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…