June 1, 2010

After ten months in Germany for me (twelve for E.) it was finally time to say goodbye.  The Fellows and their spouses gathered for a final shared meal at the Cafe im Literaturhaus in Berlin.  It had been a cold and wet day.  Our hosts had previously scheduled a farewell cruise, and over the course of the day, there was grumbling, and rumblings of bowing out.  Who wanted to venture to the outskirts of Berlin to have dinner on a boat in the rain?  We got lucky though:  The boat company thought we were coming the next day, and the organizers had to come up with a plan B.  Fortunately, plan B was cozy, artsy, and a short five-minute stroll from our hotel.  We had had similar dinners many times before, and we were still in good spirits.  It was hard to believe this was the end.   


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