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Berlin Day 1

In Beauty by Gemma Tomlinson18 Comments

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Hello from Sunny Berlin! I am currently in Germany for DX Berlin, a conference being held by Abbott for the blogging community around type 1 diabetes.

Now, I know what you’re thinking…Gemma you don’t have diabetes! And you’re right, I don’t, but I was so honoured to be asked to come and meet the bloggers here, talk about social media, my work and maybe share some insight from a different kind of online community.

Social media has changed my life, after all I met Matt, joined a community, found a career, made friends and even adopted a puppy online. We sometimes find our corner of the internet and stay there, so I was really excited at the prospect of seeing another online world, chatting about my passions and sharing some tips and tricks.

I travelled from Manchester – Munich, then Munich – Berlin. Thanks to the football being held in the city the flights had all been booked up long in advance and there was a real buzz around the airport with plenty of Spaniards and Italians travelling to see their teams.

I flew with Lufthansa who were fantastic, they even had a pay as you go self serve Nespresso stand at the gates, need I say more? I arrived in Berlin to some much welcome sunshine and met a viewer in Starbucks which absolutely made my day and really drove home how social media can connect us to people all over the world. It was so lovely to arrive in a new country and be greeted so warmly by someone who knew me! I checked into our hotel for the weekend, the H2 in Alexanderplatz, which was really clean and well located.

I was running on caffeine and very little sleep, but I was so excited to meet the other bloggers and Abbott had arranged a cocktail reception at the Bellini Lounge which gave me a chance to chat to people, hear about their blogging journeys and find out more about the diabetes community.

I learned a lot that evening alone and after a stroll back to the hotel with my new friend Sofia I had an early night and got ready for the next day in Berlin…

  • It looks like you are having such an amazing time! Berlin looks incredible. x

  • Hope you come back to Berlin soon to do some sightseeing 🙂 Even though I am from Germany, Berlin is always special. There is so much to see and do.


  • I visited Alexanderplatz a couple of years ago and it was sooo much fun – hope you had a great time Gemma

    Charlotte / styleaked

  • Berlin looks wonderful! I hope you’re having a great time.

  • I want to visit Berlin now! Have a great time!

  • BerryBloomXO

    Oooh it sounds like an exciting adventure, and you’re right, we do tend to settle in one corner of the internet and my little brain cannot seem to comprehend how many corners there are! It’s practically endless!
    xoxo, | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog 
    also on BLOGLOVIN

  • Allison

    It is lovely how social media and blogging really makes the world a smaller place! I’ve made a few lovely friends through blogging that I would have never ever met without it!

    Allison from Mercuteify

  • What an exciting trip! I think it’s so cool how YTer’s and online personalities can travel to another country but have someone who knows them come up and say hey 🙂

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  • What a wonderful place and photos. 🙂 x

  • ninegrandstudent

    I’d have loved to go to that conference, my boyfriend has type 1 so it would have definitely been useful! Jealous! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  • Umm Nespresso stand at the gate?! That sounds amazing! I’ve been dying to go to Berlin for a while and I think that whole coffee situation just sealed the deal hehe 😉
    Steph | Misc. Bliss

  • I would like to visit Berlin soon, according to me is a city so creative and full of inspirations! I think that the conference was so great!


  • I love the internet. Back from my early days making Geocities websites then moving into the world of LiveJournal and now with social media and blogging it’s been one exciting journey. I’m still in contact with people from LJ and I managed to find people with similar interests, something I didn’t manage at school or uni!

    I think Lufthansa are fantastic – every thing. Looking forward to hearing more about your Berlin trip.

  • Laura Jackson

    Love your blog, I would love it if you could take the time to look at mine its xx

  • Fashionbyjeje Welcome to my ur

    I really like your blog, attention to detail …

    good continuation in Berlin 🙂

    if you like to see me go


  • I used to live in Berlin when I was younge and it still is one of my favourite cities! So glad you liked it there.

  • I’m heading to Berlin for the new year and really excited. Will blog all about it over on

    Ceann x

  • Aww i love Berlin, me and my mum used to go every year for the christmas markets and it’s such a beautifull city. I hope you enjoyed your stay there and i really must make more of an effort to get back there someday, both the people and the city are lovely.