We arrived yesterday in Berlin and how wonderful it is to be back! It was very naive of me to think that summer would be greeting us, but at least it's not hot and humid anymore. I just read that India has a rising death toll from the current heatwave they're experiencing. It's awful and I hope they receive some respite from the heat as soon as possible. I know that I most definitely feel better having the cool spring air around me now.
Christoph and I have been steadily unpacking our suitcases from Bangkok, while pulling out winter clothes from our closet in order to store them away for the summer. Berlin has for us, become a kind of annual ritual of sorts. We come each year at a time of change, whether it be with the seasons or what is happening in our lives. We seem to somehow be constantly moving, orbiting around the globe with Berlin being the geographical point.
Therefore, the wonderful thing about having our small haven here is that we feel grounded every time we come back. The apartment stays the same. Our neighbourhood stays the same. The people we know remain the same. For a couple of travellers like us, we really appreciate the sense of familiarity that we have in Berlin. How good is it that we are be able to travel and explore? We are consistently tested by the strange and unknown and yet, we get to come 'home' to Berlin and fit right in again each time. It's quite a lovely feeling :-)