The expression on the young man’s face in the photo at left pretty well mirrors my feelings about leaving Berlin, and about packing for my trip. Okay, I’m looking forward to seeing my family and friends in Florida, but this has been an especially good summer for me. The weather has been the best I’ve ever experienced in the four summers I have lived here. Especially after we entered the month of July, most every day was sunny, cool and dry. We had a few hot days, but not many.
More importantly, I am grateful for the time I was able to spend with my friends here. They kept me pretty busy, and I’ll probably need a month to recover when I get home to Florida.
I met so many pleasant young people this summer — university students mostly — and getting to know them was a privilege. All have been friendly and helpful and I admire their intellectual curiosity about a variety of subjects.
Berlin is one of the world’s great cities, and I urge each of you to visit and meet the friendly people who live here. You won’t regret it. The architecture, the parks and lakes, the cuisine and, of course, the beer and wine, all make this a special place. And the public transportation system is superb.
Of course, one of the best reasons to visit Berlin is the handsome young men one encounters everywhere. This is a youthful city, with a large gay population. Homosexuality is accepted here in a way I wish it could be in the United States. Many of the students I socialized with this summer are straight, and they all know I am gay, but it makes no difference to them, which I think is wonderful.
As I mentioned yesterday, I’m hosting four friends for dinner tonight, so I’d best get busy. My next post will likely be from Florida on Tuesday. My flight from Berlin to Newark departs around nine A.M., Berlin time. The trip takes over nine hours. Then I have a two and one-half hour flight to Tampa from Newark. Ugh.
Have a nice Sunday, everyone.