Wow, what a summer! It has been a busy one. My first adventure was flying home to met my nephew. Thomas Paul was born June 8. Let me just say I am head over heels in love with this little man. I was able to spend three weeks watching him grow and spending time with my sister and mom.
When I touched down here in Germany, my next adventure started which was preparing for another move. Mario will be retiring from the Army after 20 years of service. I am so proud of him! He got a job here in Stuttgart, so we will be staying for a few years. Mario and I were able to find a great place which accepted the pups, has lots of space, a yard and close to walking trails. Lucky for me, a moving company pack and moved our things to the new place. Since we are staying we had to secure a new property manager and new tenants for our Colorado home. The pups did really well with the movers and the move.
Our new place is a row house, so pretty much like townhouse. There are four units and we are on the corner. We have 5 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. We have lots of room for company, so who is heading over to visit? It has a basement and 3 floors. Here is Germany they love their spiral staircases. We have 3 sets of them. A friend of mine calls them the tunnels of death, which is funny. Trooper wasn't a fan in the beginning but after some practice using treats of course, he can now conquer them.
Our place offers 3 parking spot (which is a luxury here) and a garage. We have roses brushes and a walkway on the side of the house which connects to the backyard. As you walk in we have a nice entrance hall which has a bathroom and the only closet in the whole house. The first floor has a new kitchen, dinning room, living room and entrance to the back yard. You also have the choice to go upstairs or downstairs. Downstairs we have a hobby room for storage, pantry and utility room which give access to the oil room. We get a heat and warm water from oil, which is stored in 2 massive containers which will have to refill.
The second floor has 3 rooms and a bathroom. Two of the rooms we are using as offices and they open to a shared balcony. The top floor has a bathroom and 2 bedrooms, which is where the master is. The top floor is like the attic with slanted ceiling and has been SUPER hot with all this summer heat.
My third adventure was adjusting to life in a German village and the language barrier. I am taking a German language class and slowly learning phrases and able to read German words. Fourth adventure is learning how to separate your trash/recycle. We have 4 different cans. We have the green can which is bio, so pretty much your shrubbery and food waste. Then the orange is plastics, blue is paper and then finally the black which is the restmull or trash. There is a neighbor glass and metal can drop off areas. The trash/recycle comes anywhere from every 2 weeks to once a month, so you must follow the schedule.
The biggest perks is having walking trails within seconds from our front door. Also the quiet the neighborhood provides is priceless. After living in an apartment building for the past 3 years, I have missed the quiet. We have learned that we are on the landing route for the planes on their way to the airport. So we have numerous planes flying overhead anywhere from 6am to midnight, definitely getting use to that. The dogs are adjusting to their new area. They are loving their yard and all the smells the trails provide. Most mornings we have the trails to ourselves, which is how I like it. Our village which is called Holzgerlingen which symbols is the owl and crow. We are close to the entrance to numerous walking and bike trails and close to public transportation.
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