I arrived here in Munich yesterday afternoon (Germany time), or at about 7:30am PST, just about 24 hours after I woke up. I can’t sleep on planes, but I wasn’t feeling that tired by the time I got here, because it was getting exciting and it was daylight – the hardest part was definitely the Reykjavik-Copenhagen leg, which was from about 2am-5am PST.
Anyway, I arrived, met the family, liked them all immediately, played with the kids, gave them their presents, eventually went to bed (~30 hours awake) and only slept for about four hours. On PST I’d just taken an afternoon nap. And I felt okay! For a while. But today was a long day. Let me sum up: Woke up about 2:30am (German time). Once everyone else was awake, at about 8, we ate breakfast and I went with N. (Mama) and the two littlest kids to (1) get my visa, (2) get my transportation card, (3) get my bank account. Thank goodness N. was there to translate everything for me and do the talking, because if my little-kid German is already improving, my bureaucratic German is nonexistent.
Then in the afternoon and evening it was just playtime, and I started to lag. Speaking of little-kid German — the words I’ve heard the most so far are “Felix!” and “Nicht so laut!” Felix is 3, and he is loud. It’s really funny to watch all the kids (ages 3, 6, 8, 10, and 12) interact, and while they are very good and well-behaved kids, I’m already learning where the fights are brewing… sibling instinct.
I’d thought I wouldn’t talk much about the kids on here, because it’s all public, but I’m starting to wonder how I’m going to talk about most of my time here without including them! I’ll have to figure something out. Today, for instance, two of the girls went with me to Scloss Blutenburg so they could get some more books at the Internationale Jugendbibliothek (a children’s library with collections in several different languages), which is housed in one part of the castle. They also hold different events, like markets, inside the bailey (the courtyard), too. By the time we went, the church was closed, but I’ll definitely be visiting again soon. Maybe by then I’ll have had time to look up the history of the castle and take some pictures for a longer post.
Anyway, here are some shots of Schloss Blutenburg, and then I have to collapse in a heap.
Schloss Blutenburg is about a ten minute bike-ride from the house. It includes a well-preserved chapel built in 1488. (That’s exactly 500 years before I was born, for those of you keeping count.) This is the church from the outside. I didn’t get a very good angle for the whole castle…
You go in through the gatehouse…
From inside the bailey.
The girls in front of the door to the church – closed just a bit before we got there. Yes, that is a Trader Joe’s bag! The family lived in America for about six months in 2009, and we’ve already had several conversations about Trader Joe’s.
Here’s one room in the Jugendbibliothek.
Okay… must… sleep…