Saturday, September 17, 2011


Now that we have had a few weekends here in Hannover, I am figuring out how they will be different here than back home. Here are a few reasons why:

Yard work - We don't have a yard. So there's none to do. It's not really good or bad because I don't mind digging in the dirt and raking a few million leaves. It's just different. I do miss a little being able to walk out the back door into our garden.

Groceries - There is no big weekly grocery shopping trip here for a few reasons. We don't have a car so I can only buy as much as I can carry. I'm not working Mon-Fri really so I can go to the store any day I like. And food here seems to come in smaller quantities, meaning I shop 3 or 4 times a week instead of once.

Laundry - Brian's big laundry Sunday has now been replaced by 2 or 3 laundry days per week. The washer is not very big and we can only dry 2 loads at a time on the drying rack. It has also gone from being Brian's job to my job, though he is better at folding than I am and helps with that sometimes.

Cleaning - It takes about half the time to clean our apartment as it did our house. Plus I can clean during the week if I want to - it doesn't need to take up half of Sunday.

Church - We found a church not far from our place, so that's easy. Understanding the Mass in German is a little harder. But since it's the same service in any language we have a general idea of what's going on and when to sit, stand, kneel, and repeat.

Newspapers - They have lots of them in German. We read the news online instead.

Bike rides - We haven't done too many, but now that I have a good route figured out and Brian's bike stopped its incessant squeaking we will probably ride more in the near future.

So that is the report for today. Schones Wochenende!

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Thanks for coming to my blog. It started as a way to keep in touch with family and friends, and now has become an ongoing project. I'm an American living in Germany and trying to travel whenever I can. I write about my experiences as an expatriate (the interesting ones and the embarrassing ones), and about my travels. There are some recurring characters in this blog, particularly my husband Brian and several of our friends. The title comes from the idea that living in a foreign country means making a lot of mistakes. So the things you used to do easily you now have to try over and over again. Hopefully, like me, you can laugh at how idiotic it feels. If you have happened upon my blog, then welcome. Knowing that people are reading what I write makes me keep going. Feel free to write comments or suggestions for future posts.