Monday, we signed the lease to our apartment! It’s a beautiful, light apartment. It’s small, a little over 600 sq ft, but it’s perfect for us. A small bedroom, a good-sized living room, a bathroom with a bathtub, and a good-sized kitchen. Only problem? It’s on the 5th floor with no elevator! We’re going to have great legs at the end of two years.
Of course, the other issue is that, well, it’s a German apartment. It’s empty. It doesn’t even have light fixtures or kitchen appliances. As a result, we ended up continuing to crash on that couch for another couple of nights. Monday we immediately bought a couple cheap mattresses (we had already picked up sheets at Aldi a few days before) and used appliances: a refrigerator, a stove, and a washing machine. We carried the mattresses back on the bus, and scheduled appliance delivery for later in the week.
I had the whole week off of school, and Herbert was in full-time kindergarten through Wednesday, so we had those three days free to try to get as much done as we could. Picking up little things that we need, scouting where to buy furniture and storage, registering with the city, etc. There are a number of second hand shops in town, which is a big help. We got our set of dishes from a little swap shop that is open twice a week – they asked 3 euros (and we decided to pay 5) for 6 plates, 3 bowls, 4 mugs, 4 glasses, a pot, a dish drain, and a couple other small things.
Thursday is German Reunification Day, so everything was closed. We didn’t do much, naturally, just caught up on work. Friday the appliances were delivered, so I did a HUGE grocery haul. Saturday, we bought an awesome piece of kitchen storage, pictures to come. It’s perfect for what we need.
In other news, we’re all sick. We all picked up colds. Surprisingly, from the people we stayed with, not Herbert’s kindergarten. This one is pretty mild, though. Herbert struggled with kindergarten this week, because he still doesn’t like nap time. He’d spend all morning saying he didn’t want to go, then reportedly have a great day. He even took a nap Tuesday and Wednesday! And by his second day off, he was asking to go back.
Wednesday was the first day of my German class. I signed up for the B1 level. I was a little nervous, because it has been 4 years since I took my A2 class. I have been reviewing and studying for the past year, but I haven’t practiced speaking or listening in a long time. As it turns out, this class is starting quite a bit below my current level. I’m feeling much more confident. I was also really excited to learn that the test at the end of the semester is to certify me at the B1 level. This is great news for my German goals.
Classes start for me on Monday, which is rather stressful. I’ll have a 9:30-5:30 schedule, 5 days of week, until December. I’m not sure when I’ll get any of the bureaucracy done – I’ll have to take off early or something for appointments that I have to be present for. At least William is available to do the bulk of the work – we’ve switched rolls this time.
All in all, this week has been another reminder of how much I hate moving. I’m not sure why I keep doing it.