one cute meerkat

Observations that I want to record before I forget them……………  

You can recycle your clothes in bins that are found on many city streets………the city feels as if it is at peace with itself…………there are meerkats at the zoo (an animal I’ve been fascinated with since reading Life of Pi)………….the U-Bahn and S-Bahn can get you anywhere you wanna go…………….the bike lanes are on the sidewalks, not the streets (thus far a challenge to remember and one that has led to mad last second dashes to stay out of the way!)…………….you cannot purchase a disposable phone (or any other kind) unless you register with the police (our only bureaucratic frustration so far)…………….people (mostly men) drink beer at all hours of the day while strolling down the street……….and, most important of all, life is wonderful when you live near amazing bakeries and your children begin speaking to you in a foreign language.