Ah, I'll see what I can do about the restrictions. Next election is due in 2.5 years.
On the travel: Berlin is a must see city. Way too crowded and noisy for me. But it is a must see! The Schwarzwald on the other hand is very quiet but beautiful. And it has the big benefit of being way closer to my space, so that we could actually meet up again. Drop me a line if and when those plans are on the verge of execution.