Most days, I like to start my mornings with a fresh smoothie, sitting at my desk while checking my email. But instead of being stuck in a stuffy office building, my desk is in the guest room of my apartment in Berlin.
As an American expat, I like having a home in Berlin...but I also like being able to leave it when the desire strikes. Cold weather is not my friend. I'd prefer to spend my winters someplace warm, so I escape the chill Germany experiences from November through March. Since my work lets me be almost anywhere I want—as long as there's a good internet connection—this is when I head south.