From Visiting to Living

I've been here in Berlin for 7 weeks of the 18 weeks I'll be here, and at some stage, I'd say around 3 or 4 weeks in, I moved psychologically from visiting here to living here and it happened without me noticing it. 
When you visit a place you tend to run around and see and do everything that's available in the city because you won't be there long. But when it's for a longer period, and in my case 4 and possibly 5 months, you tend to develop living routines as if you are at home. I'm no longer frantically trying to go to everything instead I'm pacing myself to see them over a longer period. Laundry, shopping and cleaning routines click in and also as I'm writing every day, it's become my work schedule. Making friends at the writers meet-ups, who I see several times every week is also a development that doesn't happen on a visit but is part of a longer stay. 
One of the most notable things is the fact that I brought so few possession- a small set of clothes, toilet bag, 2 cameras, an iPhone, a MacBook and some basic painting materials, and I'm surviving quite happily with those items and it makes me think how little we really need to live and work comfortably. So many other things are superfluous, more a product of consumer society than a real need. It fits in with the minimalism approach which I had started several months before I left for this trip. I've no desire to adopt Buddhism (and lose all desire for material possessions) but needing less things certainly has its benefits.  
But I'll have to wait and see if this non-materialistic approach develops over the 4/5 months. Now if only I could apply this to food then I might lose some weight. :)

Bubble maker at Alexanderplatz

Bubble maker at Alexanderplatz