like it.

For the first time since this blog started, I didn’t write anything in December at all!

Here’s why.

You’ll love it!

From the creators of Black Mirror, here’s Death to 2020.

It makes you feel sad, even a little weepy, but somehow you’ll love it!

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2020 was a very mixed year!

A very mixed year indeed, but thank you so much for reading, making comment, and sticking with me.

I love you all!

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Warning! If you’re British, live in Europe and want to travel in 2021, here’s what you need to know!

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Brexit!

I am British.

I live in Germany.

I’m a very proud British German and a 100% for Europe.

Each and every time.

Just for the record, the idea of BREXIT

Is.

Frightening.

And.

Is.

Dreadfully Awful.

But let me be clear.  I might be German, but I’m still British, and I’ll be British to the end.

So much so that I have to do my part.

Because I simply can’t seem to stop!

Brexit! What’s that?

If you haven’t a clue what I’m talking about or simply tuned everything out in the last few years months, here are some links to get you going:

Brexit!

Need I say more.

As you all know, I’m a very proud British person but as the coronavirus pandemic raged through the world, Britain fell apart and continued it’s thorny path to a hard Brexit. Was it any wonder that British expats in Britain, and beyond, scoured for information as to what to do, and landed on my page?

I’ve personally been through the process and have retained both British & German citizenship. It’s still not too late so if you need any help, I offer a consultancy which you can find here!

Meanwhile, read on:

Citizens’ Rights – EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU

If you’re not sure of your rights, the UK government has written a document that outlines or the rights you can expect once 01.01.21 kicks in.

For more details click here

The Withdrawal Agreement

There have been so many arguments and changes as to who is entitled to do what, when and how, as well as a new withdrawal agreement!

I simply can’t keep up!

However, if you want to read the documents for yourself, click here

Brexit transition – New rules for 2021

Are you worried about the new rules come 2021?

You’re not alone!

‘Best to get up to date information from the UK govt itself. Click here

Visit Europe from 1 January 2021

For everything you need to know if you’re a UK Citizen visiting / travelling to any part of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, please check details from the official GOV.UK website. Click here

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Bollocks to Brexit. I’m just saying!

Now for British citizens in Europe and European citizens in the UK, Brexit isn’t funny at all.

Not for a single second.

The Brexit vote stunned us all.

Even though the outcome was expected to be close, the final opinion polls had pointed to a narrow victory for Remain in Europe, and was given a mighty blow when the real outcome stuck at Leave!

In fact, Britain’s decision to leave the EU has been the biggest assault on the unity of Europe since World War Two!

On the assumption that the people have spoken, and democracy has taken effect, Britain will have to live with the political, constitutional, diplomatic, and economic consequences, and that starts with the shockwave effect of other European nations calling for the same thing, and thus, creating a domino effect.

‪As a result of the appalling outcome, Britain has left the EU.

I don’t usually write about politics on my blog, but that was the beginning of my doing so.

I’m so glad that I live in Germany‬ right now and because of that, I applied for German nationality a few years ago, and got it.

Should I be British or European? Can’t I be both!

WARNING! Get ready for Brexit!

Before we go any further, let me make it clear that I am not a lawyer, so if you need legal advice, go ahead and contact an expert specialised in naturalisation / citizenship matters. This post is based on my personal experience & for the sake of clarity, when I use the words EU, it also includes Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein!

I assume no liability for the accuracy of the enclosed data.

Right, now that’s out of the way, let’s push on.

The Brexit transition period, otherwise known as the Withdrawal Agreement will knock the final door on December 31st, 2020.

This Agreement sets out the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and provides for a deal on Citizens’ Rights.

It sets out a transition period which lasts until 31st December 2020. During this time you can continue to live, work and study in the EU, roughly as much as you did before 31st January 2020!

Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.

What this means is that British people who do not have dual citizenship, will no longer be able to move freely within the EU!

In plain English, if you’re a British citizen and want to move from the UK to the EU or if you’re already in the EU and want to move to a different EU country, if you haven’t done so already, now’s the time!

Visiting Europe from 1 January 2021 – Stay up to date!

Travel to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein will change from 1 January 2021!

Here is a list of some of the things you may need to do before you travel:

  • check your passport
  • check that you have a return ticket and money
  • check if you need a visa
  • check if you need any other entry requirement
Passports

Until 31.12.20, you can travel freely throughout Europe, however come 2021, travel rules will be stricter.

Please check if you need to renew your passport.

You’ll look a right billy, if the border authorities discover that your passport has in fact, expired!

If you’re travelling from 1 January 2021, you might actually need to renew your British passport now!

You’ll also need to check that your passport :

  • has at least 6 months left
  • is less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

If you do not renew your passport, you might not be able to travel to most EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

To check if your passport is valid for travel to Europe from 1 January 2021, click here

To renew a British passport, click here

NOTE: These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland. You can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.

Border Control

Up to 31.12.20, British travellers can join the EU queue when arriving at borders but from 01.01.20, you will most likely have to join the non-EU lane.

At the border, you might also have to:

  • show a return or onward ticket
  • show you have enough money for your stay
  • queue and use a separate lane for citizens that don’t come from the EU, EEA or Switzerland
  • have your passport stamped for entry / exit
  • wait far longer than you’re used to
Visas

If you’re a tourist, you won’t need a visa for a short trip to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Similar to US citizens, you’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

Different rules will apply for a visit to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania. If you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total.

In order to stay longer, work, study, or for business travel, you might need a visa or permit.

British citizens who live in Europe should already be in the process of either applying for residency or nationality status or have already done so in their adopted EU countries, to ensure they are covered by the Withdrawal Agreement and can make the most of the rights it protects.

If you’re worried that you might not receive your documents before 01.01.21, please note that under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, British citizens have until six months after the end of the transition period – effectively until July 2021 – to apply for residency in countries such as France and Germany where it will be required to do so.

However, please ensure that you’ve actually started in 2020 as the process is lengthy, and could take weeks to get an appointment in the first place!

If you’re travelling back to the UK or elsewhere for the holidays and don’t yet have a residency card, in order to get back into your EU country of residency, you are advised to carry various proof of residency such as bills, work contracts, insurance documents, etc. as well as email confirmation of your application for residency.

To check requirements for individual countries, click here

If you live in Germany, click here

If you want to bypass the jargon click here or here

NOTE: Travel to Ireland will not change from 1 January 2021. You’ll also be able to work in Ireland in the same way as before.

Travel in the EU

If you’re visiting Europe from 1 January 2021, please check for any delays or disruption, before you leave.

For everything you need to know if you’re a UK Citizen visiting / travelling to any part of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, please check details from the official GOV.UK website. Click here

EU citizens in the UK

You and your family will need to apply for residency in order to continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020, if you’re from any of the following countries:

  • the EU (except Ireland)
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • Switzerland

For UK government policy as to what to do, click here

Other Changes

If you’re a business:

  • you may need to make a customs declaration if you take goods with you to sell abroad or use for business. For more info, click here
  • find out what else you need to do to prepare your business during the transition period. For more info, click here

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Read the links below:

For official confirmation re Brexit from the homepage of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, otherwise known as the Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat (BMI) in Germany, click here

For official information on the migration policy in Germany, click here

For official confirmation from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office in the UK, click here

If you need any help, I offer a consultancy which you can find here!

For more information you can visit the official UK government Living in Europe guide or the official UK government country page. For easier reading, I’ve divided the sections into countries:

Austria

As long as you remain resident in Austria at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected.

Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.

If you’re focused, determined to keep ALL your rights as an EU citizen AND fit all the criteria, it’s not too late as long as you apply BEFORE the stroke of midnight on 31.12.20.

NOTE! Make sure you are registered as resident in Austria by 31.12.20 at the latest.

If you live in Austria, click here

Belgium

As long as you remain resident in Belgium at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected.

Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.

If you’re focused, determined to keep ALL your rights as an EU citizen AND fit all the criteria, it’s not too late as long as you apply BEFORE the stroke of midnight on 31.12.20.

NOTE! Make sure you are registered as resident in Belgium by 31.12.20 at the latest.

If you live in Belgium, click here

Croatia

As long as you remain resident in Croatia at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected.

Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.

If you’re focused, determined to keep ALL your rights as an EU citizen AND fit all the criteria, it’s not too late as long as you apply BEFORE the stroke of midnight on 31.12.20.

NOTE! Make sure you are registered as resident in Croatia by 31.12.20 at the latest.

If you live in Croatia, click here

Czech Republic

As long as you remain resident in the Czech Republic at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected.

Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.

If you’re focused, determined to keep ALL your rights as an EU citizen AND fit all the criteria, it’s not too late as long as you apply BEFORE the stroke of midnight on 31.12.20.

NOTE! Make sure you are registered as resident in the Czech Republic by 31.12.20 at the latest.

If you live in the Czech Republic, click here

Denmark

As long as you remain resident in Denmark at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected.

Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.

If you’re focused, determined to keep ALL your rights as an EU citizen AND fit all the criteria, it’s not too late as long as you apply BEFORE the stroke of midnight on 31.12.20.

NOTE! Make sure you are registered as resident in Denmark by 31.12.20 at the latest.

If you live in Denmark, click here

Estonia

As long as you remain resident in Estonia at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected.

Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.

If you’re focused, determined to keep ALL your rights as an EU citizen AND fit all the criteria, it’s not too late as long as you apply BEFORE the stroke of midnight on 31.12.20.

NOTE! Make sure you are registered as resident in Estonia by 31.12.20 at the latest.

If you live in Estonia, click here

France

As long as you remain resident in France at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected.

Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.

If you’re focused, determined to keep ALL your rights as an EU citizen AND fit all the criteria, it’s not too late as long as you apply BEFORE the stroke of midnight on 31.12.20.

NOTE! Make sure you are registered as resident in France by 31.12.20 at the latest.

If you live in France, click here

Finland

As long as you remain resident in Finland at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected.

Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.

If you’re focused, determined to keep ALL your rights as an EU citizen AND fit all the criteria, it’s not too late as long as you apply BEFORE the stroke of midnight on 31.12.20.

NOTE! Make sure you are registered as resident in Finland by 31.12.20 at the latest.

If you live in Finland, click here

Germany

As long as you remain resident in Germany at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected.

Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.

I’ve been clamouring for years for Brits in Germany to get dual British – German citizenship, however, not all is lost.

If you’re focused, determined to keep ALL your rights as an EU citizen AND fit all the criteria, it’s not too late as long as you apply BEFORE the stroke of midnight on 31.12.20.

NOTE! Make sure you are registered as resident in Germany by 31.12.20 at the latest.

If you live in Germany, click here or here

Greece

As long as you remain resident in Greece at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected.

Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.

If you’re focused, determined to keep ALL your rights as an EU citizen AND fit all the criteria, it’s not too late as long as you apply BEFORE the stroke of midnight on 31.12.20.

NOTE! Make sure you are registered as resident in Greece by 31.12.20 at the latest.

If you live in Greece, click here

Holland / the Netherlands

As long as you remain resident in Holland / the Netherlands at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected.

Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.

If you’re focused, determined to keep ALL your rights as an EU citizen AND fit all the criteria, it’s not too late as long as you apply BEFORE the stroke of midnight on 31.12.20.

NOTE! Make sure you are registered as resident in Holland / the Netherlands by 31.12.20 at the latest.

If you live in Holland / the Netherlands, click here

Hungary

As long as you remain resident in Hungary at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected.

Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.

If you’re focused, determined to keep ALL your rights as an EU citizen AND fit all the criteria, it’s not too late as long as you apply BEFORE the stroke of midnight on 31.12.20.

NOTE! Make sure you are registered as resident in Hungary by 31.12.20 at the latest.

If you live in Hungary, click here

Italy

As long as you remain resident in Italy at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected.

Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.

If you’re focused, determined to keep ALL your rights as an EU citizen AND fit all the criteria, it’s not too late as long as you apply BEFORE the stroke of midnight on 31.12.20.

NOTE! Make sure you are registered as resident in Italy by 31.12.20 at the latest.

If you live in Italy, click here

Latvia

As long as you remain resident in Latvia at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected.

Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.

If you’re focused, determined to keep ALL your rights as an EU citizen AND fit all the criteria, it’s not too late as long as you apply BEFORE the stroke of midnight on 31.12.20.

NOTE! Make sure you are registered as resident in Latvia by 31.12.20 at the latest.

If you live in Latvia, click here

Luxembourg

As long as you remain resident in Luxembourg at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected.

Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.

If you’re focused, determined to keep ALL your rights as an EU citizen AND fit all the criteria, it’s not too late as long as you apply BEFORE the stroke of midnight on 31.12.20.

NOTE! Make sure you are registered as resident in Luxembourg by 31.12.20 at the latest.

If you live in Luxembourg, click here

Norway

As long as you remain resident in Norway at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected.

Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.

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Because Europe is our continent.

But for goodness sake, whether we end up with this form or that form of Brexit, if you’re British or European, get yourself ready!

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The British Berliner is 7 years old. And so much has happened. Ouch!

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It’s my blog birthday!

Hip! Hip! Hurrah!

OMG!

I can’t believe that on Wednesday, October 21st, my blog was 7 years old.

Honestly, I can’t quite believe that just 84 months ago on an Autumn Sunday evening, I decided to put pen to paper and open up a social media thingy.

I mean, when I first started, I didn’t even know what social media was all about, and I had never ever met a blogger.

Never, ever.

In real life!

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And apart from Facebook and who isn’t on Facebook? I knew zilch about social media.

Yep! Yours truly had known nothing about Twitter. Nothing at all!

I mean, I knew it, but I didn’t know it – know it!

But I quickly learnt.

I went to the ITB in Berlin and one afternoon, the Head of the European Branch of Twitter did a workshop and showed us step-by-step how it worked. And that was it!

My Twitter page was open and ready to go!

Oh, I used to have a travel diary that was purely set up for friends and family, but this blogging thing was something else.

This.

Was.

Real!

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Seven years.

Wow!

So much has taken place that I can hardly stand it.

As a result, this week’s post is going to be about that journey from when I wrote my first blog, to right now.

BUT.

Due to the global pandemic and the circumstances surrounding travel, my yearly report-ish, will be WITHOUT numbers & figures!

Gulp!

Here we go!

THE BRITISH BERLINER IS 7 YEARS OLD!

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The British Berliner is 7 years old. And so much has happened!

So why did I start this blog anyway …?

At the beginning of 2014, I told you that The Tall Young Gentleman used to be a member of the Boy Scouts of America: Troop 46!

Some of the American mothers were new in town and not only was I the only British parent but I was also the New Parent Co-Ordinator at the time….

One of the mothers asked me about skiing in Europe. I recommended the Czech Republic.

Lots of my corporate clients ask me about Britain, I recommend London and my original home-town – Manchester.

Thousands!

OK, hundreds of people asked me about Germany.

I recommend Berlin of course and then I thought, why don’t I write about my favourite places and they can see for themselves?

So here we are!

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My blog is seven years old.

Golly!

It’s been an amazing ride. In fact, the last seven years have been fantastic!

My blog is a flourishing child.

And I am exceedingly proud.

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I’ve had an amazing collection of marvellous stories, visits, and adventures like how I met Prince William.

As you do!

A lot of people, bloggers in particular, don’t like the notion of luck and quite frankly, I’m not one to talk of fate, but when I happen to be in the right place at the right time, I don’t know what else to call it.

So I’m going to say it as I see it.

Are you ready?

Here it comes!

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My young blog has been a resounding success because of the jolly good luck I’ve had, flowing with masses of enthusiasm, buckets of really hard work, and shaken and stirred with all the people I have met along the way, who have helped and supported me on my quest to being a fabulous British blogger.

There. I’ve said it!

But before we go any further, I would just like to thank some very important people.

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I would just like to thank some very important people – YOU!

You!

Yes YOU!

All of you.

Where would I be without your comments, your likes, your opinions and your reads?

Without you this blog would just be an empty piece of cyber-paper floating in the blogosphere. You have all been so amazing and supportive, reading my blog every week, and sharing it with all your friends, family, and associates.

I’ve even had people smiling and recognising me on the streets.

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In Berlin.

One woman’s smile was so wide, when she discovered that I was just about to sit opposite her on the commuter train! Another guy saw me on my residential gentrified street and screamed outside his van window “Are you that blogger? The British one!” In German of course, so it sounded rather different!

A group of teenaged girls followed me about and giggled as I went shopping in my local supermarket. And being that I live in Berlin and not New York, I got thumbs up, the gruff “I saw you on TV” and appreciative looks when running around town with my signature stripped, dotted or Union Jack pop socks!

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Just for the record, I would just like to say that I was approached to talk about Black Lives Matter by the German media, but I rejected the invitation as my personal experience with racism is so rare, that I didn’t feel qualified to talk in a comprehensive, expert manner.

I did however, write a few in-house articles for organisations I happen to be a member of, act as consultant / advisor in-house, and write my own point of view. You can read my article on Racism in Europe here.

And even though I’m not travelling at the moment, before the covid pandemic, I had planned to visit various parts of former Yugoslavia!

Nevertheless, I managed to travel to Norway, really interesting parts of Germany, and Austria!

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And in the era of Brexit, you can find me talking about it on TV, documentaries, in the news, on live radio, for academic papers, and in a film!

In fact, before the pandemic rose it’s ugly head, I had already completed filming in a movie about the identity and conflict facing British Expats abroad re-Brexit. The film is a student project organised by the University of Applied Science or Hochschule für Medien, Kommunikation und Wirtschaft (HMKW), Berlin and would have been shown around Germany!

Sadly, as you might all be aware my talks and chats on the topic of Brexit, is a gift that just keeps on giving ‘cos the mess and chaos isn’t over yet or likely to be for quite some time!

I’ve written a very comprehensive piece about what to do if you’re British and have no way to obtain dual citizenship, permanent residence, or any other thing. Or if it’s all too much and you simply want to go home.

As well as how to get German citizenship, if you’re British!

And all because of you.

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Thank you all so much!

Thank you so much! I love you all!

So let’s go back in time.

WHAT IS THIS BLOG ABOUT?

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The British Berliner is a lifestyle expat travel blog about culture, history, travels around the world, Brexit, the Royal Family, Europe, and being British in Berlin!

It’s about a British girl from Manchester living in Berlin with her German husband and her half British-half German son, her promotion of British-German life, culture, history, literature, theatre, style, Europe, travels around the world, what she does in normal everyday life and where she goes.

THE MOST POPULAR POST EVER – 2020

I’ve written about both how to be British and how to be a German so it should come as no surprise when at the end of 2016, I decided to apply for dual British-German nationality, and then wrote this post: How to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Double Nationality!

It seemed you all agreed ‘cos that article was so relevant in the ugly politics of Brexit, that it went VIRAL!

THE MOST IMPORTANT AND UTTERLY RELEVANT POST – 2020

Brexit!

Need I say more.

As you all know, I’m a very proud British person but as the coronavirus pandemic raged through the world, Britain fell apart and continued it’s thorny path to a hard Brexit. Was it any wonder that British expats in Britain, and beyond, scoured for information as to what to do, and landed on my page?

I’ve personally been through the process and have retained both British & German citizenship. It’s still not too late so if you need any help, I offer a consultancy which you can find here!

Here’s the article: How to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Double Nationality!

THE MOST POPULAR BRITISH POST – 2020

Apart from my post about obtaining British-German citizenship, the most popular British post was about York!

I don’t know if you’re all dying to go the countryside or whether because of the horrible time we’re living in at the moment, you just like the idea of a ye olde England and a nostalgic part of Britain’s history.

Here’s what I wrote: 10 exciting things you didn’t know about York!

THE MOST POPULAR GERMANY POST – 2020

I guess 2020 is a mood for rustic living and a simple life. I know this because my most popular Germany post this year was not some historical city of yore, but of food!

Food from Lower Saxony. In East Germany!

Here’s what I wrote: A 5 minute guide to Saxon food in Dresden. Now isn’t that just cute!

THE MOST POPULAR BERLIN POST – 2020

I’ve been living in Berlin for more than 18 years and it really is a lovely city.

But it wasn’t always so.

And I should know.

Because one day I got scammed in the stupidest way ever.

And did I learn my lesson?

Not really, because when I tried to get my money back, I got scammed.

Again!

Incredible!

Here’s what I wrote: How I got scammed in Berlin!

THE MOST POPULAR INTERNATIONAL POST – 2020

The most popular post is an article that I wrote back in 2014!

It was very tongue-in-cheek.

Most people got it, but at the same time most didn’t, so I got a lot of abuse for it.

This post shockingly went VIRAL & more!

Thank you Poland!

Wow!

Here’s what I wrote: Going to Poland: 10 reasons not to go!

THE MOST POPULAR MOTIVATIONAL / ADVICE POST – 2020

I always say that this blog.

Is not about political issues but somehow, it’s full to the brim with stuff about the UK Referendum, Terrorism in Europe, the monarchy and the Queen, being a British expat, the European Union (EU), Brexit, and what it’s like to live in Germany!

Not surprisingly, what happened to George Floyd, brought to the fore, the blatant clarity of racism politics in America.

But don’t think for a moment that because we live in Europe, we can rest on our laurels and pat ourselves on the back, because we can’t.

It put a spotlight on Europe too.

Judging by the number of people who read and shared this article, you all agreed.

Here’s what I wrote: Racism in Europe!

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Most of my readers are professional upper-middle-class people. Just like me.

Staying at a €5.00 hostel or jetting off to Cambodia on a whim, just isn’t an option these days.

Nevertheless, I shouldn’t fail to tell you that the post that totally changed my career from being just another blogger to being totally awesome was: A light, a camera, and a broken arm: Action and drama at the Berlin Music Video Awards That post was written in May, 2014. A little after the 6-month mark!

You were fascinated by the fact that Queen Elizabeth came to Berlin and I got to be a part of that story, and had more requests of interviews that I even knew what to do with. I actually had to turn some of them down!

As well as the fact that I got to meet Prince William and Kate Middleton!

I hope I did you all proud. You seemed to think so!

I’m delighted!

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THE TOP 10 MOST POPULAR COUNTRY, OF PEOPLE WHO READ MY BLOG IN 2020
  • Great Britain
  • USA
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • India
  • Canada
  • Holland
  • Australia
  • Ireland
  • France
  • And the Phillipines for the exotic factor!

Surprisingly, I also get a significant number of readers from Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Romania, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan!

It’s amazing that even though I only blog a couple of times per month, I still manage to attract a huge number of subscribers and happy Twitter fans who read my blog on a daily basis, and all my funny two-line quips!

You too can join in the fun and games right here!

Not too shabby I might add!

MY TOP BLOG ACHIEVEMENTS. DRUM ROLL PLEASE!

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Thank you so much everyone. I really appreciate it lots.

Thank you for making this blog real, reading, commenting, and connecting. You’re all amazing.

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THE BRITISH BERLINER IS 7 YEARS OLD. AND SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED. OUCH!

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