-my blogging has been subpar and I have a few things drafted but blogging from a phone is too hard
+on August 11th, Zach and I will celebrate two years of marriage and wifi installation
+we are headed to Lake Como next week for four days and I can’t wait (I have yet to wear a bathing suit this summer)
-my German class is so hard and I want to quit but I won’t. I couldn’t make up a better list of characters in this class.
+I have my first friend date on Thursday and a list of questions to subtly ask her
+for those concerned, we now have lights in all rooms, ikea closets, a washing machine that takes 4 hours to wash, and sufficient converters. The fridge is still child size and my apartment is still 75 steps up
We are still without internet so my computer time is limited to my morning coffee hour but I wanted to document this weekend because it was quite amazing.
Friday night was a mix of IKEA hell, hamburgers, and pure exhaustion but Saturday morning we picked up a rental car and drove two hours to Braunschweig. Annette’s family is from there and since her mom (Zach’s Oma) passed away last year she has been wanting to get back to see her aunts and cousins. The entire family could not have been more welcoming! While I simply nodded, smiled, and laughed when deemed appropriate, they made me feel so comfortable.
The house that Annette’s aunt lives in was build by her grandfather and was bombed during the war—it has some pretty good bones. On Saturday night we went to this large outdoor entertaining garden that her other aunt maintains and had a BBQ with bratwurst and drinks called ‘Hugos.’ We stayed up late listening to stories and laughing.
Sunday morning we all had a big breakfast and then hit the road back to Hamburg. It had been 30 years since Annette visited and I have a feeling that now she will be back often.