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Walking to the grocery store

9/6/13:  I decided to walk to the neighboring town of Echterdingen since there is a dedicated bike path leading to it from our village.  The chance of getting lost would be minimal; I simply have to get to the main road and then walk along the bike path next to the main road.  As long as I don’t veer down too many side streets once in Echterdingen, I should be able to find my way home.  Easy!  I set out armed with my grocery bag to pick up a few items; the key would be not to purchase more than I can carry!  It was 2km to Echterdingen and the Rewe (grocery store) was farther into the town, not on the edge.  I browsed the grocery store and bought produce, then walked home.  The entire trip was about 2 hours in length; it is really cool that things are relatively close and walking is a possible mode of transportation.

Later I learned that I likely made a faux pas in purchasing my produce.  Some grocery stores have a scale in the produce section.  The customer is to weigh the produce and slap a sticker  that the scale prints out with the weight and price onto the produce.  This speeds up checkout because the cashier doesn’t need to weigh each item.  Well, this Rewe had a scale but I wasn’t aware enough to pay attention to other patrons using it.  When I was checking out, the cashier asked me something, but I didn’t understand what she said and I didn’t have the mental energy to try to translate.  So I made a noncommittal grunt.  In retrospect, that probably told her everything she needed to know:  I am a clueless foreigner.  In the dictionary, a foreigner is also called an alien!  I am not going there…

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9/2/13:  Who really sleeps well the night before they have to get up early to begin a trip?  I was out of bed at 4:00 a.m. in order to catch the 5:00 a.m. shuttle bus from my hotel to the Denver International Airport.  I flew from Denver to Boston to Frankfurt to Stuttgart, arriving in Stuttgart at 9:00 a.m. local time on September 3rd.  Since Stuttgart is 8 hours ahead of Colorado, I had only been on my feet and travelling for 21 hours; it could have been worse…  Jason picked me up and took me to our fully-furnished temporary home; we are here for 60 days until we get into our permanent house and take delivery of our household goods.  No time for a shower but I did get to brush my teeth!  Ahh, I almost feel human again.  I need to remember to keep a toothbrush and toothpaste in my purse when I travel.

Supposedly, trying to stay awake until bedtime on that first day helps with adjusting more quickly to the new time zone.  So it was a day of errand running including getting an ID card for me so I can actually get on base – gotta love that sleep deprived photo!  After a couple of hours, I found myself dozing off each time I sat down.

9/3/13:  Day 2.  Even though I felt like I slept fine last night, Germany, Leinfelden-EchterdingenI still felt like I was in a fog this morning.  Is it the jet lag?  Is it the new surroundings of a different country?  My dear husband suggested I get out and walk around our village, Stetten, but his parting remark was, “Don’t get lost!”  It would be easy to do since everything is unfamiliar!  The roads are windy and all the houses look similarly unusual.  

Germany, Leinfelden-Echterdingen

Stetten

I have no cell phone (that works in Europe) and I don’t know any important or meaningful phone numbers anyway.  I really could get lost!  Therefore, when I met Natalie at her bus stop this afternoon, I felt as if I had truly accomplished something in not getting lost!