Today we were all on different sleep schedules from the jet lag, so we got a late start. Stores and stuff were closed for Fronleichnam (Corpus Christi) in Germany, but not across the border in the Netherlands. We are trying to figure out what it will cost if we get an apartment that doesn’t come with a kitchen. So, we went to Ikea. At first the kids were enamored with all the rooms they had set up, but once they got tired, they were worried that we might never get out. Everything was in two languages… German and Dutch. There were poppies growing as weeds in the parking lot.
Later, we got ice cream and went to the neighborhood park. There were pigeons and a free library. The kids played obstacle course and got their energy out. It was good to have a bit of a break. The kids fell asleep early. Tomorrow, we are back to trying to set up our life here…
This morning, we went to get the car so we could turn in the giant van we used to get all our luggage from Frankfort to Aachen. It wasn’t where Rob left it, which in daylight you could see was a no parking zone. The sign was covered by a bush and the curb wasn’t painted, but the links of the adjacent fence were red and white, which means no parking. So we walked to the local car rental office, who knew immediately where it was and gave us a ride there. However, after we got back with the van, it took a long time to check the van back in and get out combi (station wagon) for reasons don’t completely understand. That took all morning. Luckily, this car fits in the parking included with this apartment, unlike yesterday’s van.
In the afternoon, we checked out 3 apartments, in very different parts of the city, which had a wide range of pluses and minuses. We had lunch out at a kebab place, which I’m going to enjoy having close by. With all the morning excitement, we did not get to a German bank to open an account today. Tomorrow is a holiday (Corpus Christi), so we will try again on Friday for both the bank account and looking at more apartments. Things are mostly closed in Germany tomorrow, so I picked up a few extra groceries this evening.
As I write this, I am about to board the plane to Germany. We plan to stay for 2-3 years. We spent the last 5 days packing up the house, working from sunrise to sunset most days. It was grueling, and at times, I didn’t think we would make it, but we did. We finished the house at 11:53 p.m. last night. This morning we slept in a bit, had waffles for breakfast, and finished packing up our suitcases. We even had a little time to relax. Spencer, Dave, and I went to Skate City for an hour or so while Meg, Clare, and Ellen packed a bit more and relaxed. Then we went out to Tequilenos for our last meal in Colorado for quite some time.
Thanks to all the people who have helped us prepare for this epic journey, especially Clare’s parents Dave and Ellen and Clare’s friends Sarah and Liz. I don’t know if we could have done it otherwise.
We each brought 1 big suitcase, 1 sportman’s trunk, a carry-on suitcase, and a backpack. We filled up a 10×10 shed at Dave and Ellen’s, and a 9×11 climate controlled storage unit. Talk about downsizing.
Spencer has been playing alto saxophone for 19 weeks now. Yesterday he performed at an open Mic night at our church. He played ain’t misbehavin and fly me to the moon. He sounded great. Take a listen for yourself.