Early Spring at the Berlin Botanical Garden. 

I was very happy to experience this point of Spring. The ground is blooming but many large trees are just starting to bud. Sunlight illuminates the bare branches and we see just how complicated and vast their networks are. For now we can still see through them, but in a few weeks they will be filled with blossoms and then leaves.

Today marks 3 years living in Berlin. 

My collection of used tea leaves continues to grow. As I drink and share tea, then dry the leaves, I also take time to handle them as they move through each stage of drying. The mix changes over time as I consume teas of different types and origins. There is always so much color and texture to see and feel in the leaves. They remind me of the cycles, slow and fast, that we go through with having different people come and go in our lives, taking care of work and life duties, having fun, being down, and so on. Above all, I am happy to have my health, tools, and the right people in my life to keep going, drinking, collecting, and reflecting.

Thank you to everyone near and far, you have been part of it in some way.

And thank you for being a friend.