The #1 reason I was hesitant to come to Germany was that I feared I’d be surrounded by the kind of insufferable NYU hipsters who constantly proclaimed their love for Berlin and all seemed to be moving there (or at least talking about moving there) after college. Thankfully, as a resident of Germany’s second-largest but perhaps most-overlooked city, hipster expats are few and far between and I never have to hear about how New York is so over.
Berlin is great — I really loved it when I visited, and I would live there in a second if someone gave me the chance. I’ll be going back there in two weeks. So I have no ill will towards Berlin. But goddamn I hate the Berlin fetish that seems to have afflicted so many young, already irritating New Yorkers.