My last stories were from Stockholm so how did I get from Sweden
to Berlin? I flew. The original plan was to cycle north from
Stockholm and circumvent the Gulf of Bothnia over into Finland
and down to Helsinki (roughly 600 miles). The weather nixed my
plans. It's now October and I arrived in Stockholm a month later
than planned. The weather has turned lousy (it's cold and has
rained almost everyday for the past two weeks) and I'd be sure
to hit snow. The snow would be nothing new though since four
years ago I did the reverse trip going from Helsinki to Stockholm
and encountering heavy snow along the way (This was in May!).
I fly into Berlin on a Friday and have a heck of a time finding
a room. Why? It's a holiday weekend (Unification Day). The city
is packed with visitors joining in the many festivities celebrating
the anniversary of the not-too-long ago reunification of Germany.
When I was here four years ago the city was one gigantic construction
site. It still is.