09 Apr

While Julie Donckers already had to leave Berlin again, it will always be the place where she got inspired for her online magazine Why Not Monday: “Every coffee bar / restaurant / shop / event has its own identity because their owners make it so personal. This inspires me to pursue my own plans for the future and to follow my dreams. I do really miss Berlin.”

I’ve lived in Berlin for 5 months and I have to admit that these were 5 amazing months. Not only did this city inspire me a lot, it also helped me grow as a person. Thanks to the Leonardo Da Vinci scholarship I had the chance to do an internship at the strategy group of Scholz & Friends. I always had a love/hate relationship with this city, mostly because you need to give it some time to grow on you. In between those cold post-war buildings you can find vibrant get-togethers where you can meet inspiring people and listen to interesting stories. It is hard to say when I first felt at home in this big city: In a weird way it always felt like home. Before I moved to Berlin, I visited it 4 times. Every time something bad or painful had happened. But as soon as I got the keys to my flat in October 2013, I knew I was where I belonged.

Now that I’m already back in Belgium, I get kinda homesick for Berlin. Sometimes I search the web for plane tickets, so I can visit my friends and favorite spots. Berlin is a city that absorbs you, at the same time it gives you so many impulses and keeps your mind alive. This is very important if you want to work in the creative business. It is probably also one of my favorite things about this city. I hope I can work on projects in Berlin, so I can live there for short periods of time. This would be a dream situation for me.

It’s hard to choose a favorite neighborhood in this vibrant city. Every one of them has something I like and I love the fact that you can change atmospheres completely when changing neighborhoods. The nightlife in Kreuzberg, the organic stores in Prenzlauer Berg, the busy side of the city in Mitte. During the weekend I loved going to The Barn Roastery. Just so I could switch off all those electric habits and read a magazine in silence. Only listening to the sounds of the coffee machines and just relax. If I had to write and work, I would take my laptop to No Fire No Glory. Every weekend I would walk around Berlin, looking for inspiring things to write about for Why Not Monday.

I founded this website in September 2013 with the idea that Mondays don’t have to be as bad as we usually think. It’s the start of a new week. This is where my contributors and I want to inspire WNM’s readers. Starting your week off on a positive note with inspiring posts to read. And Berlin is the perfect subject to write about. So many people open their own businesses or start a project. This entrepreneurial spirit is what I love about Berlin. Every coffee bar / restaurant / shop / event has its own identity because their owners make it so personal. This inspires me to pursue my own plans for the future and to follow my dreams. I do really miss Berlin.

Favorite place

The Barn Roastery

Schönhauser Allee 8

10119 Berlin

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