How can it be the end of August already? Today is the first day of school for children in Berlin, which means for most folks, it is also a return to routine, a return to work.
I never realized how truly dedicated to vacations Europeans were. Coming from a city that never took time off, where people accrued comp days and then couldn't use them all up at the end of the year, it was a difficult change. However, I think that August's two weeks of camp, visits from several out-of-town friends, and taking care of "back-to-school" shopping managed to help us breeze through the month without blinking.
And it's hard to get any work done if everyone you need to talk to is on vacation for 3 weeks and is not responding to emails.
So, we made our own plans, slept in a little longer, went to more parks, played table tennis, walked around, ate ice cream, and snatched little bits of productivity here and there. Somehow, I finished three big projects last week and had a real weekend.
Next thing I knew, I was setting the alarm for 6:00 a.m. and making a bag lunch and walking to a large old brick building along with hundreds of other parents and kids.
It was a great summer holiday. I think I'm actually looking forward to the next one.