I got my first Birkin last week! 35 raisin clemence with palladium. When I first approached this Hermes branch, I remember the SA said (twice!) that the waitlist has been closed for years. She nicely let me jot down my preferences (just in case, she said). And last Monday, I got a very exciting call! I'll post photos as soon as I can! I can't express how much I LOVE my Birkin. It's gorgeous and I think it really suits my style. I was wondering if you ladies also experienced any differences between "expectation" and "reality" (positive or negative). For me: 1. much much lighter than I thought 2. fits loads more 3. amazing details (like the little H on the zipper) 4. colour is much richer than I thought, and has such depth that it's different shades in different light/angles 5. the leather is so fragrant! I'm getting very excited to think about silly things like: 1. how to hang the clochette 2. organizing the interiour 3. buying a key holder as to not scratch the interiour 4. carrying its raincoat everywhere? 5. right strap over left, or left over right. Ok yes, these are very silly (but very fun things to worry about!)... Any opinions would be much appreciated!