so to update you: lauren and i are completely and utterly obsessed with berlin. hence why we have been here since friday and keep pushing our stay one day longer. the city is fascinating, between the ww2 history, the funky arts scene and the awe and grandeur of the citys expansive layout. oh and its super cheap, added bonus. we are staying at an adorable b&b where the owner has perfectly decorated each room (ours is asian-themed) and he puts together a breakfast plate for us to have each morning when we wake up. we have luckily timed our visit well and managed to be here for both christopher street day, the citys gay pride parade, and the fete de la musique, a free city-wide music festival celebrating the first day of summer. we have had such amazing meals because the city is not very touristy and so the qualitys much better, especially the area were staying in. i will say that we havent met many people in berlin other than our likely-gay host andreas but oh well we have just been soaking up all the incredible sights of the city (the people watching here is incredible). i am sort of starting to feel like lauren and i are an old married couple though (dale dont hate me) because we have every meal together, talk about the weather, climb into our double bed together every night...ahaha ok lets hope she doesnt read this.
anyways, our next plan is to take a 14-hour overnight bus to paris thursday, then meet up with gabe and nick there for the weekend. sunday me lauren and gabe will head south to milan and hike at cinque terre for a few days, assuming we actually book our proper trains hostels flights blah blah blah...planning takes so long! (advantage of doing it all in advance i suppose). although our planning here has been fun, and has often involved sitting in a sketchy 24 hour store, beers in hand, furiously looking up flights online. so thats kind of fun?
ok well tonight we are off to grab dinner and then maybe a drink although last night we didnt get back til 4 so maybe no drinking tonight...yeah last night i had the stupid idea to walk home at 2 am and it took TWO HOURS to walk home. they told me the city wasnt walkable but i just didnt quite believe it i guess. bikings the way to go here, so we finally rented some today.
i love and miss you all, and ill try to keep you updated more.
ps. alissa, happy now?