I’ve bought a ticket to Berlin in April. It’s one-way, because until I’m fluent, I’m not coming home. :)
We’ll still keep working at brook there. Anna and I will chat every day through video conference, and I’ll work on patterns, samples, and the website from Germany. Anna will also work on samples and fulfilling orders.
Sewing on a small scale is actually a decent traveling companion, if you’ll be in one location for a month or more. My non-industrial sewing machines are all very cheap- I’d recommend to anyone looking to start out to buy the lowest cost, least electronic machine available. So I’ll plan to buy a sub $100 machine in Berlin, a few rulers, pencils, pens, and a roll of paper and muslin. Some scissors and thread. That’s it- the total cost will be less than $150 to have a working studio overseas.
Besides flights, the first thing I researched in Berlin was raw food. La Mano Verde, according to reviews, serves both raw and vegan food- indicating there is enough of a health conscious community to support it. (Though there ought to be, Berlin being a city of 3.4 million people.)
For language learning, we’ve been having a great time at the German Conversation Group. We actually meet weekly, which is unusual for a meetup group.
Through itunes, I found this excellent podcast series for learning German: German-podcast.de It uses a similar listen/repeat format that the pimsler series uses, and is free, as opposed to $300+.
Ultralingua makes a cool piece of software which allows you to translate unknown foreign language words on a webpage with one key command. It helps with my stumbling through the morgenpost.de fashion and lifestyle pages.
Once in Berlin, I’ll find an apartment and language school. & hopefully some patient friends.