today i am leaving the lovely city of berlin. i spent the past week with my friend dominique who i met while traveling in ireland. we had such a great time and she showed me so many amazing places! we rode her scooter around the graffiti-covered jasmine-scented post-communist streets of east berlin, where she grew up. we checked out tons of great cafes, art bars, a club that used to be a nazi hide out, saw a few matches in the eurocup and went cycling a lot! its been so great and i am so thankful to have met such a wonderful and generous friend!! today i head to the netherlands to ride bikes some more and check it out for a few days before going to paris.