It’s just over 2 weeks until our departure.  We’ve had a farewell bash with 100 of our friends, pets and cars have been distributed to various new homes, and now it is time to take care of all the final details.  My German citizenship application has been received and reviewed by the consulate office in San Francisco; I just need to send in two more documents to complete my file.  Our flat in Friedenau will be available as of our arrival on July 29th.  How fortunate we are to have had such a smooth transition up to this point! If only I didn’t have to say goodbye to so many dear friends………