a bit off-the-cuff, but as we were sitting on the ufer in the evening berlin breeze, ian suggested i decorate the tree before us with my paper chains. seeing that it's a community effort, these CELEBRATION ROOMS, i took his advice and had carsti help me hang a few paper chains in a tree to the surprise and delight of everyone else! what a scene-- the two lovers below the branches, the sunset, the swans in the river! everyone always asks, "whose birthday is it?" or "what are you celebrating." it's no one's birthday, we're celebrating LIFE! we're celebrating because WE CAN! thanks for the help, boys. it's so relaxing to sit and make those links while they drink their beers. i love berlin!