So, here it is, my first blog post. We have been here in Germany for five weeks. So I have been a little slow on getting this thing started. So much has happened during this first month, where to start?
We arrived without issue. Dirk and Cheyenne came in the middle of July, they were Team Start up.(They arrived to Germany first, and set up the new living space. They also made sure we had Wi-Fi on our arrival!). Sierra and I arrived on August 1st, we were team Clean up. (This job sucked rocks! We had to clean up the apartment that we had been living in for 4.5 years. It is amazing how much junk a person can accumulate in such a short time! And clearly, I never dusted the entire time we lived there. A big thanks to my cousin, Lisa for stepping in and finishing the clean up. I would have been lost without her!). Neither team really won any awards for efficiency, but we are here, so that’s all that counts.
We are living in an apartment for the first time since I was 18, and the first time ever for my daughters. It has been an adjustment to say the least, there are 4 flights of stairs…4!!!. I break into a sweat by the 3rd floor every time. On a positive note, Dirk and Sierra have both lost close to 20 lbs, and Cheyenne and I are at the 10lb mark. The stairs still suck, but I have to get back to the apartment somehow after going to the bakery for breakfast goodies each and every day!
The language barrier is an issue. Many people here do speak quite a bit of English, but learning the language is still a big priority for us. We started German language school this week and have 2 classes under our belts. We can now introduce ourselves, say where we are from and announce that we speak English. (Like that isn’t more than obvious!). We have picked up a few other phrases that help us get around, but we have A LOT to learn.
The most exciting news is that we have found a location for our new tattoo shop! Art of the Needle will be located in Brühl, Germany. It should be up and running by the end of September.