As I’m procrastinating washing and packing more bedding, curtains and garage items, I’m getting sentimental about our life here in Germany. With the exception of ten months in the US in 1999/2000, we’ve lived in Germany for the past 12 years. In the past four years we’ve been lucky enough NOT to live on the military base, and we’ve almost gone native. The first time we left (after a little more than three years) it was like the end of a particularly good vacation. This time it’s like leaving home. And we really don’t know if we’ll ever have the opportunity to come back (at least for more than just a two week vacation). I’m taking a bit of Germany with me to Hawaii though — my German-born kids, a second language, our Kuckoo clock and flea market finds, and of course connections with all the friends we’ve made over the years.
So, in addition to seasonal fests for anything and everything, the awesome tilty windows, and the Autobahn, here’s a few more things I’m going to miss:
The kids walking to school with their friends/neighbors. They’ll most likely do this in Hawaii too, but it will take time.
This is where they walk to. Quaint, no?
The gondola system to transport raw materials from the quarry to the cement factory in our town. I have the urge to whistle “hi ho, hi ho” whenever we walk near these.
Late afternoon sunlight in our bedroom.
Our not-too-big-not-too-small kitchen.
The ability to turn lights on and off with my elbow. Picture a laundry basket on my left hip and you’ll understand the beauty of this (see the top photo here for what it actually looks like without an elbow in front of it). I used to think they were clunky and ugly; now I don’t know how I’ll live without them.