Saturday, August 13, 2016

Two+ weeks in

Yup, still walking a lot.  But now we're mixing in a little more UBahn. I'm still racking an average of 15K steps a day.

More things are checked off. Internet is in the house, the children are happy. UAB arrived on Monday and we realized we have no hangers (none in the welcome kit either), but are so happy to have our awesome new pillows and familiar fuzzy blankets. The process is moving on our car purchase, we should hopefully get our HHE this coming week, as well as hear whether Nicholas will attend the base school.

Wednesday we successfully got our Consulate badges and submitted everything to get new Dip passports.

Thursday Jonathon and I made our way to his new school for a day long orientation, along with several other newcomers.  It certainly helps for that first time to go with others who are all varied in their knowledge of what we're doing and how transportation works.

Thursday Rebecca also began dogsitting a couple dogs on the compound. Each day she takes them for multiple walks and spends her overnights there as well.

Friday Jonathon made his own way to his school for an additional half day of orientation, and the girls and I returned to the Zeil to do some shopping. Props to C&A for being a pretty nice store, Katherine got a rain jacket for 40 Euro.

Ian wants me to buy one of these:

aka a Dirndl
Today Ian and I and the girls checked out the mall at Nordwestzentrum.  A nice enough place that is indoors yet feels outdoors because of the glass ceilings. And when the ceilings are opened up, people smoke everywhere "inside." Still no luck finding rain boots, but we scored a granny cart and two small fans (for the girls' rooms) from the Rewe there, and a bug zapper racket from the tech store.

This evening Ian and I trekked to a biergarten to meet up with the rest of his team. The Consulate is different, there's little cohesion within the building - just about everyone has their own office, hallways are vast and empty, much of the population is regional - so it's good for his team to get together for social time.

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