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A Canadian expatriate living and exploring first France now Germany, then BACK to FRANCE (!!!) with her family; former fashion designer, turned unexpected UNLIKELY NOMAD, raising two children, writing, photographing, painting, playing piano (who knew!!) and blogging - and now... full time student at ART SCHOOL!! (I MUST be crazy!!)

Monday, April 16, 2007

First bits and bites...

Germany…First Impressions….

Green… so very Green. Half timbered…lots of SMILING people,

New favorite food obsession…sour cherries, everywhere… YUM.

Beer and lots of it, plus de-alcoholized for the just-a-half-beerers like me…(give me a glass of good wine…now THAT’S another story…)

Great grainy bread, and lots of yummy new yoghurt types to try.

LOT’S of cardboard boxe…no wait that is just at our house…


Beautiful windmills, very old ones and very Large white new ones.

A fabulous breeze that sweeps down the mountain next door that blows right through the house...

We met a helpful local soul in the grocery store today who had done a student exchange in Mississippi and was most anxious to practice his English, how very funny to hear a German y’alling me and the kids about juice boxes. LOL

More amazing high end cars than you can shake a stick mostly BMW’s, Mercedes lots of nice Audi’s and VW’s too…, and more bicycles than you can shake a stick at too...

First sounds at our new house…sheep bleating at 6 o’clock (coming in from pasture for supper maybe?) cloister bells ringing at 7:30 A.M, 9 A.M and noon plus 6 P.M…marking the work day…(how nice!!) and the tinkle of our fountain…soothing just like at home, and NO sounds at night AT ALL ‘cept the crickets. Bliss.

The kids had their first day of school today and it went so well I had to drag then away at the end of the day. Riel was very excited to introduce me to a few of his teachers at the end of the day and Lily managed to chat up a few of the teachers in the other kindergarten classes. I packed them up a special lunch so at least that would be familiar to them, and I must confess even though I knew I need not have worried, I did a bit. Had a bit of a scare too could not get the GPS to work on the way back to retrieve them at the end of the day and had images of my weeping children waiting forlornly for me. The sense of direction that always fails me in shopping malls served me just fine in open air however and I found the school in good time after all. Phew.

5 comments:

Beth said...

Sounds wonderful - and you deserve that after all the stress, etc. of the move.
I especially like the bit about the cloister bells.
And that the kids are happy in school...

oreneta said...

Grainy bread....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Beth said...

oh man, I can't WAIT for pictures! and lots of grainy bread.

Nomad said...

Yeahhhh....I Have been lining up some shots in my head...now if I could just finish all the fr**ckin unpacking...

Sheesh...

Kimmie said...

The new foods sound yummy, I always love yogurt in England or Hungary...so different than our American yogurts. Greek yogurt is to die for!

Count me in on the bread, I stopped myself at drooling all over the keyboard, as I figured that would be rather gross. ;-)

Glad your kids did so well their first day and that you were able to gather them up.

cheers
Kimmie
mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted

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