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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Berlin: A New Start

I’m happy to report we've safely landed in Berlin; cats too.  

With an empty apartment until the end of July, we've taken to being tourists, paying visits to local museums, seeing numerous historical landmarks scattered around the city and basically just trying to find our way around.

Since we were last here, eight and a half years ago, so much has changed.  The biggest of these changes is Christopher, obviously.  It’s a bitter sweet moment for him, finally having the chance to return to the city where he was born.   And so far he’s adapted quite well in the short time we’ve been here. One immediate change we’ve noticed is how quickly he’s picked up German.

One of the first places we visited, shortly after we arrived in Berlin was the hospital where Christopher was born.  Next, we pointed out the very spot where, mommy started having contractions--the Starbucks@ Potsdamer Platz.  Eventually, we’ll take him to see the OBGYN who took such good care of my wife during her pregnancy. That will be an interesting visit. 

Next, we traveled to Warschauer Strasse to see a section of the Berlin Wall which, after all these years is still standing in the original place where it was erected in 1961.  Berlin history is such a fascinating topic to discuss, particularly The Berlin Wall.  

Other points of interest we've seen/toured over the past several weeks include: Brandenger Gate, The Communications Museum, Checkpoint Charlie (they now charge two Euros to have your picture taken!), The Reichstag (Parliament), and showing Christopher his new school.  To top it all off, we took an early morning trip to Tempelhof Airport.  Eight years ago, this airport was fully operational.  Now, it's been converted into a public park for all to enjoy. Even the runways are full accessible! For those not familiar with Tempelhof's history, this airstrip was home to the Berlin Airlift from 1948 - 1949.

In between playing tourist and riding buses, trams, S-Bahns and U-Bahns all over the city, we’ve also been busy slowly turning our empty apartment into a home.  As you might have guessed, our container has yet to arrive.  Last time we checked, it was sitting at a port in England.  Hopefully, by months end, we’ll be reunited with all our worldly belongings.  The last time we saw any of our stuff was June 18.  Let’s hope nothing has disappeared since then.  At least none of the boats it has sailed on thus far have sunk!

Thanks for stopping by. 

Playing ball with robots @Communications Museum

Cleared for takeoff

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Wheels Up

As we watch our final sunset in Kuwait this evening, our family looks back and reflects on a truly remarkable time.  Nearly three years ago, almost to the day, we arrived in Kuwait not knowing what to expect.  Tonight, we leave this country with a much better understanding of its people, culture and way of life.  If you haven't had a chance to explore this part of the world, I encourage you to do so.  It is amazing!

Thanks to all who've  faithfully followed this blog for the past three years, and to those who have followed me for even longer.  I hope all of you have enjoyed our adventures as much as I've enjoyed bringing them to you.  

Now we move on to Berlin, for another exciting chapter in our lives. Who knows what becomes of us there.  

Take everyone and goodbye from Kuwait.