How we came to be PorterBalls

We embarked on the expat experience in Berlin in 2007 and our lives were changed forever. We saw Obama's 2008 campaign speech, got engaged on the Tower Bridge in London, and generally ripped it up in Berlin.

Halloween 2005 - Mario & Princess Peach
Just got engaged on the Tower Bridge in London!
Life in Berlin 2008

To finish it off, we took an absolutely whirlwind month-long trip around Europe from Vienna to Istanbul to Paris & more.
train ride from hell
26 hour Train Ride to Istanbul from Bucharest & still smiling

A return to Seattle proved that we PorterBalls had really and truly left our hearts back in Berlin. Even though we had a wonderful time getting married, being hugged to death by our parents and re-connecting with the friends that were left behind...expat living beckoned. We didn't have an answer to the question on everyone's mind (even our own),

"Why did you come home”?

So we did the only logical thing - we moved Back to Berlin in 2010.

Jump Shot couple berlin
Loving Berlin

We're still not exactly sure what we are doing, but we really are living the good life and collecting animals as we go. I am the content editor for the website EasyExpat (and available for freelance) with Ian working as teacher extraordinaire of small German children. We do ridiculous things like think up drinking rules to Ride the UBlau and getting our grocery bags stuck in the door of the UBahn.

We still don't know:

What a "career" is
When we're going home
What the hell we're doing with our lives

...but we're still in living and learning in Berlin

Index of posts (with pictures!) 


We finally secured our first real apartment in Berlin. We took it over after subletting and are loving being legitimate renters. There is a place on Buttmannstrasse in Wedding with our name on it. Yes, Wedding, the (former?) ghetto of Berlin. We live above a Döner shop. Feels like an accomplishment.


House Hunters International

And, yes! We are that completely unfamous couple featured on the Episode of House Hunters "Back to Berlin". We had an amazing time filming the show and showing off our gorgeous cities, and blogged about it. Why did you move back to Berlin?

If you want to see live action ebe & Ian, here is the episode and a post about the discrepancies between reality and "reality TV".


PorterBalls are Growing!

With a joint name this great, we feel its only fair to share. A new Porterball is on the way in late October 2014. I am tracking our progress (or lack thereof) on In Berlin, Baby.


Looking for advice about the city? Check out my Berlin resources page, advice to an aspiring expat, our Berlin Origin Story or write me at ianandebe {at} gmail {dot} com

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We're Back in Berlin Ja!

We're Back in Berlin Ja!
ebe & ian at Yak-toberfest 2008