How to write and publish a book – Introducing The Bee Hive!

The Bee Hive by Simon Adepetun - my very own brother!
The Bee Hive by
Simon Adepetun – my very own brother!
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Buy on Amazon

Have you ever wondered if you had the talent, or enough patience, to put all your ideas onto paper and pen? Have you ever thought about writing a book?

Here’s someone who did!

My own brother!

Who has written and published a book.

A real book.

A children’s book!

Published in paper and ink!

Ha! I’m his sister, so I get to interview him first.

Read on!

How to write & publish a book!
How to write & publish a book!
  1. Tell us a little about yourself and your background? What were you like at school? I’m from Manchester, England but currently I reside in a Cheshire town called Great Sankey, in Warrington. I was very energetic as a child so I channelled such energy into sports, story writing, and creating pictures. In my teens, I wrote songs and sang them!
  1. Were you good at English? Yes, my talent outshone all my peers in this area, and beyond. My writing was very neat, stories different to everyone else’s, lovely illustrations created in boxes around the words. I absolutely loved it.
How to write & publish a children's book!
How to write & publish a children’s book!
  1. Is this your first book / Where did you get the idea? Yes it is. It was my sister who gave me the idea! My sister – The British Berliner who lives in Berlin, Germany, handed me a cut-off from an English newspaper (the Guardian), about a children’s novel writing competition. Up until this point, I had never written a children’s novel before, and I only had three (3) months left to submit it! The challenge wasn’t necessarily writing it, but conceiving an idea of what to write! One day while driving to work, I noticed a rundown shed, I pictured a few characters, looked at my kids, thought to myself ‘now there’s an idea’ …. and The Bee Hive novel was born!
  1. What is your book about? It’s a story of how two best friends, aiming to win their school’s scientist of the year award, stumble on a treasure map that they find in a make shift lab, which just happens to be an old Bee Hive. They reluctantly team up with one of the friend’s sister in an attempt to unravel the mystery of the map, and claim the treasure. Add the fact that two hoodlums appear from nowhere, demand back the map, prepare to do everything it takes to retrieve it, and you have a real adventure full of twists and turns!
How to unravel the mystery of the map, and claim the treasure! Ship @ Alina C photography
How to unravel the mystery of the map, and claim the treasure!
Ship @ Alina C photography
  1. How much research did you do? When writing a children’s book, it’s important to understand how children act in situations, how they speak, what makes them laugh, how children nowadays relate to their parents, and vice versa. With three young children of my own, and having been a Nursery, Primary and Secondary School Teacher myself, I’ve done all the research possible!
  1. When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer? I’ve always had the passion to write. Since Junior-Primary School, clear evidence of my writing talent starting to ooze out! I guess it was while at University studying English, where I was the first undergraduate ever to win the coveted Kollaj Short Story Competition, and eventually graduating as the Best Creative Writer. It was then that I realised, “hey I could make something here.”
Back to school again!
Back to school again!
  1. Why did you decide to write a book? I’ve spent years writing short stories, plays, novels, and poems, but never concentrated on entering them into writing competitions. I wrote a poem titled ‘March’ and it was published on the UK poetry online platform, due to the excellent feedback received. I then realised, if I’m good enough for the feedback, I must definitely be good enough to write a book and get it published!
  1. How long did it take you to write your book? Just under three (3) months!
It took my brother just under three (3) months to write his book! Aaaargh!
It took my brother just under three (3) months to write his book!
Aaaargh!
  1. What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? I’m a husband and a Dad. Quality time with my family means the world to me, so I write mainly on my day off (Mondays), weekday mornings when the kids are in school, before I go to work, and late at night 23.00 – 01.30, when the whole family is fast asleep.
  1. Do you write full-time or part-time? I write mainly in my spare time.
He mainly writes in his spare time.
He mainly writes in his spare time.
  1. Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I write when I can carve out the time, but I have a principle not to put my passion for writing ahead of my family. They come first.
  1. Do you write every day? Most days, mainly late at night.
How to write & publish a book!
How to write & publish a book!
  1. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate, longhand, or traditional pen and paper? I write on the PC that I bought in 2002 and it is still faithful to me, and very indestructible! I also write, and scatter about the house scraps of paper to scrawl ideas, before they vanish from my brain!
  1. What gave you the inspiration of a children’s book? My sister – The British Berliner – and my kids’ characters.
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
  1. How did you decide on the characters? Mainly on my own kids. A little exaggerated, but every reader of the book both children and adults, will be able to relate to the characters’ experience.
How to write & publish a book! Your readers should be able to relate to the characters’ experience.
How to write & publish a book!
Your readers should be able to relate to the characters’ experience.
  1. Who designed your book cover/s? My Toni daughter, now 12, but 11 years old at the time!

17. Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the creative process? Yes, because the story is unique, the writing technique, and the symbolic book design, all add to its quirkiness! It’s a children’s book written primarily for children, designed by a child.

The Bee Hive by Simon Adepetun. A children’s book written primarily for children, designed by a child.
The Bee Hive by Simon Adepetun.
A children’s book written primarily for children, designed by a child.
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  1. When did you write your first piece of literature, and how old were you? I must have written stories in drips and drabs over my early years, but Manley Park Junior School was probably where I really got into the art of writing. So I was about seven (7) years old!
  1. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I like to be with my wife and kids, spending time with them. Being around my family gives me no better feeling.
I like to be with my wife and kids spending time with them.
I like to be with my wife and kids, spending time with them.
  1. What does your family think of your writing? My wife and kids are extremely proud of me. They know I love writing so much, and this experience means as much to me, as it does to them. They have all been promoting the novel to friends at school, and colleagues at University.
  1. What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating and writing your book? Two things: God loves a grafter and boy, did I graft for this novel! Secondly, be determined to go for it, no matter what it is you want to achieve, because if you don’t, you might think in years to come…”if only….”
Lots of graft is needed!
Lots of graft is needed!
  1. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? I wanted to be a footballer.
I wanted to be a football player!
I wanted to be a football player!
  1. Many fellow bloggers and writers would kill to get a hardback book published. How did you do it? I approached four (4) publishers with the manuscript of my book. They read the first three (3) chapters, liked it, and requested the whole book! All four (4) publishers thought it a viable venture and wanted to publish the novel, so I chose the publisher I felt, wanted me most!
  1. Some people are a bit put off by the hard work and loneliness of being a new writer, so where’s a good place to start if you want to learn how to be a published author, or a good creative writer? Follow writers’ blogs, let them take you on a journey from despair, to one of joy and redemption. A case of hard work, determination, the will to succeed, the “Yes, I can” attitude, and patience, is all that is required.
The work of a true writer is never done. There's just so much to dooo!
The work of a true writer is never done. There’s just so much to dooo!
  1. What is the hardest thing about writing? Conceiving ideas.
  1. What is the easiest thing about writing? Turning the writing into a finished piece of work.
How to write & publish a book! Turning the writing into a finished piece of work.
How to write & publish a book!
Turning the writing into a finished piece of work.
  1. How long on average did it take you to write this book? Less than ninety (90) days!
  1. For your own reading, do you prefer E-books or traditional paper/hardback books? Paper/hardback.
How to write & publish a book! I prefer paper or a hardback book!
How to write & publish a book!
I prefer paper or a hardback book!
  1. What other things have you written? I have written Agama (an unpublished novel), March (a poem), and several short stories and plays. I also have a self acclaimed blog.
  1. What do you think makes a good story? A well thought out plot. Great visuals through descriptive and expressive language. Believable characters.
The Bee Hive by Simon Adepetun.
The Bee Hive by Simon Adepetun.
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  1. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say? I had an excellent feedback review for my novel – The Bee Hive from the writers of Amazon Kindle and my publishers – Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd.
  1. You work as a Sales Manager – How is writing a book different from writing an analytical report? At work, I have to follow certain policies and procedures. There are no rules connected to writing…just write.
How to write & publish a book! There are no rules connected to writing. Just write!
How to write & publish a book!
There are no rules connected to writing. Just write!
  1. What do you enjoy most about writing? The fact that I can create a literary world without any boundaries.
The literary world is complete and utter freedom!
The literary world is complete and utter freedom!
  1. Who are your current favourite authors? Francesca Simon (Horrid Henry).
  1. Which writers inspire you? Toni Morrison, Richard Wright , Ben Okri.
  1. What are your ambitions for your writing career? To be one of most creative writers to come out of Great Sankey in Cheshire, and the whole of North-West England!
Sheep in Cumbria - North-West England!
Sheep in Cumbria – North-West England!
  1. You live in a suburb in the countryside of Cheshire. What do the locals think of having a proper writer in their midst? They are very excited, and are very supportive of me. Not everyone can write like I do, it’s not often Great Sankey in Warrington has a mention, so they’re all very proud.
  1. Have you been interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch? I will be talking LIVE! on my first radio interview on Monday, May 16th, 2016 @96.5 Bolton FM and on Wednesday 18th May, 2016 at 10:00 with Chris Hajdar @96.5 Bolton FM once again!

Here’s a podcast recording of Wednesday’s radio interview. Check it out!

How to write & publish a book using local press & radio!
How to write & publish a book using local press & radio!
  1. What other activities are being done to promote your book? I have been visiting schools in my local area where I will do a workshop with the kids on “how to create a story.” I already have five (5) bookings! I have also arranged to appear in three (3) different “Fun Days” across Warrington where the public can meet me, purchase my book, and get it signed. My publishers will be launching their own marketing strategy which will include book signings, newspaper and magazine interviews, etc.
How to write & publish a book. Organise book signings, newspaper and magazine interviews - They are very important!
How to write & publish a book
Organise book signings, newspaper and magazine interviews – They are very important!
  1. Have you been invited to be a speaker or talk about your book? Yes.
  1. Where can we see or meet you and get a signed book? I will appear at Birchwood Carnival on Sunday, 4th June from 12:00 to 16:00, Orford Park Festival on Sunday, 12th June from 12:00 -16:00 and on Great Sankey Fun Day on Saturday,  2nd July from 12:00 to 16:00 on my birthday! Several other locations are also highlighted on my website – The Bee Hive.
Let's go and see the writers in North-West Englaaaaand!
Let’s go and see the writers in North-West Englaaaaand!
  1. Do you have any tips for people who would like to try writing a book? Never give up trying, and stick to your own style of writing, because everyone has a unique way of penmanship. Be encouraged by every success story, as the beginning of any journey gets better as you go on.
How to write & publish a book. Stick to your own style of writing!
How to write & publish a book.
Stick to your own style of writing!
  1. Describe your book in one (1) word. Awesome!

I’M EXCITED! WHERE CAN WE BUY THE BEE HIVE?

I’m excited! Where can we buy your book?
I’m excited! Where can we buy your book?

DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR!

Simon Adepetun - Author of The Bee Hive.
Simon Adepetun – Author of The Bee Hive.

SIMON ADEPETUN – AUTHOR of THE BEE HIVE!

Simon Adepetun was born in Manchester, and has lived in Cheshire since 1999.

He has a 2:1 B.A. (Hons) in English Studies and a Postgraduate Certificate in Theatre Studies from the University of Manchester.

Simon is married with three children, works as a full-time Sales Manager and enjoys, writing stories, poetry and songs, and spending quality time with his family.

That’s it folks.

Go ahead and buy the book!

HOW TO WRITE AND PUBLISH A BOOK – INTRODUCING THE BEE HIVE!

The Bee Hive by Simon Adepetun.
The Bee Hive by Simon Adepetun.
Buy on Amazon
Buy on Amazon

This article is not sponsored and all opinions and the very excitement of my brothers’ first children’s’ book, are my very own!

Please also note that there is now an Amazon affiliate link UK and Amazon affiliate link DE (for the very first time) connected to the cookery books. I told you that I liked reading ’em! Everytime a book is sold via my link in Amazon UK or Amazon DE, I get a little percentage, but at no extra cost to yourself! A win-win for all!

p.s. Go ahead and buy his book or if you prefer to buy from Amazon.de, you can buy my brother’s book here!

Thanks so much.

In the summer I’ll be going to Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and possibly Russia!

From May 18th – May 22nd, I’ll be at the Berlin Music Video Award.

From June 2nd – June 3rd, I’ll be at the Berlin Fashion Film Festival.

From June 28th – July 2nd, I’ll be at Berlin Fashion Week.

Save the Date!

May & June are going to be fabulous!

I’ll be there. Will you?

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

If you’re not in Berlin in May, you can’t be breathing!

Watch this space!

How to write and publish a book!
How to write and publish a book!

Have you ever wondered if you had the talent, or enough patience, to put all your ideas onto paper and pen? Have you ever thought about writing a book?

See you in Berlin.

If you like this post or if you have any questions send me a tweet, talk to me on Facebook, find me on Linkedin, make a comment below, look for me on Google+ or send me an Email: victoria@thebritishberliner.com

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How to be a savvy travel blogger with 10 tips to help you prepare, and find your way around! – ITB Berlin.

Nepal
Nepal

This week is going to be exciting.

And why?

The ITB travel trade fair is going to be in town.

Yeeeeeeeees!

Before I became the awesome travel blogger that I am today, I used to attend the ITB as an ordinary member of the public. And let me tell you. It was one of the highlights of my year!

I mean, thousands of international travel organisations and travel destinations to watch, see and taste.

Look at me. No! Look at me!
Look at me. No! Look at me!

OMG!

It was amazing.

It still is!

Sooooooooo, this week, I’ll be joining in the action too.

However, now that I’m a professional blogger don’t you know, I get to have internal access to all that the travel industry has to offer.

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

I’ve already written about the ITB before:

Here – My first introduction to the ITB Berlin: the international tourism trade fair.

Here – 10 things to do if you’re a new blogger and what I learnt – ITB Berlin.

And here – I went to the ITB in Berlin, so am I a professional travel blogger?

But it doesn’t hurt to reiterate the facts:

WHAT IS THE ITB?

ITB Berlin Convention 2016
ITB Berlin Convention 2016 – 50 years of excellence!

The ITB Berlin stands for the “Internationale Tourismus-Börse” or in English, the “international tourism trade fair.”

The ITB 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!

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT THEN?

Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan

Well, the ITB Berlin is the foremost business platform for the global tourism business. We’re talking:

  • 5 continents.
  • 185 Countries.
  • 200 trendsetting events.
  • 850 Qualified Top Buyers.
  • 10,000 Exhibitors.
  • 23,000 Convention Visitors and Participants attending lectures, discussions, and workshops.
  • 50,000 Private Visitors.
  • 115,000 Trade Visitors.
  • 160,000 Square meters.
  • Bloggers from 25 countries all over the world.
  • Over 5 days within 9th March – 13th March, 2016.
  • Bringing in a €6.7 billion turnover to Germany!

If you’re at the ITB, you’re in good company.

Visit the Maldives.
Visit the Maldives.

The ITB Berlin is a huge deal and the partner country for 2016 is the Maldives with the motto: –  the sunny side of life.

Wow!

THE ITB BERLIN IS 50 YEARS OLD!

Happy Birthday ITB Berlin!
Happy Birthday ITB Berlin!

The name ITB Berlin stands for a unique success story and things that are made in Berlin.

What began in 1966, as a small overseas import trade show, has developed into a true global success.

What originally, was only an event of five (5) participating countries and regions, has grown to over 180 with an exhibition space expanding from 580 m² to 160,000 m² today!

In five (5) decades so many societal and political changes have taken place.  As far as the tourism industry is concerned, Germany has developed into one of the world’s most important economic factors.

50 Years ITB Berlin - ITB Berlin in 1966!
50 Years ITB Berlin –
ITB Berlin in 1966!

To mark this anniversary, 50 Berliners travelled to 50 destinations all over the world, met 50 representatives, and spoke about 50 special events, topics or projects, whilst picking up interesting, fascinating, and unusual stories. The motto – From Berlin with Love!

Today, the ITB Berlin is the leading trade show of the travel industry and, at the same time, the biggest travel show for the German public!

However, it’s a huge venue and there have been incidents of people wandering around and not actually getting to where they wanted to go. Not naming names or anything, so here’s a few tips on how to navigate your way around!

WHEN CAN YOU VISIT?

Visitors are welcome at the ITB Berlin!
Visitors are welcome at the ITB Berlin!

OPENING HOURS.

Trade visitors: 9th – 13th March, 2016. 09:30 – 18:00.
The general public: 12th – 13th March, 2016. 10:00 – 18:00.
Journalists and bloggers: 9th – 13th March, 2016. 09:00 – 19:00.

ADMISSION.

ITB BERLIN – The world in one place!
ITB BERLIN – The world in one place!

You can buy tickets at the Exhibition Grounds – or save time and money and buy them in advance at the Online Ticket Shop. Entrance for Trade Visitors / Press to the ITB Berlin Convention is included in the price of your trade fair ticket.

Trade Fair Visitors:

  • One Day ticket: Online in advance – €35.00. On the day – €52.00.
  • A Five Day ticket: Online in advance – €50.00. On the day – €75.00.
  • Accredited press / bloggers: Free of charge, in advance. If not accredited, as above.

The General Public.

  • One Day ticket: Online in advance – €12.00. On the day – €15.00.
  • Last Minute tickets (only valid on March 13th, from 14:00) – On the day – €8.00.
  • All children under the age of fourteen (14) if accompanied by an adult, are totally free of charge!

p.s. You should also be able to buy a €12.00 ticket from any BVG/Sbahn ticket machine. And if you live in Berlin, watch out for the free voucher that sometimes comes via a free delivery of the weekend edition of Berliner Morgenpost!

HOW CAN I GET TO THE ITB?

You can travel to the ITB Berlin, any way you like!
You can travel to the ITB Berlin, any way you like!

If you’re a trade visitor or a member of the press, then there is a free ITB shuttle service that will take you from the airport, from selected hotels and from various stops around the city to the ITB Exhibition Ground. If you’re using the city shuttle line service, please note that the stops are not marked as ITB Berlin stops, but are selected buses at the regular bus stops of the Berlin Public Transport System, otherwise known as the BVG!

A map of the Berlin Public Transport Network - BVG
A map of the Berlin Public Transport Network – BVG
You can find them at:
Line A
Bus-Stop 1: Unter den Linden / Friedrichstraße.
Bus-Stop 2: Train Station Potsdamer Platz (on Leipziger Platz).
Line B
Bus-Stop 1: Underground Station U Wittenbergplatz.
Bus-Stop 2: Underground Station U Kurfürstendamm (Kranzlereck).
Bus-Stop 3: Olivaer Platz (Kurfürstendamm 61).
Bus-Stop 4: Underground Station U Adenauerplatz.
Bus-Stop 5: Sbahn Train Station S Halense.

HOW TO NAVIGATE YOUR WAY AROUND THE ITB VENUE.

Navigate your way around the ITB Berlin.
Navigate your way around the ITB Berlin.

There are seven (7) entrances, but to give you a better insight you can download a map of the exhibition ground:

  • Entrance South / Halls 1/2 (Jafféstrasse).
  • Hall 7.2a (opposite to CityCubeBerlin).
  • Hall 9 (Messedamm).
  • Entrance East (Hall 14.1, opposite the ICC Berlin).
  • Entrance North (Hall 19, Hammarskjöldplatz).
  • Hall 25.
  • City Cube Berlin.
The ITB venue is pretty huge so within the exhibition ground itself, you can use the ITB fairground shuttles that will transport you from hall to hall.
Take the Ring Train S41 or S42 to the ITB Berlin!
Take the Ring Train S41 or S42 to the ITB Berlin!

If you’re not using any of the above, or you’re a member of the general public, then you need to get yourself to the following public transport stations. Don’t forget to get a ticket! 

There’s no need to panic though, as the city of Berlin provides an extensive public transport network, but make sure you read this post as to how to buy a daily ticket, as Berlin doesn’t have any barriers, and you don’t want to get caught out without a ticket now, do you? The stations that you need to get to are:

  • Messe Süd – Sbahn Train S5.
  • Messe Nord /ICC  – Ring Train S41 or S42.
  • Kaiserdamm – Underground Station U2.
  • Westkreuz  – Sbahn Train S75, S7, S5, Ring Train S41 or S42. You ought to change to Messe Süd (one stop), or go for a little stroll instead, but it’s a bit of a walk!

10 TIPS TO MAKE YOU SAVVY & HELP YOU PREPARE!

ITB Berlin 2016 robot NAO. ©Aldebaran Robotics
ITB Berlin 2016
robot NAO.
©Aldebaran Robotics
  1. Book: Are you flying, taking the train, hustling in the coach-bus or car-sharing?
  2. Focus: Define what you want to accomplish and whom you want to contact.
  3. Plan: Set up meetings and appointments.
  4. Do research: Get information about the industry’s latest trends and use the Virtual Market Place® catalogue to find out who’s there!
  5. Learn: Go to presentations, workshops, conferences and talks. I learnt all about Twitter for the first time at ITB and then the next day, I went live and never looked back!
  6. Save: Buy your Visitor Ticket in advance at the Online Ticket Shop.
  7. Navigate: Use the Map of the Exhibition Grounds for your personal orientation.
  8. Download: The  ITB Mobile Guide with maps, lists, and services.
  9. Network: The ITB Berlin offers networking events of a special kind – ITB Blogger Speed Dating and the ITB Speed Networking event. However, it doesn’t matter if you’ve not made an appointment previously, although it helps if you do. Nevertheless, you’re at the largest travel trade fair in the world, so go and explore!
  10. Enjoy: You’re in one of the finest cities in the world. Have fun!

DON’T FORGET!

"50 Years ITB Berlin" - ITB Berlin 1997 - Smart clothing - Check!
“50 Years ITB Berlin”
– ITB Berlin 1997 –
Smart clothing – Check!
  • Business Cards – Check!
  • Business Card Folder or File, so that you don’t lose the ones that you’ve collected – Check!
  • Map – Check!
  • ITB Berlin Mobile Guide – Check!
  • Mobile or Cell Phone plus charger – Check!
  • Bottle of Water – Check!
  • Smart clothing – Check!
  • Exude confidence – Check!
  • Smile – Check!

See you at the ITB!

India
India

This article is isn’t sponsored and the wonderful time that I’m going to have at the ITB Berlin, is my very own!

In March and April, I’ll be going to England, Portugal and Spain!

On March 8th, I’ll be at the ITB Berlin Opening Party taking place at Urban Spree. It’s always a lot of fun, so if you’re in town, come and join us!

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, I’ve joined the Berlin Travel Massive campaign which is hosting an OPEN CALL for the best photos of awesome WOMEN IN TRAVEL. You can share your pictures using the hashtag #WomenInTravel & #travelmassive until March 6th, where photos will be featured at Travel Massive’s biggest night of the year – the Opening Party at ITB Berlin – on March 8th.

The best pictures will also be published on the platform of Travel Massive & featured by Lonely Planet, on Twitter!

The artistic space dedicated to urban culture – @Urban_Spree – will be an evening to celebrate the travel industry, the 50th anniversary of @ITB_Berlin and to highlight and spotlight women – #womenintravel – empowered through tourism: To RSVP go here!

PLANET HER – a pop-up photo exhibition – will also be launched on International Women’s Day (March 8th), and will run until March 13th and during ITB Berlin. The gallery will feature images of women from Haiti, Burma and Tajikistan, and images from @gadventures for Good projects such as Sisterhood of Survivors in Nepal, winner of the UNWTO Award for Innovation in 2016.

On March 9th, I’ll be participating in the iambassador – Traveldudes – ITB Travel Tweet-Up!

And of course, the world’s leading travel trade show –  ITB Berlin – will be taking place from 09.03.16 – 13.03.16.

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 in March, where are you?

March is going to be splendid!

Watch this space!

How to be a savvy travel blogger with 10 tips to help you prepare, and find your way around! - ITB Berlin.
How to be a savvy travel blogger with 10 tips to help you prepare, and find your way around! – ITB Berlin.

Which of these tips would you use? Are you a savvy travel blogger? Have you ever been to the ITB Berlin?

See you in Berlin.

If you like this post or if you have any questions send me a tweet, talk to me on Facebook, find me on Linkedin, make a comment below, look for me on Google+ or send me an Email: victoria@thebritishberliner.com

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My 100th blog post celebration. Hip! Hip! Hurraaaah!

A British cream tea!

Wow!

I’m popping the champagne!

Today is the publication of my hundredth (100th) blog post. That’s 100 blog posts since this little baby went into publication on the 21st October, 2013.

At the end of 2013!

And what an amazing collection of stories, visits, and adventures that I have been on.

I know that people, bloggers in particular, don’t like the notion of luck and quite frankly, I’m not one to talk of fate, but when I happen to be in the right place at the right time, I don’t know what else to call it.

So I’ll help you.

We love my blog!

I call it jolly good luck with masses of enthusiasm, buckets of really hard work and shaken and stirred with all the people I have met along the way, who have helped and supported me on my quest to being a successful British blogger.

Living in this wonderful city called Berlin.

In Germany.

And most importantly, of all.

YOU!

The readers.

Where would I be without you?

Random strangers can be interesting!
Random strangers can be interesting!

From the very beginning, my blog has always been read.

At no point did I feel that I was writing to myself. No siree!

I write for myself yes, and that’s extremely important ‘cos that way you get to hear my quirky voice and weird sense of humour.

You get to hear about my distaste of anything with chocolate. Except for Cadbury’s milk chocolate bars and chocolate buttons!

Of how I hate bananas.

And how coffee makes me vomit.

Disgusting stuff!

Chocolate Pudding.
Chocolate Pudding. Everything I dislike!

You get to read about my adventures of falling down ski-lifts, being dragged up live volcanoes, blagging my way through Fashion Week and travelling through a region that needs great courage and strength of determination.

Yes!

Ladies & Gentlemen,

I bring you Cersei Lannister of King’s Landing and Daenerys Targaryen and her terrible dragons.

I bring you…

Game of Thrones.

Ooops. Wrong story!

My blog The British Berliner is read and continues to be read by people from all over the world and from all works of life.

But the biggest surprise of all is that even though I write in English, the amount of Germans who read my blog has been staggering. It turns out that thousands do.

Every week.

It turns out that the number one nationality of readers who love my blog are Americans, second (2nd) are Germans and my fellow British readers are third (3rd)!

You've all been brilliant. Thank you so much!
You’ve all been brilliant.
Thank you so much!

Thank you all so much!

Let’s not forget that The British Berliner is a lifestyle expat travel blog about culture, history, travels around the world, Europe, and being British in Berlin. It focuses on me, a British girl from Manchester living in Berlin with my German husband and my half British – half German son, my promotion of British-German life, international culture, history, literature, theatre, style, the English Language, travels around the world, what I do in normal every day life and where I go.

Oh yes!

This year has been gloriously splendid.

Berlin - very British - rbb

My blog has advanced with ever-increasing success and invitations for visits and coverage have come fast and steady.

Oh yes, and trolls! Some of them nasty. Some of them not. Most of them on other media platforms.

I’ve had a couple of people who wanted to start a “discussion” on Twitter but after thinking hard and long, I decided to ignored them. Some “interesting” comments you can find here, here or here. The really nasty comments, I didn’t publish and blocked them entirely!

Ah well!

With Eszter Bittmann In Budapest, Hungary.
With Eszter Bittmann In Budapest, Hungary.

In 2015 so far, I have travelled to nine (9) countries:

  1. The Czech Republic. Twice (2)!
  2. Estonia.
  3. Finland.
  4. Germany – Osnabrück – I’ll write about that later in the year…!
  5. Hungary.
  6. Latvia.
  7. Lithuania.
  8. Holland.
  9. Spain.
@Elina Sirparanta.
@Elina Sirparanta.

Four (4) of them were completely new countries namely: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania & Finland.

One (1) of them, I went to twice this year namely: The Czech Republic and I’ll be going to three (3) more countries before the year is over.  If you dash to the bottom of the page, I’ll reveal where Victoria – The British Berliner is going to travel to next.

This summer, I became the daaaarling of the German media and was all over the TV and press. Yes, yours truly made a documentary about being a lifestyle, expat, travel blogger, went on prime-time TV and talked intelligently about expert topics, did a radio interview, and also a video interview for one of the largest international travel forums – Travel Massive AND got a personal article piece written about me on Europe’s largest on-line newspaper. I even helped a friend to make an independent silent film!

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

All because the Queen came to Germany.

Oh, in most of the stuff I spoke German too.

Gulp!

Thank you Ma’am!

So let’s get this party started. First of all, I’m going to list the top 10 countries where people who read my blog come from, and then the top 10 read posts so far in 2015, so get yourself a glass of something and settle back.

I know I will!

An organic burger and a beer at Bread & Butter - Berlin Fashion Week

THE TOP 10 COUNTRIES OF PEOPLE WHO READ MY BLOG in 2015:

  1. The United States.
  2. Germany.
  3. The United Kingdom.
  4. Canada.
  5. France.
  6. Australia.
  7. Holland.
  8. Spain.
  9. Sweden.
  10. Norway.

I’m going to make mention of one other country and that is Latvia.

Photo@ J-O Eriksson

The people of Latvia were astonishing and really came out and supported my blog on the following post: Riga is gorgeous. Go there right now! This post amazingly went viral and I received more than 19,000 hits in my social media feed!

Nineteen thousand (19,000) hits.

Absolutely Outstanding!

Thank you Latvia!!

At Queen Nefertiti's Party!
At Queen Nefertiti’s Party!

THE TOP 10 READ POSTS SO FAR!

  1. Gosh! Riga in Latvia is gorgeous: 10 reasons to go there right there now!
  2. It’s bizarre. It’s quirky. It’s THE WYLD!
  3. The Queen came to Berlin. I’m British so pass me the Pimms!
  4. Going to Poland: 10 reasons not to go!
  5. My first press or FAM trip ever to Nord-Pas de Calais otherwise known as, Northern France!
  6. Germany is Boring!
  7. I went to a sex-show in the city of red lights and thin canals. That’s right. 48 hours in Amsterdam!!
  8. If you’re looking to make a change: Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a family. Choose an alternative walking tour in Berlin!
  9. A light, a camera, and a broken arm: Action and drama at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
  10. I didn’t kiss a girl but I ate fried cheese in the Czech Republic. And I liked it!
and then We Were Three.
and then We Were Three.

Feel free to read and share LOL!

And now for what you’ve been waiting for. A drum-roll please.

FOR WINTER/AUTUMN THE BRITISH BERLINER IS GOING TO…..

POLAND

In Warsaw, Poland.
In Warsaw, Poland.

In October, I’m going to Warsaw and I’m very excited!

As you know, Poland is one of my favourite countries and even though I’ve been to the old country many times, I’ve never been to the capital.

Warsaw is old and historic with culture and a lively heart of art, food and drink. In fact, once I decided that I was going to Warsaw, I’ve had a bevy of people just dying to show me around, so I’m going to be hanging out in an old communist van with Adventure Warsaw, getting my groove and my fancy gear on, to check out the nightlife with the oldest Warsaw Pub Crawl! I’m going to be staying at a unique designer boutique hotel called Autor Rooms AND I’m going to be learning how to cook.

Again!

Yes, I’ll be learning how to make real Pierogi the way grandma used to make it with Polish your Cooking. Yummmmmy!

ENGLAND

The Llandoger Trow in Bristol.
The Llandoger Trow in Bristol.

In November, I’m going to good ‘ole England.’Ra! ‘Ra!

I’ll be guided by Destination Bristol so I’m going to visit Bristol & Bath.

it’s going to be a pleasure to Rule Britannia and wander on the ships and harbour of Bristol, and to follow the dainty footsteps and heaving bosoms of Jane Austen and the Roman spas of Bath. It’s going to be quite pleasing to stay in a British quirky hotel, visit the old market hall and be fittingly entertained at an English theatre of great repute.

Bristol is going to be so much fun!

I’ve  been to the city of Bath a few times before but never really to Bristol. The only time I went to Bristol, was on the way to the tiny country of Wales!

It will be delightful to have slices of roast beef and yorkshire pudding, cream teas and sticky toffee and a proper plate of Full English!

I simply can’t wait!

SOMEWHERE IN CENTRAL / NORTHERN EUROPE

Denmarks flag in 1219.
Denmarks’ flag in 1219.

In early December, I’d like to go to Switzerland, Denmark or Belgium for a few days, but I haven’t quite decided where yet. Where do YOU think I should go?

I’ll be writing all about my up-coming adventures in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

 

Exciting times!
Exciting times!

This article isn’t sponsored and all opinions and the glasses of champagne that I delightedly guzzled, are my very own!

I have so much to share with you.

In the next few weeks, I’ll be in Warsaw, Bristol & Bath and I’ll also be at the following events:

On 16.09.15, the Strictly Stand Up English Comedy Night will be taking place at the Quatsch Comedy Club in Berlin.

Until 26.09.15 only, the Wintergarten Varieté will be presenting The SOAP Opera show or Show SEIFEN OPER.

From 28.09.15 – 07.10.15 the Bar Jeder Vernunft will be presenting, for one (1) week only, a festival of top British entertainment – Britain’s Best! Music and Comedy.

I’ll be there. Will you?

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

If you’re going to Warsaw or Bristol or Bath, let me know!

September is going to be jam-packed!

Watch this space!

My 100th blog post celebration!

What has been YOUR favourite post so far? Where should I go for a long weekend break in December?

See you in Berlin.

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