Wednesday, July 11, 2007
[The Pyramid, California State University, Long Beach]
Well at long last I'm back home.
I have mixed feelings about Newark airport. On the one hand, it is a far better organized and arranged customs arrival area than at JFK, which was a nightmare last year. At the same time, both on my way to Berlin and on my way to San Diego, my afternoon flights were delayed due to bad weather. Though I understand that JFK has an even worse record in that regard.
One thing Newark could do is improve their internet terminals. Whose idea was it to position the keyboard for the terminal at such a height that made it simultaneously too low to stand but too high to sit, forcing one to squat on one's haunches while typing? Also, having the touch pad cause the mouse to move in a mirror opposite of the pad seemed almost malicious.
Before I left, Bruce asked if I missed Los Angeles. Only my friends and fresh clothes, I told him. Berlin is a very livable city. While Budapest remains my favorite in terms of visiting, the language issue would make it difficult to live there. Berlin, on the other hand, is just a fun, comfortable place to be. I really liked that I never once felt that I needed a car; the public transportation system is excellent. Also, Prenzlauer Berg, where we stayed, is such a fun, diverse neighborhood, with lots of families and children, as well as immigrants and tons of cafes and night clubs. I'm going to miss it.
All my packages arrived safe and sound, so I've got my research and my books, and all that's left to do is develop the pictures (either tonight or, more likely, tomorrow).
Well, until my next trip....
p.s. I think in a day or so, I might post the best pictures from my trip in thumbnail sketch.