In two weeks time we stayed the night in 8 different places, road-tripped over 2,600 miles through 7 states, listened to 1 1/2 books on C.D., and took a 7 hr. 14 minute flight over the Atlantic Ocean to Germany. Needless to say, we were exhausted by the time we arrived.
Looking back over that whirlwind of a trip, it went surprisingly very smooth without any major hiccups. That is, if you don’t count my everlasting head-cold, forgotten car-seat (accidentally left in our car to be shipped), toddler panic/melt-down in the air terminal and airplane, and a bout of altitude sickness for both Brent and I while flying…it actually went very well!
We’ve been spoiled as travelers already, and are being slowly introduced to the culture here. The air base has all the amenities and conveniences from the states (even using dollars to buy things instead of just Euros), and our temporary lodging is apartment style with the commissary grocery store within walking distance.
Brent has had a sponsor to help with in-processing to the post, and she has been going above and beyond to help us feel welcomed. On the 21st of December, she took us to a Christmas Market in Trier, Germany. There, I was able to practice the tiny bit of German that I do know (slightly embarrassing as I mixed up please and thank-you…), enjoy the warmth of the traditional Christmas Market Gluewhein (mulled wine), and soak up the overall ambience of twinkling lights, rich food, and the bustle of shoppers! I wish we could go to more of them, but most of the markets close by Christmas.
In our quest to find a home to live in, we have been spending hours driving around the surrounding area and villages. It is so picturesque here, and the villages seem quite peaceful. Most of them are similar to each other, with having a bakery or two, a church, townhouses lining the street, and all the neighbors out shoveling snow on the sidewalks. Driving during the snow fall has been wonderful as well, as if we were driving into the pictures on a calendar! Smoke coming out of the chimney-stacks, Christmas wreaths hanging on doors, candle-lights in the windows….ah.
As we end this year and go into the next, we will be making the transition into a new home…
We found a sweet little country village with a charming home that seems perfect for our family. It was the first one we looked at and we could not get it out of our minds all week. Hopefully, Lord willing, everything goes smoothly and we move in by January 14th! Our household goods still will not have arrived by then, unfortunately, but we will be given basic loaner furniture to use in the meantime.
Definitely looking forward to 2015!