Today was the Herbstmarkt, or autumn market, that we have been preparing for all week.
As it turns out, it’s a huge deal! We didn’t realize this. Ingenried is such a small town, we just expected the local farmers selling some produce and dairy. No!
Where we are staying, there was a huge setup of drinks, cakes, and meals with lots of picnic tables. Across the street, there was all the produce and cheese we expected, as well as a huge number of booths selling a wide variety of handmade items. Even animals for sale! Some of the homemade items would have been lovely to buy for our apartment, but at this point we don’t know what we will need and need to save the money.
Also, this is what they were selling the cheese out of:
Instead, we ate a ton of cake and got a head start on stocking our pantry. We bought two jars of jam, a jar of honey, 3 kg of apples, 600 grams of cheese, and 12.5 kg of potatoes. All local and organic, and really well priced. We also got a cute little owl for 5€ to hang up. I wanted one of the deer to put on our balcony:
And in addition to all the food and homemade stuff, there was also music. A band was set up in the street, and there was even a kid (early teens) playing the accordion wearing Lederhosen. I once heard a German joke that no one in Germany wears Lederhosen…except the Bavarians. Well, they don’t wear it on a daily basis, but they sure do not shy away from Lederhosen and Dirndls.
And as I have alluded to earlier in this post, yes! We have an apartment! We signed the lease this afternoon. We also met two of our flatmates, who seem nice. One of them will only be there on the weekends, and the other is going to get us a washing machine and internet. As much as it would be nice to have our own place, I am very thankful to be living with Germans who understand what all needs to get done and how to do it.
Today we paid our deposit and tomorrow we move in. The place is still in the middle of a renovation: the stove isn’t hooked up and there won’t be a shower for at least a week or two. In fact, there was no toilet today! But it should be installed by tomorrow. Right now we are so far away from William’s school, that it is better to live in a half-finished apartment that is fairly close and will have an easy bus. And they gave us a discount on our September rent to make up for it not being finished.
There’s a lot to do and tomorrow will be really busy, but we are very excited to have a place to go! It’s a nice one, too. I can’t wait to share pictures.