As discussed, we are going to update this webblog occasionally for our friends and families who still live in Menlo Park and the Bay area . 😉
Our move back to Germany went smoothly. The flight was on the last Wednesday in September and some of our friends – Pati & Stan with kids, Daria with Nico – got us to the airport of SF; this time only with two bike boxes and our regular luggage All of us turned very sad when we had to leave. It was such a great time in Menlo Park! We again would like to thank all of you, who enjoyed the time with us and who helped us during the last two years! And we will come back for sure!!!
The overnight flight to Frankfurt was OK, although none of us could really sleep. We were picked up by some friends and family (many thanks for that, Kai!) and arrived at Inge’s parents home to stay for a few days. As I had to start with my new job at October 2nd, we picked up all our stored household in Karlsruhe with a 7,5t rental truck – fortunately we are so old that we are still allowed to drive such a truck by ourselves. With the help of some friends, all that only took a few hours. Sunday, October 1st, was the big day when we moved from Lustadt (close to Karlsruhe) to our new home in Siegen. Compared to the truck, which we used for our move to the US, that one didn’t have and exciting printing on it’s box. However, the kids enjoyed the journel to Siegen very much as they were allowed to join me for the drive. Inge and her parents took a car with a completely loaded trailer. To unload the truck and the trailer, I sent an email to the student association of the electrical engineering and IT department in advance to ask for helpers; 8 students came and it only took us a few hours including the installation of some furniture. Inge’s parents dealt with organizing food and fixing some essential electrical issues. At least the children’s rooms were ready that day. It was a great, sunny day – many thanks for the great arrival to all of you!
During the last few weeks, we bought a car, which is a Toyota Yaris (much smaller than our Sienna in Menlo Park), some furniture and of course a trampoline. Furthermore we decided to have a pet. That decision was the easiest and it only took us a few minutes. Now, Puck, our kitten lives with us… [Benjamin Butz]