Here I am, first day online. Now, where to start….
Let’s start with a major fact about my life at present time. I’m an American currently living in Germany. We moved here in August of 2017 so it’s not quite been a full year yet. We have yet to live here through the summer months, which is ever so quietly beginning to sneak up on us. I happen to be very concerned with how June and July are going to pan out here simply due to the fact that we have no air conditioning. I know some people in the U.S. can live quite fine with no air conditioning. As a matter of fact, I think up in Maine, there’s not really a need for air conditioning at all. Well, I didn’t move here from Maine. I moved here from, hot as hell, Florida and I relied on air conditioning every single second of the two years that I lived there.
Being an army brat, I’ve lived in a ton of places. To give you an idea, I went to three different high schools in three different states. I can’t even count how many elementary schools I attended. All mostly in Texas but I did some “time” in North Carolina as well. My brother, who is two years younger than I am, was born in Heidelburg, Germany. I don’t even remember ever living there but I have photos from my childhood to prove it. I was born in Columbia, South Carolina and I have no recollection of that place either (one day I’d love to go back for a tour). Anyway, point is, I’ve lived in many different states and all these places provided me with the amazing luxury of air conditioning.
Now I know summers here won’t be as crazy as Florida is (year round) but regardless, it still gets pretty hot here. I’ve heard it can get well up into the 90’s sometimes. I’m really hoping it doesn’t get up into the 100’s because that’s what we dealt with in Florida (but we had a/c and hid inside the house most days). So yeah, no air conditioning. Apparently, in Germany, we don’t need it. I beg to differ. We’re already in May and we’ve had maybe two really warm days, and I have to say, I didn’t like it much. The weather is still cool enough in the evenings right now so we only have to slightly suffer for a few short hours during the afternoon. Anyway, I guess we will see what happens within the next few weeks once summer starts creeping in.
So, what do I love about Germany? Everything else! We live pretty close to downtown so we are able to walk down into the city from our apartment. That fact alone has been pretty incredible. Not only does the city offer a variety of restaurants and shops to visit, but they also hold a few fests and Christmas markets as well.
I’m sure I’m going to write many posts that discuss my experiences here in Germany. I have a lot to say about shopping, driving, grocery stores, and even the amazing travel opportunities … but I’ll save those for another day.
Below are just a few photos I’ve taken downtown since we’ve been here.