Tuesday, June 23, 2009

One Year

One year ago today, Simon and I set off for our adventure in Germany. At that time I was 6 months pregnant with Auburn. We sold all of our furniture and stored the rest of our belongings at my parents house (thanks again). We traded in our cell phones for a webcam, and our cars for a bike and a subway pass. Instead of living in the suburbs, we live on the fourth story of an apartment building. When the weather allows for our windows to be open, we fall asleep to the aromas of garlic bread and pizza drifting from the pizza place below us.

Everyday we have had new experiences. I remember how intimidated I was of going to the grocery store at first. Now, I can communicate with the dry cleaner (who doesn't speak of word of English) to find my husband's lost pants or give directions to someone. I know that these are little things, but I consider them to be small victories. We have both accepted callings in our German ward, even though our language skills are lacking. These callings are stretching us, but I am grateful for the challenge.

We feel so blessed to be having this experience. We really enjoy our life here. Simon enjoys his work. We have made some wonderful friends. We are getting to travel and see places that we have only dreamed about. We are getting to know a new people, culture and language. And we get to share this experience with our daughter. We are grateful for all of the support!



Our first view of Germany from the plane


Right before we took off

Friday, June 19, 2009

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Frankfurt

The Frankfurt temple
It was so uplifting, refreshing, and peaceful

This is the "old town" of Frankfurt. It isn't very big, just a couple squares of charming buildings.


This is the old city hall. The main cathedral also had this red finish on it.



This is the last day of games for the Bundesliga. Frankfurt lost 3-2 to Hamburg.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Rothenburg

We stopped in Rothenburg on our way to Frankfurt. It is such a nice medieval city. It isn't very big, but is very charming. It has Christmas stores open all year round and even a Christmas museum.

We walked on the city walls that surround the city.



I felt like we were on a movie set. It is just so picturesque.


This is the rathaus (city hall) and the main square of the city.


Auburn loving every minute of our trip!



The biggest nutcracker I have ever seen. This is outside of the Christmas musuem.



We found a teddy bear store, and Auby loved looking at the bears.