It’s amazing how quickly things can go from boring to overwhelming. We went from sitting a hotel room watching five reruns of Sophia the First every day to crazed panic as we tried to make all of the house showings we had booked. Not only did I create a jam packed schedule yesterday, but I also don’t know German geography yet, so we were driving from Ohmbach to Eckenbach and back again. Thank goodness for the modern technology of GPS units. Jon and I remarked so many times yesterday that we didn’t know how people managed in a foreign country before them!
Thankfully getting lost wasn’t an issue yesterday. The tiny roads, constantly changing speed limits and accelerator happy Germans, now those are what made the day interesting. Only in Germany will you find a road wide enough for one car, with two cars on it going opposite directions, at 100 km an hour. We probably looked like complete tourists as we slowed down and pulled over to the side as they whizzed by.
After about 12 hours of driving and looking at houses, we have definitely gotten to see more of the German countryside. It’s so different here how there are small compact villages, and then five km of nothing, followed by another village. Right now after driving through them all one after the other, they’ve all melded together in to one beautifully quaint, architectural mess. Each village and house is unique, but after awhile, they’re all exactly the same.
The country is lovely, rolling hills and patches of forest everywhere. Depending on your elevation, you can see castles and church steeples rising out of the valleys below or settled high on the hills above. There are fields of blumen (flowers) everywhere, some are cultivated, like the mustard yellow rape seed that is used to make canola oil, but there are also tulips in abundance and in a few more weeks road side stands to pick bouquets of them will spring up, I hear.
Apart from the glorious country, we’ve also seen about ten houses in varying states between perfect and peculiar. Here are some of the most obvious rejects from our house hunting tour. I’ll tell the story of our two favorite houses tomorrow. Gray and I haven’t been feeling our best, I think we both have a touch of the “travelers tummy” just from eating new foods and drinking new water. So, more to come when I’m feeling a bit better and hopefully our housing situation will be settled by then. Enjoy the quirkiness. 🙂