Thursday, January 29, 2015


Walking became such a central part of my life while in Germany, and since moving back to the states, I've been a little lost without the ability to get around on foot. Like really in a fog. I can "go for a walk," but there's something about walking out of necessity, or as a means of running errands. It's useful, but also affords an opportunity to look around, and really be a part of your surroundings. I relish the opportunity to notice the details around me, and let's not forget the endorphins. We walked the 2 miles to the library this morning, and the only thing that could have made it better would have been the ability to stop at the grocery on the way home. Nevertheless, it was life-giving to be able to walk, and use my own two feet again. 

One sweet moment was when Seb looked over and said, "Hey, Mommy! Look it's like in Germany!" He was pointing through a wrought iron fence at an open courtyard. It looked just like a Bier Garten courtyard, flanked with two buildings. On the way home we saw the sign for the now-closed restaurant and... Beer Garden. Good eye kid. 

Thanks, January sunshine, for warming us and illuminating the hidden beauty of this little city, and making us feel a wee bit more at home.

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