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I have officially finished my first week in Hamburg and I’m absolutely loving it here! I think I’m being totally spoiled with warm weather and sunny skies. After work almost every day, my boyfriend picks me up and we explore a new area of our neighborhood. We also stopped by a delicious wine festival Thursday night that was complete with live music and food trucks :)
While the Prince and I live in the neighborhood of Eimsbüttel (both our current apartment and our new apartment that we move into on September 1st!), my work is located on the border of the Schanzenviertel and St. Pauli. To get to work, I walk almost entirely through the Schanzenviertel which is the trendy, hipster, super up-and-coming neighborhood of Hamburg. I love all the cafes, restaurants, and artsy shops.
I may or may not be indulging myself and buying ice cream every day after work! Also, the Prince and I found the coolest secondhand furniture store on Saturday after brunch. I’m obsessed with the most perfect vanity for our new apartment and might be dropping hints every day that he should buy it for me as a housewarming gift ;)
Before I even moved to Hamburg, I had found the coffee shop “less political” online via Instagram. Needless to say, I’m already obsessed and stop in every morning to get my latte. It definitely helps that less political is located directly on my way to work!
On Friday night, the Prince and I went to dinner at a friend’s house (who I had met in Edinburgh when she was a foreign exchange student). She lives in the neighborhood of Eppendorf and I can’t get over the amazing architecture!!! Ahhhh, I can’t wait until the Prince and I finally move into our new apartment because we have such a cute balcony as well :)
On a side note, total shout-out to the Prince for helping me with all the logistical stuff involved with moving to a new city (and country!). He’s woken up early, gone to all my appointments, and been the translator when I don’t understand all the German bureaucratic terms!
And thank you readers for all the good wishes and prayers! I know that I mentioned back in my initial post on moving to Hamburg that I was super nervous about the visa process. Well, I found out last week I was granted a 3 year visa with the option of permanent residency in 2 years! Thank you, thank you, thank you! This turned out even better than what I imagined my ideal situation would be!!!
I’ll be writing a post in the next few weeks all about the work visa process for Germany! :)