Today was the first day of school in Nordrhein-Westfalen. The kids were nervous, but excited. On the way to school I told the kids how proud I am of them for being brave in a new country, and Meg said that she really likes life here, because she learned to ride a bike and the ice cream is so great and cheap.
On Monday we got the news that the kids got accepted into the after school program, which should be great for everyone, even though the kids were initially not very excited. They will get help with their homework, and have more time to play with other kids and practice speaking German.
Tonight we took Dave to a typical German restaurant – a Dönerimbiss. Döner is actually Turkish, similar to gyros, but there are a lot of Turks in Germany and so they have gotten quite popular. Clare and I stumbled upon this place near the University in Aachen called Adam’s Grill, which is very small, but has really great food. Spencer had schnitzel, Meg ate Spencer’s fries, Clare and Dave had döner, and I had falafel. At Adam’s he loads them up with all sorts of yummy salads and spreads, like red cabbage and baba ghanoush. As you can see, they were quite huge.
Tonight we went to see a local soccer game. The Aachen team used to be in the 2nd league, and briefly in the first. Now they are in the fourth. That means it is relatively affordable. The fans were impressively loud and relentless.
This past weekend Meg finally learned to ride a bike!! We are very proud of her. Just a week ago I had to force her to practice just for a few minutes, and now she is riding around town with Spencer and Grandpa. Here are a couple videos showcasing her rapid improvement.
This week the Würselen city soccer championship is going on. The games are at the field just a few minutes walk from our house. Tonight Spencer and I watched one of the quarter final games. It was quite nice. Only 3 euro admission, and beer for one euro. We might be able to catch the finale on Sunday. Our team is currently leading.
This week, Meg is in an outdoorsy camp about building shelter in trees and hiking around Würselen. Spencer is in a soccer camp. We went out for ice cream as a family on Monday to celebrate the kids growing independence. This week was the first time they went to separate camps, and they both are doing quite well.
What’s better than breakfast in bed? Breakfast at the table, prepared by your children. This morning the kids woke up before us and asked to watch tv on their phones, and we told them not until 11, so instead Spencer set the table and made coffee, while Meg walked 5 minutes time the bakery and bought fresh rolls, while Clare and I enjoyed a few extra minutes of sleep. (This was ritually their idea). I wrote down for Meg what we wanted. She told the woman at the bakery in German. It seems she couldn’t quite understand her, so Meg showed her the list, and she got everything correct.
This summer has been like a roller coaster for all, full of highs and lows almost every day. Meg specially misses home, but I told her tonight how proud I am of her, and how there is no way that she could have bought rolls for the family in the USA, for many reasons.
Also, I have been teaching the kids how to properly pour wheat beer, an important thing to know ( Clare and I are the ones who drink it).