I know I am late, but Happy New Year to all of you!
A year ago, we lived in a beautiful apartment in a rather rough area of Berlin and tried (and failed) to ignore the aircraft noise coming from the nearby inner city airport. The husband started a new job. I missed Vienna a lot and tried hard to like Berlin. I took one half of a photography course and then stopped because I couldn´t stand the pictures of teddy bears the other participants were taking. We went to the coast for our wedding anniversary. We had lots and lots of snow and then finally spring arrived. I ran a lot in the mornings. We seriously considered moving away from Berlin and started brainstorming where we should go. We still started viewing houses in the country around Berlin and became kind of obsessed with it. My ex-boss left the company and I stepped in. I worked a lot over the summer. We tried to enjoy our garden but there was this freaking noise. We fell in love with a house and a village. I went to England with my mom and had to leave after 3 days because of work. We put an offer in for the house and it was not accepted. Our creative real estate agent made it happen nevertheless. We found a bank which was willing to finance the house but only under certain circumstances. They sent an inspector to view the house while I went to Portugal for work where I had sleepless nights. We got the OK from the bank eventually. We signed the contract without really understanding it. We camped in the house on the weekends and got to work. We got to know our new neighbours and loved them except the one yelling at me for picking up an apple from his allotment. We moved on the hottest day of the year. On the same evening, the worst thunderstorm of the year hit the village. We stayed anyway. We swam in lakes and cycled the back roads. We had lots of trouble getting rid of our old apartment and lost a lot of money. We got used to the commute and learned how to sleep, eat and work on trains. We went on a holiday when all we wanted was to stay home and work on the house. We had houssitters and it didn´t really work out. We flew home early. Things at my work took a turn for the worse. We worked on the house a lot and at some point it started to feel like home. We started to get regular visits from a stray cat in the house which freaked Marlene and Lulu out big time. We celebrated our first christmas in our new home. When the new year arrived, we stood in front of the village church, bells chiming, and kissed.
2011 was a busy, weird, exciting, exhausting, wonderful year.