Shanay is a single mum who moved to Berlin from New York, with her ex-partner, Iyla’s dad, when Iyla was 6 months old. It was never a long term plan to stay, and she remembers being lonely, culture-shocked and alienated by the language on arrival. However, with a new German fiancé, a new bump and a ring on her finger, Shanay is thrilled she made Berlin her home...it'll be her 6th year this year.
I think it's fair to say that many expat families on arriving in Berlin tend to gravitate towards leafy, picture-perfect Prenzlauerberg to find a home. And why not? Its' pretty cobbled streets, cosy cafes and wide green spaces are very inviting. Maxine tells me all about her experiences of the kiez she calls home, in the first of my Local Loves series of interviews.
Get to know the Halensee area of Wilmersdorf through a Berlin Local's eyes...
Here is another viewpoint on the Weissensee Area for families in Berlin for the Berlin Locals Series...
Here's an interview with a mother of two living in the Pankow area of Berlin...
Here is our first Schöneberg 'Berlin Locals' interview with a mother who lives in the Akazien- / Winterfeldtkiez...
Another Neukoelln Berlin Locals post, it's interesting to read the contrast between people's experiences in the same neighbourhoods.
Get to know the Lichterfelde Sud / Ost area of Berlin through the eyes of a local parent...
My first dad contributor to the Berlin Locals series (I have to admit that I live with him), enjoy.
Here's the first Berlin Locals contribution from a mother of one living in Weissensee.
The Berlin Local Loves Series is a selection of interviews with international parents living in the various neighbourhoods / districts of Berlin.