Just a short update. Jesse got here on wednesday, without his bike and after a very long flight. his bike did arrive later, but without some of his gear, due to the huge hole lufthansa had torn into the box. way to go, lufthansa.
i've shown him some of the biggies (brandenburg gate, potzdamer platz, friedrich str., oranienburger str, holocaust mahnmal, reichstag, etc) and yesterday we went on a really beautiful bike ride through the grundewald (berlin's forest) and along the havel (really big lake). today we are going to see my mom's side of the family, and hopefully go to a museum or two (or if i get my way, go to the zoo).
also, i think jesse will be updating his blog periodically, so if you want to follow along his bike trip, this is the url. http://www.jessepeck.blogspot.com/