A month ago, we switched channels and returned to our lives in Freiburg. Andreas has a research project with the forestry institute here in Freiburg, and this means that we will be spending our summers here (May to August) for the next few years. Although it is a bit unusual to move back and forth between two countries, the transition becomes easier the more we do it. Kai attends the same school with the same kids, and we know Freiburg well enough that it doesn’t take us too long to settle in. (Although it did take me a while to find the ever-so-important Star Wars trading cards that every boy in Kai’s class has…) Once the jet lag disappears, it feels like we have never left.
Our daily lives are fairly simple here: Andreas goes to work at the forestry institute every day. He has several students who are also travelling back and forth between Edmonton and Freiburg so there is plenty of work for him here. I stay at home where I am working on my candidacy paper for my PhD, which is basically an extended dissertation proposal. I hope to have this finished by then end of the summer. Kai goes to school here and this year we are living very close to the school, only about 10 minutes away. In other words, life as normal during the week.
The weekends, however, are a little more exciting here than in Edmonton.
This year, we celebrated Kai’s birthday with a sleepover with his American friends and a visit from Omi. Christiane had never been to Konstanz (where I studied for a year in 1997-8), and we were happy to take our car for its first spin of the year. Such a lovely city. We are looking forward to getting back there in August as we have rented a holiday apartment there with my parents.
Andreas’ sister Conny and her husband Karsten visited us last week and we took them to the Hochburg. We have been here before (see here) so we knew it was a winning destination!
Yesterday (a statutory holiday), we hiked from the top of the Schauinsland mountain back to Freiburg with our American friends. The three boys, all under the age of 9, walked the full 15 km with very, very few complaints. I honestly think that I could not have walked farther myself. This means that the Adventure Couple can return to our pre-child crazy hiking days. Now we just have to get our pre-child bodies back!
Photos of all of these adventures below.