Before coming to Berlin, I was warned about the abrasiveness and harshness of the Germans but I have been pleasantly surprised by their friendliness. Everyone here has been so willing to help and they really appreciate when we try to utter our few words of German. I’ve been really impressed with Berlin in that regard.
I also didn’t exactly know what an “international” or “global” city meant, but after two weeks in Berlin, I completely understand. I’ve met so many people from different countries, speaking different languages, and practicing different cultures. It has been amazing to see the mixture of all these people and it fits in to my research topic very well.