Subject: Great expectations - Was: In Berlin - NY Times
Hi Linda, I read yesterday the article, and Don is right. It doesn´t sound as if the writer is entranced by the city. I don´t really mind. I am not expecting anything special, just an interesting course and some good experiences to tell about later.

In fact, I have come to think that the more you expect of a place, the easier it is for you to become disenchanted. It doesn´t have anything to do with being well informed about a place.

A place I was expecting too much was London. I wasn´t really disappointed, but I have heard so many people raving about it, that I felt that I had missed something. After 4 or 5 visits (from a week to a weekend), I have decided that I like London because it is different, it has good but expensive shopping, red buses and the British Museum. But ... I went to Paris not expecting anything. In fact, I was thinking that it wouldn´t be special. It is, in fact. I still have to go and look at the Arc of Triumph, and then the obelisk at the Concorde, and then the Invalides, and then I begin to believe that I am really there.

So, maybe I´ll be lucky with Berlin. Maybe.

I wonder if some of the Ziners have felt like that. If they have been let down by their great expectations, if those expectations have been confirmed. How was your experience?

Kind regards, Covadonga Bilbao - Spain