The Berlin winter although unusually brief and mild this year (save for the two absolutely frigid weeks while Anne was visiting) took a toll on my optimism as well as my first impression of this city. Lacking sunlight and the essential vitamin D(avid), the challenges I faced during the dawn of 2014 wracked me. This manifested as a month of eating little else besides apples, olives and nuts; spontaneously bursting into tears while riding public transit and losing touch with my creative, spiritual self and sense of purpose. I was depressed and experienced a momentary existential crisis. But luckily my darkest hours lasted only about a month before things began to shift: I moved into a fantastic apartment which I share with a lovely woman from the Netherlands and her cat named Purno. My German language skills progress steadily, my network of friends continues to grow, two part-time jobs have landed in my lap and the sun has come out revealing the secret friendliness in strangers and baristas. It was as if someone flipped a switch and suddenly I found myself smiling more often, leaving trails of paper scraps (always a good indication of my wellbeing), feeling hopeful and truly enjoying this city for the first time since arriving last November.
In other news, I’ve encountered a bit of a postal snafu. Last Friday I received a notice from the post office indicating that I’d received a package and I needed to pick it up. When I went to the post office to collect my prize they were unable to locate it. It seems to have been misplaced! I am unable to track the package without a shipment number but I have no information about this package or who may have sent it to me. If you have recently mailed something to me in Berlin please contact me ASAP so we can locate our dear lost package! And for those of you who would like to send or receive some letter love/postal art (hopefully with greater success than this current wayfaring package) please join me at AnalogWordsmith for more details.