Germany – one month later

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Life one month after our move to Germany is just as we dreamed it. It’s busy – no doubt. It’s exciting! It’s eventful!! And sooooo much fun! :-)) We are surrounded by family, we bumped into old friends AND we are making new ones. kids have successfullyfinished of the school year here in Germany after graduating their grades back in Texas in early June. Now they are officially on summer break – but not so fast. I signed them up for a two week camp just down the street from the house. We have been so fortunate to squeeze them in for two weeks on such last minute notice. Kids get to hang out with other kids, half of which speak english! Some have american, others british and one little girl has an australian parent. Kids felt at home from day one. They have even gone on a field trip together! Best of all the facility is only a skip and a hop from home and next door to the Elementary school they will eventually go to once they’ve caught up on their German. Who knows once they’ve transferred hopefully in the fall I might sign them up for after school care here. It’ll be great to keep speaking German and play with friends. Afterall, school is only until 11:30 am for Seda and 12:30 for Isaiah.

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Once all camps are done we still have three more weeks of vacation. Kids and I have been brainstorming what we’d like to do and see in our new hood… Top of the list is a little one day cruise with a beautiful ship we see almost everyday. There is also a day trip to one of the island in the North Sea… Then there is the beautiful city of Hamburg, of course the capital city of Berlin. In Hamburg we would visit our dear friends Christiane & Torsten, in Berlin my Hala (aunt) and cousins and of course the famous sites…

This weekend we have already visited the beach in Laboe.

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We took the almost hour long bus ride there and a relaxing boatride back. Now the kids have had a chance to swim in the Pacific, the atlantic, the mediterrean, and the Baltic Sea. Maybe by thee d of the summer we’ll be able to add the North Sea to it. It’s been 28 or so yeRs since I went to the island of Amrum in the north sea on a school trip.  It was such a unique experience. I would love to experience that with the kids soon.

As far as the new apartment is concerned we have been spending time and money at Ikea – of course! Lots of bare wooden floors and white walls needed attention…

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Some measurements were taken by two – I mean ONE guy! :-)) I don’t blame the guy though… There are some ladies sun bathing at the park across the street. So Germany!

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A couple of gifts & multiple Ikea trips later…we ended up with white sofas And multiple yards of fabric that I am going to turn into curtains -ahem – at least I’ll give it a shot. I have my Hala (aunt) as a back up!! 🙂

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The curtain rods alone will take up to three weeks to install. So will the floors in Isaiah’s room. Even a basic wireless internet can take up to three weeks to hook up here in the land of steep salaries and long summer vacations… Oh well, I waited this long. A few extra weeks won’t make a difference now.

In the meantime we have lots of sightseeing to do. With the Fjord in our backyard we are not getting board at all.

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Oh and then we missed this:

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My hubby’s birthday :-(( the kids made these wood tiles at this cute fish restaurant called Fishbar. We are planning on taking him there in a few weeks when he comes to visit and see for himself how beautiful and colorful life is for us here in Kiel.

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Until then hang in there my love,

Yasemin

P.S. All the waiting gave me an opportunity to try out the antique sewing machine my aunt gifted me.

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