Six weeks ago Ben passed by the sign that marks the city border of
Berlin. He is a carpenter on his journeyman‘s apprenticeship. I can see
that his life is entering a new phase. Just before he left for his
travels, he met a new girlfriend. At first he didn’t have the courage
to tell her he was leaving, but the second time they met up he told
her. Now he is slowly realizing that he won’t be returning to Berlin
for three years and a day. “When I think about what that means it hits
me real hard”, he says.