Today is officially four weeks. Excitement has started to build quite a bit, actually. I've read more on the internet, and reviewed the guide books that have been collecting dust on the end table in my living room. Now, I'm afraid, I have too much to do in what I thought was too much time. Gasp. Who knew?
I purchased train travel for Berlin to Dresden and back. I got my reservation for a private tour of the Reichstag (Parliament). So I'm fully reserved for everything that needs reservations. The itinerary is sorting itself out it seems. I am reviewing a private walking tour operator for my first full day to get my feet under me and get acclimated. I have the Reichstag mid-day on the Sunday. Dresden is Tuesday - Thursday morning. Museums on museum island are open late both Thursdays that I am there. The Zoo (and its one panda) is a logical choice for Monday, since so much else is closed. It's all falling into place nicely on its own.
In a stroke of random good fortune, I discovered the maker of a particular cat figurine I'd bought in Cologne on a day trip there in 2007. I've since "lost" that figurine in one of several moves of home over the years, and I was crushed. Somehow a Google search today produced this, and I'm glad to say I should be able to find a replacement pretty easily, Goebel being a very common product in Germany. I hope!
My sister is off to Paris, on her own, next week. While I worry about her doing this for the first time (and am not so secretly jealous that she's going back!) I am proud of her for continuing to follow her passion for art through travel. Bon voyage, ma soeur!