It's been a hard first week back in Berlin. After a month of being constantly surrounded my family and friends, returning home to an empty apartment has been tough (Matthias isn't back for another week). And then there's the snow. One of the odd things about Berlin is that there is no 'civic responsibility' to shovel snow. The local government doesn't get paid to do it and residence aren't expected to do it. Not surpisingly it doesn't get done. While I'm the first to admit that I am not the most experienced "snow person", my experience after living in Boston is that shovelling is good. Ice is bad and shovelling at least gives you a small 'ice free zone' to walk. Anyway, I'm back to wearing my ugly winter snow-boots and after wearing summer dresses through Australia it's a little like rubbing salt into a wound... To top it all off I'm sick. I still have a stack of photos from my trip to Central Australia to show you all, but right now all I can think about it curling up under a doona and watching Mad Men. Bah, Humbug!