Tour of Duty Tourism (by Kerri Mullen)

A very wise therapist once told me that all family visits should be legally limited to no more than three days.  Three days is enough to enjoy, to reminisce, to wonder why they aren’t staying longer.  Four days and you know exactly why.

Michael’s been here for seven days now, sharing my 37 square meter apartment.  It’s not a tiny place – Berlin isn’t New York – but it’s still a small space for a 24 year old brother and his slightly neurotic 26 year old sister.  When I walked into my apartment, there used to be a weird burned coffee smell coming from the kitchen.  Now it smells like booze, man body odor and man body wash.  My own odd stink has been completely engulfed.

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