Well, we’ve done it. We’ve had our 1st German beer(s) (can you believe that Mike waited almost 3 full days?!). And our first German meal (traditional, anyway; we’ve eaten in Germany before yesterday, but this was real German food). Not to mention our first trip to Deutschland Ikea (which, in case you were wondering, is EXACTLY like the Ikea in Atlanta, only with prices in Euros) and had to wear our jackets for the 1st time (the temperature when we woke up this morning was 47 degrees Farenheit, 8 degrees Celsius; my worst fears confirmed, just 3 days in!). Too bad that I forgot my camera/phone when we went to Ikea, but the good news is that if you are looking for a good image of what we experienced, you can always just go to your neighborhood Ikea and look around. 🙂 (j/k)
The no pictures of Ikea thing may be one of the biggest differences in our lives so far: our phones really only work while we are in our apartment, so we are very disconnected when we are out and about. It’s very strange: while out at lunch, we have these conversations where we need to look things up and we have nowhere to do so until we get back home! Can you imagine, a completely handy-less afternoon? Unheard of! (“handy”=German word for cell phone)
Yesterday is when the jet lag really hit (at least for Anne Marie). We slept until 10:30am! I know… embarrassing. So I thought I’d post it here on the web and make sure everyone we care about knows how incredibly lazy we got there for a minute. So… we didn’t get quite as much accomplished yesterday as we had planned, but… Sleep is good!
Updates: We almost have a home-y apartment. We even have a plant! 🙂 I’ll post updated pictures soon, once the things are arranged and put away. The IT guy has come around and given us all some tips for maintaining our internet connection (for the first few days, I was quite stymied because the internet would log me off every few minutes), so hopefully, actually having conversations and whatnot will be much easier now. The biggest trick that has helped is just to have internet radio running in the background all the time, so that the internet thinks that we are alive. Good to know! We are now much more musical (and grateful for Spotify!)!
Today’s big task (as far as Anne Marie is concerned): figure out about getting classes in German! The German language classes are apparently very popular in these parts, and the more desirable times for the classes have already filled up! Wish me luck for when I go beg the teacher (in English)…