This is my second trip to Europe, but my first time hanging out in Deutschland. Traveling off-season like this has its advantages: Less crowds and generally everything is cheaper. On the negative side it's cold as witch's teeeeet! Espeically for a Southern California boy.
I forgot how "story book" things look here. The countryside is full of story-book villages and eerie looking forrests full of frosted trees and (one would naturally suspect) hordes of ancient gallic warriors waiting to burst out of the woods screaming for roman blood.
New Years Eve at the Gate in Berlin is right around the corner which should be really exciting. I'm currently trying to convince Mike and Pete that we all buy matching fun-boy outfits and hit the town Euro-style for real.