Liv Hambrett

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As Close to ‘Viral’ as I am Ever Going to Get

Let’s revel in it together.

A few days ago, I received a lovely email from the guys over at Überlin – a beautiful blog for those living in or in love with Berlin – asking if I wanted to collaborate with them a little. I said, count me in. Natürlich. ‘What I Know About Germans’ was selected as the post that would springboard ABL into the Überlin stratosphere and it was duly published two days ago with some beautiful photos.

And then it absolutely exploded.

From Überlin it began buzzing on Facebook (10,000 likes at this point in time … I mean what?) and Twitter. Social media ferried it onto Reddit. And then onto Tages-Anzeiger online, a Swiss national paper with one of the country’s largest readerships. Comments have come pouring in – most resoundingly positive and largely from very happy Germans (phew). I am getting absolutely lovely emails and tweets from perfect strangers (don’t stop, they make my day). One reader even made a response post – things you need to know about Australians (and he was bang on, we do drink as much tea as the British, even when it’s boiling outside and we do NOT drink Fosters beer). And the guys at Überlin and I are looking at the wonderful ruckus these 78 points have caused with complete bewilderment. There is noise being made for the list to reach 100 – watch this space, I may need your help with making this happen.

So this is it guys, this is as close to viral as I am ever going to get. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a bottle of reasonably priced, perfectly decent Sekt somewhere, waiting to be cracked open.



    1. Liv

      7 June, 2012 at 9:24 am

      Might crack it out tonight – it feels a touch undignified before midday.

  1. The Wanderlust Gene

    7 June, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Good on ya’, that’s great!

  2. grimdreamer

    7 June, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Congratulations! Your writing is really paying off and you’ve even inspired me to write something similar myself, though mainly about the Night Shift 🙂

    1. Liv

      7 June, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Ha, would love a read when it’s written!

      1. grimdreamer

        7 June, 2012 at 3:40 pm

        Please read my latest entry. It has been written 🙂

  3. wolpertinger

    7 June, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Actually, the article on is also one of the most popular articles on – a social media site for recommending articles which are worth reading. That’s the way I discovered it.
    Enjoy your sekt. You’ve earned it.

    1. Liv

      7 June, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Even better! Thank you!

  4. thisislemonade

    7 June, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Absolutely fabulous! 🙂

  5. jo

    7 June, 2012 at 10:15 am

    have a big glass for me LIv…so proud!!!!

  6. Valentine Logar

    7 June, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I think you do such a wonderful job, going viral is well deserved!

  7. MegsFitness

    7 June, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Congrats!! That was such a fun entry of yours to read 😀

  8. dianasschwenk

    7 June, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Awesome! Congratulations! Oh and don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched, you may just go viral yet!

  9. Dirk Barchmann

    7 June, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Really enjoyed your article and looking forward to read more here. Have a great day. Cheers from Dresden

  10. Makaveli_G

    7 June, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    You never stop amazing us Liv! well-earned recognition 🙂 Cheers!

  11. Adventures (@in_expatland)

    7 June, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Oh darling, you’ve always been viral in my book. Now I’m off to read it again on one of the MANY places it’s featured. Congrats, well done. As a fellow expat blogger, 10,000 hits is, like, well, VIRAL!!

    1. Liv

      7 June, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Ohhhh, so lovely. Thank you x

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    7 June, 2012 at 3:37 pm

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  13. cravesadventure

    7 June, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Congrats – CELEBRATE – Yay!!!

  14. bobblume

    8 June, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    This is great. Thanks a lot for the short note on the response. Greetings.

  15. bobblume

    8 June, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    GREAT stuff. Thanks for the short note on my reply. Greetings…

  16. Shannon.Kennedy

    8 June, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Woohoo! Congrats – you deserve it!

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    9 June, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog and Very Inspiring Blog Awards! Check it out here:

  18. Liv

    10 June, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you all!

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  21. eatingthepages

    13 June, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Congrats on the viral-ness…? … virality? Whatever… On going viral! I have these discussions all the time, “Germans do this, Germans do that,” and your list is absolutely wunderbar! 🙂

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