Berlin Changing

Today I was checking the new building we are moving into in few weeks. The visit was to check accessibility and make sure everything is right.

I later went with a colleague to have lunch in the newly opened Mercedes-Benz arena. It felt like one of the Egyptian malls in Sheikh Zayed. They even had a fountain. But it wasn’t as dancing as the Egyptian ones. It had a changing rhythm but no music. Probably there is some regulation that prevents playing music out loud.

There were tons of restaurants. We went to eat at 5 guys. It is an American chain and this is their first branch in Berlin. My coworker being from Canada was excited about it.

While we are ordering, the lady asked as where are you guys from? I said Egypt. She started asking what do you in Berlin. I said I work for Zalando. She joked that we are taking all her money to give her shoes.

This wasn’t expected. Me and my coworker even discussed that probably she was trained to do this to bring the American way to things. Because no one asks in Germany even how are you. 

Berlin is changing. It is getting more international, diverse, and more open. And this is good.


If you are a foreigner looking for a long term (1 Month+) place to stay in Berlin, could be a good option to find a house.

It is like Airbnb but for long term rentals. I used it to find the place I am currently staying in.

Units on the website could be a bit pricey compared to what’s on the market. But you don’t need Schufa (Credit score report), or crazy 3 months deposits that you will get back 3 months after leaving the place.

At least this was my experience. Give it a try if you are coming to Berlin and looking for a place to stay.