How I went to 8 exciting countries, went to India, lost my luggage & got trapped and confused in Delhi!

How I went to 8 exciting countries, went to India, lost my luggage & got trapped and confused in Delhi!

Happy New Year everyone.

It’s officially 2019!!!!!

My goodness!

2018 was a very good year!

But first, let’s take a walk down memory lane of all the countries that I went to last year, and what I did. According to my statistics, over 120,000 people read my blog in some form or other, last year.

120,000 people!!

I don’t know how I managed that as in most cases I only managed to write one (1) or two (2) articles per month!

And why pray?

Because I started a new job!

And the job itself includes quite a bit of travelling too.

However, it’s really exciting, and I like it very much!

To think I only started this blog a little over five (5) years ago. Isn’t that marvellous?

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

Thank you so much for reading, making comment, and sticking with me. I love you all!

So let’s do this.

Here we go!

THE 8 COUNTRIES THAT I WENT TO LAST YEAR WERE:

  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Latvia
  • Sweden
  • Romania
  • Germany
  • India

BELGIUM:

Have you ever been to Bruges. In Belgium!

I love travelling with our son, and even though he’s 16 now (gulp), it won’t be long until he’ll want to be travelling with his friends.

In Northern European countries that age tends to be between 16 and 17 years old, as young people are more independent, and their parents liberal, tolerant, and open-minded.

In that wise, every January, The Tall Young Gentleman and I, spend some quality time together either visiting some dubious destination, or skiing!

This time around, I decided to take him to Bruges.

In Belgium.

But did I tell you that I flew there.

Via a budget airline.

And not just any airline mind you.

But Ryanair!

Gulp!

Ryanair – A no-frills budget airline. Is it worth the plunge?

Belgium has had trouble with terrorism in the last few years, as have many other European countries, but it’s a developed country, with an advanced high-income economy, very high standards of living, friendly locals, interesting food, and is relatively safe and peaceful!

Having said that, Belgium has seen the flourishing of major artistic movements that have had great influence on European art and culture, with architecture and paintings being especially astounding, and historically relevant.

Mussels served with a huge bowl of frites, chips or fries!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Bruges – Jan 2018

One of those places is Bruges.

We had a lovely time!

Here’s what I wrote:

THE CZECH REPUBLIC:

Staroměstská – Old Town – Happy Birthday to me! Victoria in Prague
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Czech Republic – December 2018

I love going to the Czech Republic.

Especially Prague!

After all, once upon a time, I used to live there!

Not only that, but I went to the Czech Republic this year, not just once, but twice!

Cemetery Church of All Saints in Sedlec – Ossuary – Kutná Hora

I went to a little place called Kutná Hora!

Kutná Hora otherwise known as Hory Kutné or Kuttenberg is a city in Bohemia and is famous for it’s silver mines and the Sedlec Abbey – which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, – otherwise known as the Church of Bones!

Last year, there was so much going on last year that I forgot to write about ’em. Oops!

I did push out photos and videos on Facebook & Twitter.

If you don’t want to miss out, follow me on Twitter here!

In front of Charles Bridge – Karlův Most – Happy Birthday to me! Victoria in Prague
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Czech Republic – December 2018

Here’s what I wrote previously…

Explore Hansa with me!
5 enchanting Hanseatic cities from Sweden, Estonia and Latvia!

Last summer was extremely busy.

And why?

I went on a media trip to Sweden, Estonia AND Latvia!

Quite frankly, they really need no introduction because I have written extensively about them before, but if you’re here for the very first time or simply need a reminder, here are the articles I wrote previously.

Phew!

ESTONIA:

Explore your taste buds & create an inspiring gastronomical experience on the HANSA Culinary Trip!

Here’s what I wrote:

LATVIA:

Explore HANSA at Pils krodziņš Pils Ķēķis in Valmiera – Latvia!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Latvia – August 2018

Here’s what I wrote:

SWEDEN:

Explore HANSA with me on the island of Visby in Gotland for Medieval Week in Sweden!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Sweden – August 2018

Here’s what I wrote:

WHY DID VICTORIA GO TO SWEDEN, ESTONIA AND LATVIA?

A first time beginners’ guide to the ITB Berlin: 10 tips to help you prepare. Bam!

Well, you all know how I love going to the ITB Berlin – the international tourism trade fair, otherwise known as the Internationale Tourismus-Börse!

And for those of you who don’t know, the ITB Berlin represents B2B, hotels, tourists boards, tour operators and providers, airlines, transport operators, responsible travel organisers, information technology experts, social media bloggers, and anybody else interested in travel and tourism.

It’s also the world’s leading travel industry think tank, in which the convention trade fair establishes itself as the industry’s main knowledge platform, with top-notch presentations on global trends, travel innovations and path-breaking events for the entire tourism industry!

Happy bloggers at ITB Berlin – ©Natalie Deduck – Loveandroad.com

It’s one of the highlights of my year, and one of the places that I tend to meet contacts and plan where I’m going to travel to during that year, or the following one.

In fact, my first media trip ever, was sent to me by the virtue that I was chatting to a media person from Atout France – the France Tourism Development Agency!

My first press or FAM trip ever to Nord-Pas de Calais otherwise known as, Northern France!

I didn’t know that at the time, but she was so impressed, that she sent me a FAM Trip invitation to Nord-Pas de Calais.

I thought I was going to Normandy!

Haw! Haw!

I was the only press / blogger person there.

And well as the only British person too!

I had a fantastic time!

Reindeer in Finland.

A year after, I met another contact who invited me to use their sailing cruises. I didn’t have the time to sail extensively, but I did use the services of TALLINK SLJA LINE to cross from Estonia to Finland.

A Swedish hotdog in Stockholm – Sweden!

A year later, that very same person invited me to fly to Sweden and do a couple more cruises. I still wasn’t able to go since the timing wasn’t right, but she introduced me to a contact from Visit Stockholm instead, and before you knew it, both The Tall Young Gentleman and I were in Stockholm for the very first time!

Is it any wonder that this year, someone else reached out and invited me to a very interesting event, so interesting in fact, that how could I refuse?

The event in question was called Explore Hansa!

Explore HANSA

WHAT IS EXPLORE HANSA?

Explore Hansa is a partner project consisting of nine (9) small and enchanting Hanseatic cities from Sweden (Visby), Estonia (Pernau and Viljandi) and Latvia (Cēsis, Koknese, Kuldīga, Limbaži, Straupe and Valmiera), but due to a lack of time, we were only able to visit five (5)!

I went on the THE CULINARY TRIP route that went through Viljandi (Estonia) – Valmiera (Latvia) – Cēsis (Latvia) – Koknese (Latvia) and Visby (Sweden), to explore one’s taste buds of seasonal local produce and create an inspiring gastronomical experience

Aha!

You can guess which one I chose!

What an event!

Exciting stuff!

Yeah!

ROMANIA:

I went to Romania. It didn’t wow me!

I bet you weren’t expecting this!

I won’t apologise for it!

When coming to The British Berliner, you expect a clear description of the places that I travel to, and my thoughts.

And that is exactly what I gave you!

I said it didn’t tickle my fancy!

I stated that I simply wasn’t overwhelmed.

Or fascinated.

And sad to say.

I wasn’t even impressed.

I’m yet to find when it ever became a crime to like everywhere.

You just can’t!

So, what happened?

Romania – A blend of European history, with distinct reminders of a socialist past!

Here’s what I wrote:

GERMANY:

How I got scammed in Berlin!

This blog.

My blog.

The British Berliner

Has been in existence for over five (5) years.

My first ever blog post was in late October 2013, and what a post!

I’m still getting comments and hate mail about it, and why is that so?

28 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Berlin, I’ll never let you go!

Well, check it out for yourself and tell me what you think.

In fact, why not make your own comment. And the title of said piece – Germany is Boring! 

Oops!

If only people would actually read things…

Ah well!

Berlin – very British – rbb

The fact is, I’ve been living in Germany for over 16 years. Yes, 16 years!

Gulp!

Who would have thought that not only would I be living in this wonderful city – Berlin, but I would be married to a German bloke to boot!

If anyone had told me this years ago, I would have laughed in their face!

The Music Producer at Piccadilly Gardens – The Northern Quarter – Manchester

And even though I’m British, and I’ve been living here as an expat for years, it never gets old. In fact, I still feel as if I’ve only just got here!

We’re not leaving!

I’m a very proud British person.

There is no doubt in my mind that regardless of the dismal politics, I love both England – my original birth country, and Germany – my adoptive new country, and I don’t see why I should have to choose, as I have spent a lot of my life and money, in both.

In fact, I’ve written about both how to be British and how to be a German.

And, I’m not alone!

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

However, after the very disappointing result of the Brexit Referendum in 2016, many of my fellow British citizens began to wonder whether the discussions and talks would lead to a better understanding of British / European relations, or a hardline stance.

Indeed, I even told a reporter of the Bloomberg newspaper that the only way you would get me out of this country, would be kicking and screaming!

But the writing on the wall was crystal clear, that British – European relations was not going to get better anytime soon, but effectively worse.

So at the end of 2016, I changed my mind, and decided to apply for dual-nationality.

Basically, I want to be both British and German, and to effectively have the best of both worlds!

And while the UK is still in the EU, I certainly can!

The Tall Young Gentleman and the Boy Scouts of America – Troop 46 – Berlin. Having German, British, American & French dual citizenships / double nationalities, works just fine!
At least, I got a tiny Naturalisation/ Einbürgerungs pledge ceremony & was full of smiles by the time I got outside the Bezirksamt Pankow von Berlin – Pankow Town Hall!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – Berlin – The British Berliner

Yes!

It happened!

OMG!

So there you have it.

I’m a real British – German now!

Here are the following posts I wrote about Germany:

How to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Double Nationality!
I bet you wouldn’t mind calling this sexy hot German guy!

GERMAN CULTURE:

BERLIN CULTURE:

The British Berliner is 5 years old. Hurrah! Let’s jump up and down and scream!

BERLIN:

Oh yeaaaah! Berlin baby! I’ve been living here as an expat for 16 years. I know Berlin that’s why I am The British Berliner! So without further delay, here are the lovely posts that I wrote in 2018 just for you:

INDIA:

When the airline lost my luggage on the flight to India – Incredible India!

I went to India!

I’ve been to India before.

And I thought I was prepared.

Haw! Haw!

But I wasn’t ‘cos we were tested before we even landed, when the airline lost our luggage!

Perhaps India has changed!

And for those of you who are over 30 (ahem!).

This blog and the next couple of months weeks, is for you.

India isn’t easy, but if you want to go there.

You can!

If you’re really nervous, I offer a consultancy, and can help you organise or advice you on many parts of your trip to India!

For more info, click here!

Here’s what I wrote:

EXCITING NEWS! I’ve been invited to the Royal Wedding Reception of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle! AND. I’ve got a new job!

Here are the posts that I wrote about Britain, being a British expat, and the United Kingdom as a whole, or where I was featured for 2018:

I didn’t do too badly, me thinks!

OTHER STUFF!

Me being thoughtful during a Live TV broadcast in Germany, and looking as if I’m about to sing!
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro

I’m going to be on TV again!

It’s going to be in connection with Brexit and British Expats in Berlin / Germany.

And recording will be at the British Shorts Film Festival taking place at the Sputnik Kino in Berlin from 17.01.19 – 23.01.19. I’ll be there all evening , so if you’re in town, come by and have your say.

The programme will be shown on – Die rbb Reporter | rbb on 20.02.19 at 21:00

 

Exit vom Brexit – Wir sind die neuen Germans! / Exit from Brexit. We are the new Germans!
The British Berliner BAMS I – ©Axel Springer

The work of a lifestyle, expat, travel blogger is never done, so I’ll leave with you with some of my most inspiring motivational posts!

The British Berliner is 5 years old. Hurrah! Let’s jump up and down and scream!
And while we’re at it – 7 other common travel scams to avoid!
How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!
I’m a big advocate for smart travel and that includes safety and security.
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How I went to 8 exciting countries, went to India, lost my luggage & got trapped and confused in Delhi!

In short, I had a blast in 2018, and there’s many more exciting things about to start for me in 2019!

I love the life of the roving journalist and blogger about town.

I have a family and I have a life. Most importantly, I’ve already found my home-base – Berlin – and I’m extremely happy with where I am and who I am.

27 fantastic posts!

Thank you so much for your support everyone. 2018 was a great year. Here’s to the next.

Bottoms up!

I'm not really a beach person as I prefer mountains and rivers or beach destinations that have more than the sea to recommend them! Me at the Grotto in the Algarve!
I’m not really a beach person as I prefer mountains or beach destinations that have more than the sea to recommend them!

I have so much to say, so I will be sharing some of my travel destinations for 2019 with you very soon.

It”s a New Year. Hip! Hip! Hurrah!

How to start a blog in just a mere 10 minutes: A simple guide!

If you want to be like me when you grow up – a well-respected smart British – German blogger, all you have to do is to get yourself a website host such as Blue Host, and open up the website of wordpress.com.

It’s really easy and can be done in all of 10 minutes!

Here’s a simple guide I wrote, about how to start a blog!

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HOW I WENT TO 8 EXCITING COUNTRIES, WENT TO INDIA, LOST MY LUGGAGE & GOT TRAPPED AND CONFUSED IN DELHI IN 2018!

How I went to 8 exciting countries, went to India, lost my luggage & got trapped and confused in Delhi!

This article is not sponsored, and the enchanting countries that I visited in 2018, were all my very own!

I’m going to be on German TV again!

I went to Norway. Watch out for the details!

I’ll be continuing my How To Visit India posts later in the month!

I’ll be at the British Shorts Film Festival taking place between 17th – 23rd January. If you’re an aspiring film-maker submission is free of charge, so hurry!

I’ll be at Berlin Fashion Week taking place between 15th – 18th January.

I’ll be at the 69th Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival taking place between 7th – 17th January, 2019. If you want to attend or join in, registration is now open!

Save the Date!

I’ll be there. Will you?

If you’re not in Berlin in January, then where the hell are you?

January is going to be splendid!

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How I went to 8 exciting countries, went to India, lost my luggage & got trapped and confused in Delhi!

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Let’s get ready for 2019!

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The Queen came to Berlin. I’m British so pass me the Pimms!

Me being thoughtful during a Live TV broadcast in Germany, and looking as if I'm about to sing! ©Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Me being thoughtful during a Live TV broadcast in Germany, and looking as if I’m about to sing!
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro

So last week was just such an exciting week. I mean, Her Majesty (The Queen) and His Royal Highness were here,

Right here.

In Berlin.

My new home.

And yours truly was part and parcel of the very honourable situation.

The Queen! ©PRESS ASSOCIATION / Danny Lawson.
The Queen!
©PRESS ASSOCIATION / Danny Lawson.

Swoon!

The British Berliner was called upon to do her duty and talk publicly about the monarchy. Not only that, but I was also called upon to present Britishness.

That’s right!

The British Berliner was pretty much everywhere last week.

The week that Queen Elizabeth II spent four (4) days in Germany and most of that time, in Berlin!

Exciting times!
Exciting times!

Yes, Berlin.

Because we’re cool.

We’re trendy.

We’re the very place to be.

We’re British.

And we’re Berlin!

At the Berlin Music Video Awards with Roc Roc It - 2015 © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
At the Berlin Music Video Awards with Roc Roc It – 2015
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

I’ve said it a million times and I won’t hesitate to say it again, living in Berlin is just one of the most amazing decisions that I ever made.

Being an expat here and having this blog is just the icing on the cake!

So, back to The Queen.

As I told you last week, there was a flurry of activities in which I became fully involved on social media using my various Facebook pages and my darling Twitter, basically giving a day-to-day embrace of all that was expected to happen during the Queen’s visit.

The Queen & Prince Philip arriving at Tegel Airport, Berlin. ©impresspicture Buddy Bartelsen
The Queen & Prince Philip arriving at Tegel Airport, Berlin.
©impresspicture Buddy Bartelsen

It was crazy but it felt enormously good!

So how did it go?

As I told you previously, all the media attention literally happened just a few weeks ago!

At Travel Massive - 2015.
At Travel Massive – 2015.

First of all, I was contacted by a rbb – Berlin-Brandenburg TV Producer who found me via my blog and a small film interview that they saw me do with the Berlin bloggers branch of Travel Massive. They liked what they saw and wanted to meet me.

Within a week!

A week!

Celebrating diversity at the British Embassy.
Celebrating diversity at the British Embassy.

Then the editor of the rbb Inforadio station called me the next day and wanted to meet me too. She found me via the British Embassy in Berlin and when we met, we did an interview right there and then!

The filming of a documentary about a few expats who were not only British, but happened to live in Berlin, began on a Tuesday.

Popcorn and stuff watching basketball in Berlin!
Popcorn and stuff watching basketball in Berlin!

I usually go to the Boy Scouts of America Troop 46 meeting on a Tuesday as “The Tall Young Gentleman” is a Boy Scout and since there isn’t a British troop in Berlin, we happily join the American one.

Remember how I told you that filming started right away and I had to make a Facebook appeal for an assistant and a photographer.

Thankfully, my friends were up to the challenge and a Berlin girlfriend that I had known for years offered to be my PA and my official photographer was another friend – Pascale Scerbo Sarro – that I had first made contact with at the Berlin Video Music Awards in 2014!

OMG! Don't I just look like a city babe! ©Pascale Scerbo Sarro
OMG! Don’t I just look like a city babe!
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro

Well, before you knew it, I was strolling down the street and the cameras were strolling with me.

I wanted to watch a cultural production at the English Theatre Berlin, and they came along and watched it with me!

Here I am at The English Theatre in Berlin with Daniel Brunet and Stephan Paul Taylor (the extremely tall guy! ©Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Here I am at The English Theatre in Berlin with Daniel Brunet and Stephan Paul Taylor (the extremely tall guy!
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro

I love being at the English Theatre as I am a great supporter of the Arts and write a lot about different activities. The Producing Artistic Director – Daniel Brunet – is a New Yorker and a great guy. The rbb team were as good as their word and asked permission to film on the premises and while a solo piece by the brilliant Minna Partanen was taking place. The suggestion was mine but I think he was quite happily shocked!

And so was everyone else.

It’s not everyday that you go to the theatre and a girl (me) has a camera and a huge fluffy microphone thing hanging around.

Me talking to the fluffy mike! ©Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Me talking to the fluffy mike!
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro

It was a little strange and sometimes the microphone appeared in different angles from below or above, and at one point I actually banged against it as I didn’t know it was there!

The rbb TV crew were great though and tried to “disappear” as much as possible, so that everyone could be a little more natural!

Me fully confident within the confines of The English Theatre, and a million microphones! ©Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Me fully confident within the confines of The English Theatre, and a million microphones!
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro

I soon got used to it LOL!

The following week, we continued filming the second (2nd) day of documentary shooting at the only Scottish pub in Berlin. It’s called Das Gift and Rachel – one of the owners was really warm and welcoming.

Wonderful British cheese, Scottish oatcake & English cider © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Wonderful British cheese, Scottish oatcake & English cider
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

We were filmed eating Scottish stuff such as haggis and black pudding, and we chatted away about England and Scotland as of course, as readers of this blog, you know that the two (2) countries aren’t the same thing!

Don’t you?

Don’t.

You?!

Anyhoo!

Me just walking down the road. Thrown into the spotlight LOL! © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Me just walking down the road. Thrown into the spotlight LOL!
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

This time, I wasn’t as nervous as I was in the first filming and in fact, they started shooting as soon as they saw me walking around the corner. That had me a little dazed as I still had a piece of paper with the address in my hand, my scarf and my golden Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin bag on!

The TV people must have really liked me as I received an invitation to take part in the rbb Berlin-Brandenburg evening TV show!

Now I became really nervous.

As this show wouldn’t just be seen by people who liked and admired the monarchy.

Oh no sir.

Random interesting German people!
Random interesting German people!

This show would be seen by millions of people.

Normal people. Ordinary people.

I would be speaking in German.

And it.

Would.

Be.

Live.

Oh jolly!!!!!

I desperately need cake!
I desperately need cake!

I spoke to a load of people about this and they all advised me to:

Speak slowly.

Not look at the camera.

Breath.

Relax.

Enjoy the moment.

And that is exactly what I did.

Here’s a summary of the stuff that I was in and how it went:

Ricky Gervais (The Office), Rowan Atkinson (Blackadder), John Cleese (Fawlty Towers) & Stephen Fry (as Stephen Fry)!
Ricky Gervais (The Office), Rowan Atkinson (Blackadder), John Cleese (Fawlty Towers) & Stephen Fry (as Stephen Fry)!

I was on a TV documentary called: Die rbb Reporter Berlin – very british Doku (YouTube) or Die rbb Reporter: Berlin – very british. It was a 30 minute programme about established British people in Berlin. I was featured as a British expat blogger doing lifestyle expat social things about town, and generally being my lovely self walking down the suburb of Kreuzberg. Even though I actually live in Prenzlauerberg! 

I love Kreuzberg so much.

Who doesn’t?

There was a lot of filming of my boots.

And my pop socks!

In the documentary, five (5) of us were shown:

Me with a member of the Black Kilts! ©Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Me with a member of the Black Kilts!
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro
  1. Myself as The British Berliner of course
  2. A Scottish bagpipe and drumming group called The Black Kilts Berlin Pipes & Drums
  3. Sophie Raphaeline – the transgender owner of an English Language Second Hand Bookshop called Another Country
  4. Members of the Berlin Branch of The Royal British Legion
  5. Gabriela Pape the owner of der Königlichen Gartenakademie

Four (4) British people or organisations, and one (1) German one.

The documentary was reaaaaally good as I was featured about 4 to 5 times in the programme.

Yeeeeees!

Me gorging on Scottish black pudding at Das Gift, Berlin. ©Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Me gorging on Scottish black pudding at Das Gift, Berlin.
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro

Most of it is in German but you can sometimes hear the English bits and if you click on the YouTuBe link, or on the side widget, you can get the complete documentary on-line!

The next thing that I was on, was the radio interview on Inforadio. It was a radio broadcast about three (3) different types of British expats living in Berlin, of which I am one and also, the only woman! It was another rbb production called Briten in Berlin or Brits in Berlin. It was a seven (7) minute broadcast. I was featured as a British expat blogger with great emphasis on my baby.

In this case,

My blog people.

My blog!

We love my blog!

In the broadcast, three (3) of us were interviewed:

  1. Paul Robinson who’s lived in Berlin for forty (40) years!
  2. Myself as the British expat blogger aka The British Berliner of course
  3. Paul Gurner – the owner along with his twin brother (Daniel) who founded the Saint George’s English Bookshop in the suburb of Prenzlauerberg (my suburb!)

Most of it is in German but it’s quite funny and the complete script is on the website so you could always translate it. If you click on the link, or on the side widget, you can get the complete recording on-line!

 Myself and Andrea Vannahme having High Tea. © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Myself and Andrea Vannahme having High Tea.
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

And lastly, I was also on the rbb evening show of The Queen’s visit. It was aired at 20:15 so everyone.

EVERYONE!

Could see it.

Andrea Vannahme & I - A lovely lady. © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Andrea Vannahme & I – A lovely lady.
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

I was asked to be the side-kick of the German moderator – Andrea Vannahme.

I googled her.

She’s a big fish in these parts, so I was absolutely honoured to be asked!

I was asked to be at the “studio” for 19:00 but I was there at about 18:30.

I won’t lie, I was pretty nervous.

The Black Kilts and my British-German family! © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
The Black Kilts and my British-German family!
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

I was so nervous that I had my photographer – Pascale Scerbo Sarro, my husband – Behind The Couch Studio – and my son – The Tall Young Gentleman with me too. I certainly wasn’t going to take up this opportunity without them being able to see me in action, as a lot of the social media blogging stuff I do, is on my own.

As the professional that I am.

Anyway, Andrea Vannahme had a lovely chat with me as soon as we arrived, and showed me where I would be standing.

We would start together.

Standing behind a glass table, and there was a tiny sticky piece so that I would know exactly where to stand.

Me with Andrea Vannahme. From the table to the sofa! ©Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Me with Andrea Vannahme. From the table to the sofa!
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro

We would then proceed to the sofa where a stand of High Tea nibbles, two teapots and china cups of tea were set for us to use.

I was afraid of my lipstick showing and kept turning my teacup around.

Anyone for tea and scones?
Anyone for tea and scones?

As for the nibbles?

I was too nervous and excited to breathe, never mind chew.

LOL!

After our brief introduction, my family were seated on a table with a fantastic view of everything that was going on, and I was whisked to make-up.

Remember how I told you that I would bring my own foundation and lipstick. Just in case.

Well, for the first time ever.

I didn’t need to.

Look at that colouring. © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Look at that colouring.
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

The professional for-TV-make-up-artist was brilliant. She had the right tones, knew how to mix colours for my skin, and wasn’t afraid to experiment.

It wasn’t her first (1st) time either!

A real pro.

I'm sorry, but I look amazing! © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
I’m sorry, but I look amazing!
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

I couldn’t believe how I looked as this would be the first (1st) time that I’ve ever had real professional make up for an event.

Except for my wedding.

Of course!

I wore a black and white summer puff-like dress and a black and white polka-dotted fascinator in the shape of a tiny hat, and a pair of Union Jack pop socks!

I looked amaaaaaazing. Even if I say so myself.

LOL!

Drinking a very important cup of tea! © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Drinking a very important cup of tea!
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

Mind you, the lipstick was my own, as hers was rather too dull…!

I had to wait for a while and I went to the bathroom at least four (4) times and then at 20:15 on the dot. The show started.

Remember, it was live.

A LIVE programme broadcasting from the Tea House at the English Garden or the TeeHaus im Englischen Garten.

A tea house that had great significance.

The Queen planting the seed of friendship in Germany. 1965 © Ullstein Bild
The Queen planting the seed of friendship in Germany. 1965
© Ullstein Bild

A tea house that was not only a cafe but actually a huge thatched cottage in Berlin’s largest park (Tiergarten) surrounded by the very essence of what an English garden should look like, and was a gift from Britain to the city of Berlin after WWII.

In fact, Queen Elizabeth even planted an oak tree here on her very first visit to West Berlin in 1965!

And I was brought on the show as the resident British expert about the monarchy, a blogger and a royalist, among a show of other British personalities.

Absolutely no pressure then!

"The Queen" and I. © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
“The Queen” and I.
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

The exclusive evening programme was called: Die Queen in Berlin. It was a 45 minute LIVE special broadcast also produced by the rbb or Berlin-Brandenburg TV Station in which we talked a little about British life in Berlin, and mainly about Queen Elizabeth II.

It’s all in German but there are many original clips of The Queen over the years and clips about her visit in Berlin. If you click on the link, or on the side widget, you can get the complete programme on-line!

It was a great opportunity and I had the greatest of times.

Berlin - very British - rbb
Berlin – very British – rbb

You know you’ve made it when Berlin locals recognise you on the street and smile. They’re Germans and much like British people, no hugging!

The recognition that affected me the most was when a local Berlin woman had the hugest grin on her face when I sat opposite her on the train. she couldn’t contain herself and was just smiling and smiling!

Thanks so much everyone. Now where's the Pimms! © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Thanks so much everyone. Now where’s the Pimms!
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

Thank you so much rbb for putting your faith in me and letting me be a part of the great event of Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Berlin, in 2015.

I have so much to share with you.

Stay tuned!

Next week, I’ll be writing about Berlin.

Toot! Toot!

Myself with the Scottish bagpipe and drumming group - The Black Kilts Berlin Pipes & Drums at the English TeaHouse in Berlin. © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Myself with the Scottish bagpipe and drumming group – The Black Kilts Berlin Pipes & Drums at the English TeaHouse in Berlin.
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

Many thanks to the rbb TV and radio crew, Svenja Weber, Ute Sturmhoebel, Sylvia Tiegs, Ralf Ayen, Andrea Vannahme, Pascale Scerbo Sarro, The English Theatre Berlin, Das Gift, The Music Producer, The Tall Young Gentleman, The Berlinerin and other Berliners. You know who you are!

Update: The actual programme is no longer available online but for future media purposes, I have a copy on DVD!

 Queen-Elizabeth-and-Prince-Philip-Patek-Philippe

If you’re a blogger or just interested in travel then the Berlin Chapter of Travel Massive is meeting on Tuesday 30.06.15. Come & join us.

Strictly Stand Up English Comedy Night will be taking place at the Quatsch Comedy Club on 01.07.15.

Etwas Magazine Fashion Event: Catwalk Under the Stars II on 10.07.15.

Berlin Fashion Week will be taking place from 06.07.15 – 10.07.15 and I have been accredited for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin (MBFWB) too! It’s going to be so much fun.

I’ll be there. Will you?

As usual, you can also follow me via daily tweets and pictures on Twitter & FB!

If you’re not in Berlin, you’re totally missing out.

July is going to be quite marvellous!

Watch this space!

Grab yourself a glass of Pimms! @ TheKitchen
Grab yourself a glass of Pimms!
@ TheKitchen

Would you go on live TV? How about the radio? What would you do if someone recognised you on the street because of your work or talent?

See you in Berlin.

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By Jove. I’m doing a film documentary about being a British expat in Berlin. Isn’t it marvellous?

Berlin - very British.

Isn’t it marvellous?

In just a few days Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, will be on our shores.

By “our,” I mean the German shores.

We are all.

Very.

Excited.

Cool Britannia!
Cool Britannia!

By excited, I mean strolling briskly, blushing and flapping slightly. No jumping around, collapsing and screaming.

We are British after all.

And we aim to keep a coolness about us on the outside while in a sense of panic and dismal anxiety on the inside!

What is it to be British?

God Save the Queen in Cool Britannia!
God Save the Queen in Cool Britannia!

Last year, I wrote a piece about How to Be British. And you were all extremely interested.

Most of the world seem to be fascinated by all things British and Germany is no exception. I mean, the Royal Family today stems from the Prussian Bavarian Saxony root of Queen Victoria from the House of Hannover (after whom I am named as another Young Victoria..) and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (in Bavaria, Germany) and of course, who isn’t curious and fascinated by the Brits who are here.

Of which I am one.

On the cricket field at one of my best friend's wedding on the Isle of Wight.
On the cricket field at one of my best friend’s wedding on the Isle of Wight.

Need I remind you that I am The British Berliner?

Need I tell you that being British and also living in the city of Berlin makes a rather interesting combination?

And it all makes perfect sense.

Free & Fair Justice in the British legal system.

Being British is the epitome of a nation of history, tradition and fairness.

Being British is to have centuries behind what makes Britain today.

A British cream tea!

Being British is to welcome and linger on what is old such as cream teas, strawberries in the summer, and cricket as well as what is new, such as an Indian curry, the Notting Hill Carnival and BritPop!

Being British is to understand the issue of what is fair, true and right and what it is to be “a true gentleman,” to keep your word and be “a real lady.”

The Rugby League.
The Rugby League.

Being British is surely not about winning the race and becoming first, but about taking part, and shaking the hand of your opponent in “good combat.”

Being British is about getting the first round in of a pint of beer, drinking champagne on a sunny day in the park and drinking Pimms on a cricket pitch during a wedding, on the Isle of Wight.

Royal Ascot.
Royal Ascot.

It’s about going to an Art Gallery and learning some history, dressing up for the English National Theatre even though you’re not actually at the theatre, going to the Proms, watching Shakespeare in the Park, being at an artistic play adaptation of Nick Hornby´s NippleJesus at the English Theatre in Berlin or watching Shakespeare at a beach bar auditorium whilst tango dancing by the river!

Being British is having your husband – The Music Producer– publicly say that he loves you in front of all your friends, whilst sprawling across a blanket at the Live Open Air State Opera performance in Berlin, and then going to a roof-top bar and ordering a martini, to celebrate it!

"The Tall Young Gentleman" with the Pearly King in London.
“The Tall Young Gentleman” with the Pearly King in London.

Yes, being British means being the people from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the surrounding islands of the United Kingdom, fifteen (15) other realms from the Commonwealth which include Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, fourteen (14) British Overseas Territories including Gibraltar, Bermuda and the Falkland Islands, seven (7) Australian external territories, two (2) New Zealand dependent territories, two (2) New Zealand associated states, and previously Hong Kong that was ceremoniously but reluctantly handed back to China in 1997!

Being British means being me!

Looking lovely in the summer at a festival!
Looking lovely in the summer at a festival!

As such, being British and having this blog which states quite clearly who I am, has made me everyone’s darling at the moment.

I’m pretty trendy right now!

Our British Flag © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Being British in Germany is so in!

This week, I’m going to be on German television.

And why?

Because I put myself out there, I worked really hard networking and meeting people, writing quality content, doing what I said that I would, writing about the things that I enjoy and being myself.

Me on the beach at Lloret de Mar, Spain.
Me on the beach at Lloret de Mar, Spain.

I didn’t do anything different.

I work as a corporate inter-cultural life coach, educational English language trainer and teacher in Berlin as well as working as an International Social Media Lifestyle, Expat & Travel Blogger!

In Prague reading something and looking all serious, but not completely serious!
In Prague reading something and looking all serious, but not completely serious!

I’m not an actor or model.

I’m not a multi-millionaire.

I didn’t win the lottery.

Bloggers here. Bloggers there. Bloggers everywhere!
Bloggers here. Bloggers there. Bloggers everywhere!

I didn’t quit my job.

I didn’t change my lifestyle.

I didn’t sell my stuff!

and then We Were Three.
and then We Were Three.

I don’t believe that you have to choose between having it all and having nothing at all. I just do exactly what it says on the tin:

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

The Music Producer and I in Milan, Italy.
The Music Producer and I in Milan, Italy.

It focuses on 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, the English Language, travels around the world, what she does in normal every day life and where she goes.

Quite frankly, I do my very best to live a life of both style and travel!

Aside from this merry blog some of the German media gurus also found me via the British Embassy.

Thank you so much Harriet!

Queen Elizabeth & The Duke of Edinburgh - UK /GB

There’s a week of programmes about The Queen’s visit to Germany. Here’s where you can find me in the coming week.

  • Berlin – very british (the rbb reporter) – The rbb stands for the Berlin-Brandenburg TV Station and is a big deal around here. I’m going to be in a documentary about established British people in Berlin in which I am featured as a British expat blogger doing lifestyle things about town, and generally being my social charming self! It will come out on 23.06.15 from 20:15 – 20:45 and on 24.06.15 from 15:30 – 16:00.
  • The Reportage about British Berliners: Broadcasting Brits in Berlin or Die Reportage über die British Berliners: Briten in Berlin – is a radio interview on Inforadio about three (3) different types of British people living in the city, of which I am one and also, the only woman! It will go out on 23.06.15 at 09:45.

Queen Elizabeth II - UK /GB

  • Die Queen in Berlin – This special broadcast is also produced by the rbb or Berlin-Brandenburg TV Station. I’m going to be on the evening show of The Queen’s visit and will be the side-kick of the German moderator – Andrea Vannahme. I will be on the panel of British experts and we will be talking about British life in Berlin. It’s a LIVE programme broadcasting from the Tea House at the English Garden or the TeeHaus im Englischen Garten on 24.06.15 from 20:15 – 21:00.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Autumn/Winter 2015 in Berlin am 19.01.2015

I’m even going to get proper make up done by a professional for-TV-make-up-artist-and-everything, but I’ll be bringing my own foundation and lipstick.

Just in case LOL!

It’s all pretty serious as this particular cafe has great significance.

My garden. Notice the bunting in the background!
My garden. Notice the bunting in the background!

It’s not only a cafe but actually a huge thatched cottage in Berlin’s largest park (Tiergarten) surrounded by the very essence of what an English garden should look like, and was a gift from Britain to the city of Berlin after WWII.

In fact, Queen Elizabeth even planted an oak tree here on her very first visit to West Berlin in 1965!

Will history repeat itself?

Only time will tell.

Great Britain - You're Invited!

If you are interested, there are other programmes about British people in Berlin. It’s in German but you get the gist and will be pretty entertaining!

We’ve known for quite some time that The Queen would be visiting but if you’re in Berlin and would like the chance to see her, then here’s the programme:

Photo@ NASA Paul E. Alers
Photo@ NASA Paul E. Alers

The Queen enjoys seeing as many people as possible wherever she travels around the world.  With that in mind, here is a guide to where members of the public can get the best view of the Queen during the State Visit.

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, will make a State Visit to the Federal Republic of Germany from 23rd to 26th June. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness are visiting at the invitation of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany – Herr Joachim Gauck.

What follows is the outline detail for the visit:

Queen Elizabeth II as she presented the new Colours to the Royal Regiment of Scotland by symbolically touching each Colour, during a ceremony at Holyrood Park in Scotland.

Tuesday 23 June

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will arrive at Berlin Tegel airport in the early evening and will be received by an honourary guard and a 21 gun salute.

Wednesday 24th June

The Queen will be at Schloss Bellevue on Wednesday June 24, at 10 to meet and greet British students from Nelson Mandela School.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be ceremoniously welcomed with military honours at Bellevue Palace, the official residence of President Gauck.

They will then take a riverboat trip along the Spree starting around 11.15am.  This will start adjacent to Bellevue Palace, and their boat will then travel east, past the Chancellery, Hauptbahnhof, and towards the Reichstag.  The northern banks of the Spree will be accessible to the public on the entire stretch.  The southern banks of the Spree will be accessible around the House of World Cultures cafe terrace, the upper level of Spreebogenpark (opposite Hauptbahnhof), and between the Reichstag and Marschallbrücke.

The Queen will meet Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery where The Queen will then lay a wreath at Germany’s Central Memorial for the victims of war and dictatorship.

"The Tall Young Gentleman" being very pleased with himself!
“The Tall Young Gentleman” being very pleased with himself! Technology and lectures. Umm Yeah!

In the afternoon, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will attend the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s Lecture at Berlin’s University of Technology to be delivered by Neil MacGregor. That evening The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will return to Bellevue Palace for a State Banquet hosted by President Gauck.

It is possible to see Queen Elizabeth on the banks of the River Spree, between Bellevue and at the Reichstag.

I thought I would put Shaun the Sheep in for light relief - He's British too!
I thought I would put Shaun the Sheep in for light relief – He’s British too!

Thursday 25th June

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will travel with President Gauck and Ms. Schadt to Frankfurt. The Queen and President Gauck, and the Duke of Edinburgh and Ms Schadt, will arrive outside the Paulskirche around 11.45am and listen to a short choral performance.  At around 12.30pm, they will walk from the Paulskirche to the Römer, and then at around 2.30pm they will appear on the balcony of the Römer, before walking through the square.  Large areas of Paulsplatz and Römerberg will be accessible to the public.

They will visit St Paul’s Church where they will meet representatives of the local community and hear about the significance of the building as the birthplace of parliamentary democracy in Germany. The Minister-President of Hesse will then host a lunch in honour of The Queen at the Römer, which has been Frankfurt’s City Hall for more than six centuries.

After leaving the Römer, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will greet members of the public in the central square. On returning to Berlin that evening, they will attend a Garden Party hosted by the British Ambassador.

It is possible to see Queen Elizabeth at Paulsplatz and Römerberg.

The "queen" in Shanghai.
The “queen” in Shanghai.

Friday 26th June

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will leave the Adlon at around 9.45am and have a brief walkabout in Pariser Platz. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will greet members of the public at Pariser Platz and view the Brandenburg Gate with the Mayor of Berlin. Pariser Platz will be open to the public but access will be controlled through points both at the Brandenburg Gate end and the Unter den Linden end.  There is a limit on how many people can enter the square, and once it is full the police will close the entry points.  So if you want to secure yourself a space, please arrive early!

They will then fly from Berlin to Celle Military Airport in Lower Saxony, and will visit the Bergen-Belsen memorial site. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will lay a wreath at the inscription wall.

They will then return to Celle Military Airport for a farewell with the local community, before departing for the UK.

It is possible to see Queen Elizabeth at Pariser Platz.

© Pascale Scerbo Sarro
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

It’s going to be a long but delightful week ahead.

Let me know what you think.

I’m awfully thrilled to see where the next level will be.

Schoolchildren wave Union flags as the Queen leaves a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral to celebrate its 300th anniversary.

The Queen will be visiting Berlin from 23.06.15 – 26.06.15 and I will be doing a documentary, a radio interview and also as an expert panel of Brits, on a Live TV show!

Berlin’s Mardi Gras (the 36th) – CSD – Christopher Street Day Gay Pride festivity, will be on 27.06.15.

Strictly Stand Up English Comedy Night will be taking place at the Quatsch Comedy Club on 01.07.15.

Berlin Fashion Week will be taking place from 06.07.15 – 10.07.15 and I have been accredited for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin (MBFWB) too! It’s going to so much fun.

I’ll be there. Will you?

As usual, you can also follow me via daily tweets and pictures on Twitter & FB!

If you’re not in Berlin, I can’t image where you would be.

June is going to be quite jolly & The Queen’s coming!

Watch this space!

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in their younger days - GB / UK.
Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh in their younger days and their corgis! – GB / UK.

Have you ever been on TV or radio? Have you ever seen or come close to any members of the Royal Family? Do you like Britain?

See you in Berlin.

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