I returned to Germany a week ago, and Don came after all — for my birthday a few days ago.
We’ve been busy with making decisions, laying my dad to rest, but also enjoying the unexpectedly nice summer weather and time with family and friends.
I have been so busy with everything that I haven’t tweeted or blogged much, but here are a few impressions of my time in Germany:
Too bad I don’t like lobster…
I got to fly back to Germany in style because I used my miles and they only had business class seats available. Almost all of my miles are gone — 100,000 — but the flight only cost me $125. Can’t beat that.
And I really traveled in style: since Don was at the beach house in Cape May with Landon and part of the Bleasdale Clan, I had a driver pick me up.
And let me tell you, flying business class in KLM is amazing. This is how rich people get to travel:
Can you see the windmill park? Nowadays, wind energy is being made everywhere in Germany — and Germany is the leader in solar energy, even in the rainy North Germany weather.
The stadium for the local soccer stars, Werder Bremen — the Weser Stadion — has recently been turned into a solar energy–generating station with 200,000 photovoltaic cells. The stadium produces enough electricity to run 300 households.
My birthday I celebrated with Don, my mom, brother and his fiance, aunt and cousin at Cafe Ambiente, overlooking the Weser.
My brother sells antiques and goes to flea markets to find them. I hadn’t been to a German flea market in years — and I was very successful. I found an old picture and antique, hand-painted coffeepot for just 14 Euros. Both are total steals.
I promised I would bring back some Playmobil figurines for L, and I found plenty, plus a couple of Playmobil sharks I can’t wait to give to him. He loves sharks.
He’s been such a brave little man with Don and me gone. So far he hasn’t even asked for us — he is enjoying his time with Grandma, aunts, uncles, and many cousins.
In the afternoon my three oldest girlfriends, who were my bridesmaids when we got married at Lyndhust Castle in New York, came to celebrate my birthday. It’s been years that we’ve all been together.