A look at fakebook tells only part of the story of the first 3 weeks of the kids summer vacation. Here’s the heavenly part of living in gorgeous Munich, so close to Italy and German lakes framed by the Alps: Thanks to dear friends in Italy and my lovely cousin and her boyfriend we had many fun, memorable days in remarkable spots. But then there’s … Continue reading Summer vacation: heaven and hell
Mentally ill teens, disgruntled immigrants, a murderous lover. Tragedies dominate the headlines in a usually violence-free Germany. Combine what’s happening in Europe and the Middle East with upcoming elections and a racial crisis in the US and the world seems a mess. It seems like people are more violent, like things are more helpless recently. Sadly violence has been a major feature of the … Continue reading World on Fire
It’s a common phenomenon for us that when we are living overseas the days seem twice as long. Things that happened last weekend seem like last month. Because of that it often seems like we have been in a place much longer than we have. Here in Munich, the kids adjustment seems impossibly long. Nik in particular is mopey, negative, pre-teenish. Nadya loses her mind … Continue reading Long week or was it?
While the kids and I still have 3 more weeks of school (I take German 9-12 every day) the summer weather has finally arrived after a prolonged spring. We went to beautiful Chimesee (largest lake in Bavaria) on Sunday and it was magical. Can’t wait to go back. Meanwhile kids have non stop end of year fun that’s keeping me on my toes – 5 … Continue reading Summer is here
We are 2 months into being here. Kids have been in school for just over a month. Drop offs are tear-free. The kids and I walk to school and at 7:45 they walk through the doors together. I jump on my bike and ride 20 minutes to my German class – three hours a day for ME! I hustle back through busy streets and the … Continue reading Ups and downs
I had a break from 24-7 kids thanks to a very welcome visit from the kids’ Aunt (Tetya) Anja. They were so surprised — Nadya’s reaction was amazing. They were so thrilled to have her visit and had a blast together. I happily handed over my mom and hausfrau duties. For three days I caught up on work and rode my bike around the city, … Continue reading Relief