i have found a place in berlin much earlier than i thought i would. in fact, it was the first of only three i had a look at. it is a very nice flat: lots of space, phenomenal light, boarded flooring, stucco and a whole front of windows. i will spend a lot of time organizing things in the next couple of weeks, and will have to go down to zurich once more to get my clothes and kitchen utensiles, too. i am planning on being here from the beginning of november. it is all looking pretty good, and i feel very lucky. actually, the place is just like the one i had wished for.