We made it to Germany! Both of us, and all 8 of our bags (almost 300 lbs checked), are safe and sound in Aschaffenburg. Believe me, this is no small task!
It is so hard, much harder than words can say, to leave the people and the places that have defined home for so many years. Even as hard as it was, though, I’m starting to look ahead a little more, to (really) imagine the places we may see and the things we will have the opportunity to do while we are here. Rome! Venice! Amsterdam! Croatia! I could probably use up a post’s worth of exclamation points naming all the places that I’d like to go, so I won’t go on. Stay tuned, though! 🙂 (I’m sure that the photos here will become more interesting, too!) For today, though, I do celebrate the success of getting all of our stuff here! Not to mention that I’ve already unpacked and put away my shoes (not much else, mind you, but the shoes have a home).
Our relocation consultant (who is very excited about very cheap laundry soap) also showed us around the local supermarket yesterday afternoon (following a very intense nap), and much to my surprise (and delight), I will not be sacrificing my favorite little vice: Sprite Zero! 🙂 We have yet to get ourselves organized about groceries and food and other basic necessities, but we do have a case of Sprite Zero. It’s the little things, indeed.
Aschaffenburg is a sleepy little town, for sure. Upon venturing out for dinner last night, we found that there were several places closed already (7pm ish), although this may be a Monday custom. We will have to do more research! We did eventually find a tasty little place to eat: we had dönner, which are like gyro. The man who sold/made us dinner was just about the most cheerful, patient, gracious person I’d ever want to meet (all of which felt entirely necessary as he spoke next to no English and we speak almost no German). We were also able to get our car yesterday. It’s very German: A Volkswagon Golf. It’s very cute, but it’s actually even bigger than my car at home! We kept hearing about how small cars are over there, but then we go and get a bigger car (not that it’s actually big, but in comparison to the MINI, a lot of things seem big!). I’m scared to drive it, but I’m sure that this is also something I’ll get over at some point (stick shift, different driving rules, stick shift, did I mention that it’s a manual transmission?).
Our apartment building comes with an interesting history, as well (especially as we observe the memory of September 11 and all that our military stands for and does for us). It was built (we believe) between the World Wars and was used to house military service people until the end of the Cold War. The base here in Aschaffenburg closed about 10 years ago, making room for happy little engineers and their families today!