The last few days had been hectic with packing. I'm spending my birthday weekend in Berlin and as usual, I was busy with clearing my kitchen of perishables. That included some very nice Italian plums that I unwisely purchased (they were so so so nice!) and I had to carved out precious blocks of time to turn them into the Christmas preserve they are destined to be. I cannot wait to send them out as part of my holiday gift basket this year to friends and family! This plum conserve is everything Christmas tastes like to me.
Oh yes, Berlin. I'm at the airport right now and barring some weird consequences, will arrive in this cosmopolitan city Thursday morning for a long weekend of skating, racing, hanging out with friends, eating, shopping, and sightseeing! The original plan for this year was a very competitive event in which I'll get to test myself against some of the best European skaters at the biggest inline skating race in the world. Unfortunately, the string of crashes (nine at last count) this year absolutely derailed my plans and my expectation is merely to finish the race safe and sound. My plan this year is to check out the course so I can return next year ready to race. This change eases off any racing stress and I'll get to enjoy all that this historical city has to offer.
Internet access over the next few days will be spotty at best but I hope to keep you up to date with all the sights and sounds of Berlin. I left plenty of room in my suitcase. You know what that means? Retail therapy is in order!