It’s been a while! The last month for me has been a busy whirlwind of exams, deadlines, trips and partying, and I’ve been neglecting my blogging duties. What has mainly been keeping me busy over recent weekends is various friends and relatives from the UK coming to crash with me here in Berlin, with me acting as tour guide/ party planner / Michelin guide / translator. This has been a lot of fun and always an awesome way to have a weekend jam-packed with fun, as well as seeing loved ones who are fortunately just a two-hour flight away, but it can also be draining. It should first be noted that Berlin is a city I am fiercely passionate about and love very much, therefore whenever someone from home comes to visit it tends to become my mission to make sure that they get the best experience out of the city as possible, and thus fall in love with it the same way I have (I like to think I have been largely successful at this). This often means I will spend a fair amount of time in R&D mode in the days prior to their visit, trying to plan a weekend of eating, drinking, clubbing, culture and sightseeing which showcases all the coolest aspects of Berlin, whilst also keeping things fresh for me as I try to avoid going to places which I love, but have already previously visited several times. This is how several of my recent weekends have already panned out, and I also have a couple of friends who arrive tomorrow night who are new to the city and expecting great things after all of my fawning and simpering over just how cool and fun it is here. Whilst these last few weekends have undoubtedly comprised some of my best experiences here so far, such as celebrating my 21st birthday with my triplet sisters at megaclub Tresor until 9am Saturday morning, or enjoying one of my favourite ever dining experiences in a packed Ethiopian restaurant with a friend from Bristol, it has also been draining. This is probably no-one’s fault but my own, but my main source of physical and mental exhaustion from the past few weekends (usually following a week of deadlines and exams) is that I often feel pressure to ensure my guest is having the best time possible, which sometimes tends to impact on my own enjoyment of something. More importantly I think I just need a rest after being basically non-stop since the very first day of 2016, and to learn that a weekend consisting of an endless circuit of sightseeing and partying does not constitute a rest. It should be noted that I am NOT at all complaining about the fact I am lucky enough to have loved ones who are eager and able to visit me, as they have been vital to making my time here as enjoyable as it could possibly be, and I genuinely relish my role as tour guide and cultural ambassador, and wouldn’t relegate this role to anybody else. I’m just observing that it can be more tiring than I expecting, and that you can very quickly become bored of taking people to the Brandenburg Gate, East Side Gallery and TV Tower.