Sunday, February 26, 2012

Week of Jan 20th

Ryan had a no school holiday week for Carnival, so we had lots of time to play.  There are a couple of North American and International mom's club here, so I decided to take the kids to a North American mom's club play group on Tuesday.  Everyone is very nice and helpful to try and navigate everything here.  There is one mom from Seattle - small world!

We also bought a bike this week, which I've been itching to do, but the weather hasn't been great to be able to use it.  Everyone bikes here, which I think is going to be so fun and a change of pace from home.  And the plus is that's it's so flat that it makes it really easy to ride!  There was one bike left at the house that Troy is going to use until he finds something he likes.  We also got a seat for the back of the bike, for one of the kids to ride in, since the trailer is pretty snug with both of them sitting in it now.  On Saturday we biked to the big farmer's market and bought lots of produce.  Ryan has a blast on the bike, Abby not so much.  She just hates the helmet, so she's just mad about it.  But, she's getting more used to it and every time settles down a little faster.

Today we got up and out of the house early and headed to Dusseldorf and Cologne, Germany for the day.  Amazing again how close everything is.  Dusseldorf is about 1.5 hours from here and Cologne is another 30 minutes from Dusseldorf.  I was so excited Dusseldorf had a Starbucks!  We really wanted to go to Cologne, so didn't stop for very long in Dusseldorf.  People drive incredibly fast on the highway here.  We were going about 80 or faster and people were flying by us.  Cologne is actually pronounced and spelled Koln here, so no one really knows what city you are talking about if you call it Cologne.  Amazing churches here.  We ate at a German pub and walked around for a bit before the kids got too tired.  This will be a city we'll come back to in the spring when a lot of the castles along the Rhine river open.  I have heard it's amazing to take a boat cruise on.  Another beautiful city to spend more time in!  I forgot the camera, so we only got a few pictures from the phone.
Ryan just about as excited as I was for Starbucks :)

The big beautiful cathedral

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