Thursday, January 28, 2010

Its a tropical paradise

I woke up this morning, put on my legging under my sweats under my jeans. Put on my tank top under my long sleeved shirt under my short sleeved shirt under my sweater under my jacket. Put on my hat gloves and snow boots only to emerge in what can only be described as a tropical paradise. The sun was shining, birds were tweeting, and my eyelids didn't instantly freeze to my eyeballs. I was sure it must have been at least 50 degrees F, but I was wrong because it soon began to snow. It has been so cold that I thought that freezing temperatures were WARM!

It was warm enough that after meeting Stina for lunch, Ilya and I decided to explore the City of Magdeburg a bit before heading home. Navigating the stroller over piles of frozen snow was challenging, but I justified it by making it my arm workout for the day.

We walked around a really old looking church (I'll post pictures at some point, I promise) and an apartment building that was built by this really famous architect (the name is alluding me). It really was an incredible building - like something straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. The best part of the day was that I was able to navigate us all the way home without getting lost once! Its almost like I'm a local. Except I don't speak German. At all. And EVERYONE else does. All the time. I realized that I've never spent any length of time in a place where people didn't speak English to some extent. It's a fascinating experience that I think everyone should enjoy at least once in their lives.

We sent in our rental application today so hopefully we'll have our own space soon and be able to give Brendan and Stina their room back.

Ilya is throwing crayons on the floor and saying, "Ilya made a mess." I need to go deal with this. Pictures to follow.

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