Expats In Wonderland is looking for a full-time relocation agent to join our Berlin based team. This is a great opportunity to become a long term part of our team, carrying out truly meaningful work to help expats settle in their new home.
As the lockdown laws slowly are relaxed, the aftershocks are still being felt by independent businesses across Berlin. To stoke some of the entrepreneurial spirit normally keeping our local kiez buzzing (and our bellies and livers hard at work), we decided to treat our relocation manager Emi to a day of delights using COVID-19 replacement services.
Here’s her diary of the day.
Start your day with a fresh pressed juice from BTTR (8:45am)
As I was still laying in bed sipping on my morning coffee the doorbell rang. My first delivery was here! I was delighted it was fresh juices, shots and “Mylk” from Kreuzberg based store BTTR.
BTTR has become a bit of an obsession of mine during this lockdown. Their cold pressed juices and various Mylk’s are created with a biohacking mentality, drawing as much from the latest science from Californian nutritionists as ancient Eastern medicine.
But could the whole day be just about fitness and health?
Cleansed and alert from juices, I sprang to action like a lightning bolt as the doorbell rang again. I opened the door dazzling the bike courier with a glittering smile that he was obviously unprepared for at this time in the morning. He responded by solemnly handing me an old rolled up paper Edeka bag.
I was pleasantly surprised when I opened up the bag to find amazing cruelty free Kevin Murphy hair products. There is only one hairdresser that sells these products and that is wallacewallace.
Seconds later my phone rang and it was a facetime call from the salon’s founder Justin, who declared that he was going to guide me on a home hair treatment journey. After a brief exchange of affirmations on each other’s inner and outer beauty, he guided me on how to treat my hair at home and gave me a few tips and tricks I could do at home.
I am not sure if it was Justin who felt my desperation or if Ina had seen the need for some tender loving care for my hair but this came like a gift from heaven. Of course I finished up looking like Princess Angel, and proceeded to vogue around my apartment. The dog looked somewhat concerned.
I was given the task of sourcing a face mask which during this pandemic is not easy as they seem to sell out everywhere. I was already thinking about making one myself, and had seen someone ensemble one from an old bra and figured this may be my last resource.
While I was panicking about the thought of wearing a bra on my face, I popped out to grab a coffee, and there it was, a face mask!
Katies Blue Cat cafe does not only sell delicious cakes and coffee but also cotton face masks. Plus they are running a delivery service for their wonderful cookies and shortbreads. Suddenly this task involved coffee and cookies and became much more appealing.
All that looking and feeling good was making me hungry. Time for another delivery! It was brunch time from Lenaustraße based bar/restaurant Geist im Glass.
I got a nice sampler brunch of all their favourites and what seemed to be a bottomless bloody mary. The preparation really couldn’t have been better. As the hard work is all done for you and neatly packaged, so that your feast just needs to be heated up and decanted, giving both the satisfaction of eating and false pride of having prepared the meal.
I took my sweet time scoffing all the samplers and squeezed the final drops from the bottom of the bloody mary bucket.
Oh gosh I’m still drunk and it’s time for Hotpod Yoga (18:20)
As I was still trying to recover from my afternoon bloody mary buzz, my email notification went off and it was time for a yoga class from the lovely ladies from Hotpod. Before the lockdown, I would attend hotpod once or twice a week, as I found it a good way not only to sweat out my weekends sins of over indulging, but the soothing beats in a warm sweaty pod somehow gave me a shot of nostalgia for my raving days.
The class was conducted over zoom and they sent you a playlist to listen to during the class. I did catch myself a few times moving along to the music more than the class. This may have still been the bloody mary’s in my system, and I definitely did doze off for a while during the savasana.
Wine for dinner? (19:45)
I had not even had time to peel myself off my yoga mat until it was time for the next task ! Here I was thinking it must be food but it was the next best thing – Wine. And not just any wine, but some of my favourite wines from Palsta, my favourite little Scandinavian hideout in Schillerkiez.
Update: Very sadly since writing this article Palsta has decided to close its doors permanently.. Viivi and her team had built a beautiful concept of scandinavian food and some of the best natural wines. Despite being one of the most loved small restaurants in Berlin, it goes to show how serious the struggles faced particularly by bricks and mortar businesses are right now. This again shows the importance of us supporting small local businesses during this crisis in any way possible.
I had to obviously ‘taste’ the wines, it would only have been rude not to. But for this I needed some entertainment. I knew my friends Kenneth Scott & Noah Pred were doing a live stream dj set from home, so there was my entertainment sorted.
There was no shame in dancing around in my yoga pants with a glass of wine, this is what quarantining is really about it in the end.
What’s sweaty, inflatable, and leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy inside? Of course we’re talking about Hotpod Yoga, which you can find in Neukölln on Karl-Marx-Strasse 75.
Hotpod Yoga specialises in hot yoga, taking place in an inflatable pod which is heated to 37 degrees, and filled with therapeutic aromas and sounds to create a unique environment to practice their signature “Hotpod Flow”.
In comparison to other hot yoga studios, the pod is equipped with humidifiers to help you ‘break the sweat’ as well as the pod itself is made from the parachute material which improves airflow.
Classes are for all levels – The signature Hotpod Flow class, is designed for Level 1-2, Dynamic Flow for 2-3 and Nurturing Flow, a more restorative class, is for all Levels. You can check the level by reading the teacher bios online.
The team have been kind enough to offer Expats In Wonderland 50% off your first class with the voucher code WONDERLAND when booking online.
Offer is valid for a single use for new customers and valid until 1st May 2020.
Instructors Aleks, Hülya, Francesca & Sebastian always teaches in English, while most other instructors teach in both English and German. Non-German speakers are welcome at any class, and even if the instruction is in German, your teacher will be able to answer any questions in English if needed. Contact the team online to check the language of your class.
Sünne set up the studio in 2015 close to her home in Neukoelln after falling out of love with her daily 1.5 hour commute. Stumbling into a Hotpod Yoga class in London, she felt like the yoga scene in Berlin was a little behind the times, and so took the opportunity to transplant the concept over here.
The atmosphere created in the pod, combined with the superb standard of instructors at the studio make Hotpod Yoga one of Berlin’s best and most welcoming studios. With so many options to choose from, the offering here is truly unique so whether you are a seasoned sweater or first timer it’s a good place to experience hot yoga at its best.
If you’re new to the neighbourhood, the team recommend taking a warm up walk or run in the nearby Hasenheide Park or Tempelhofer Feld before your stretch. For healthy drinks and snacks after, pop into OAK cafe around the corner for a golden milk and delicious vegan/vegetarian food. A great place to bond with your new yoga friends!
For businesses and groups, the Hotpod Yoga studio can also be rented for private functions. Get in contact via the website to find out more.
Ready to give your family a new start in Germany? After wrestling for a kindergarten spot, finding the right school, and going through the works at the immigration office you probably will find yourself on the verge of a toddler tantrum.
In an interiors marketplace dominated by budget Scandinavian mass production, it’s hard to imagine a company doing flat pack furniture differently. That’s exactly what the Polish founded Tylko have done with their range of made-to-measure storage solutions.
Despite the joy it gives us solving Expat visa and flat cases, dealing with those disgruntled civil servants can sure take it out of you. So after too many hours hunched over forms, sitting on those uncomfortable immigration waiting room chairs, and smacking the proverbial bottoms of impertinent landlords, my body was begging for a little relief.
Expats In Wonderland has partnered with Venn, a forward thinking co-living concept, which is established in Berlin, Tel Aviv & New York.
With their unique approach, Venn are offering beautiful furnished private apartments in their two buildings in Friedrichshain. Each building has communal areas in-which the residents are encouraged to connect with their neighbours and build a sense of community. Plus they have hinted that new buildings will be opening in the very near future.
Feeling a little scruffy? Berlin is a city of no-logo fashion, which means that your haircut has to stand out amid the sea of black t-shirts and fetish wear. Luckily there’s a new scissor wizard in town, namely the wonderful Justin Nabbs operating on your bouffant or beehive from his newly opened salon wallacewallace at Brunnenstrasse, 159.
Berlin is a city that attracts an opinionated cohort of expats, locals and transplanted Germans. If you are moving to Berlin you’re going to hear a lot of noise from all sides about what it’s actually like to live and settle in the city.
Let’s face it, Berlin is not always the healthiest city. With a playground of debauchery, supersize bottles of booze on every street corner, and just about every conceivable variation of sausage available from dusk until dawn (we’ve seen you breakfast bratwurst eater and know where you live), you might occasionally wake up feeling a little puffy and gross.
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