The most surprising part of this activity was the sounds; after working in the office for months I have become accustomed to most of them and learned to drown them out. I even consider our office to be a pretty quiet place, but I have now realized that at any given time it can actually be quite loud if you listen hard enough. I also never realized most of the decorations that were present or the lack of color in the office and now that I have I find it a bit depressing. I can get into a monotonous routine, which causes me to be very desensitized to what is happening around me. I hope that when I am in Berlin and experiencing a new place I will be able to use all my senses to really capture all that is happening around me.