Monday, February 28, 2022
Monday, February 21, 2022
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Soon after school started, Clarissa was invited to two birthday parties (always a good thing when settling it). Only problem was we still didn't have our car and the parties were out in Wiesbaden (pronounced vees-baa-dn). We opted to take the U-Bahn train out there....should only take about an hour (what will be a 30 minute drive), but we missed one train and it ended up taking us 2.5 hours the first time (and of course the last stretch of track was closed for repair, so we had to get off on and then take a shuttle bus to the stop we were meant to disembark at)! Due to Richard having the job ticket (a special bus/train ticket for getting to work. On evenings and weekends, he can have one adult and 2 children ride with him), so using his ticket we both took her to the party. Then Richard and I wandered around passing time as it took so long to get out there it wouldn't be worth it to go home for 5 minutes and then head back.
The first party was at Kletterwald Neroberg - a treetop climbing forest/rope course.
Grabbed some photos before she saw me....lol. Clarissa had a blast and is ready to go back! So while waiting, Richard and I had a snack at a little cafe that was overlooking the city of Wiesbaden.
There was a monument for WW1.
There were a vineyard growing on the hillside.
We discovered the Nerobergbahn. It is a half-timbered railway that uses water to move trains up and down the incline. We were not sure of how long it took, so we opted to wait until another day to ride it.
We then wandered through the nearby forest we were in.
The following weekend, Clarissa had the second party. This one was in downtown Wiesbaden. So it was much easier to get too (but still had to take the shuttle to the last stop). After dropping her off at the party, Richard and I wandered around downtown. First thing we checked out was the Marktkirche (market church).
The Marktkirche is such a massive landmark, we can see it from the Wiesbaden Army Base. Marktkirche was built in 1284, obviously it had a few remodels over the years (big fire in 1850). The current gothic design was from that rebuild and finished in 1866.
In WW2, the church was struck in an air raid and suffered major damage, the buttress were hit and the ceiling to the main church had caved in. The organ was rebuilt.
Monday, February 14, 2022
Sunday, February 13, 2022
So we arrived in Frankfurt in August of 2021. It was still summer, so lots of blooming roses with bees on walks around our new neighborhood.
We've found several parks within walking distance that are good for a little mandatory fun.
Don't mind grumpy Richard.....and remember you're never too old for the treehouse slide!
Monday, February 7, 2022
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
The majority of our home leave 2021 was spent in Charleston, South Carolina....likely our last home leave there as we now have our own place in Florida. Looking forward to landing and everyone can come to us (as oppose to running around like we have the last 3 home leaves and R&Rs). We make the big flight over the pond, so a drive down to Orlando is not too bad.
We spent a lot of time running around to doctor's appointments (more than we had planned - someone got contacts, which involved a lot practicing, trying putting them in and out, etc). Based on the past two home leaves, it would not be HL if I didn't get something removed (luckily no cancer this time, just an annoying cyst that wouldn't resolve itself). We enjoyed plenty of time at our favorite restaurants as well. I was also still working remotely all HL (super fun to plan interviews at a reasonable hour in Qatar and not insanely early on the east coast).
Here is a picture of the cousins playing in their natural habitat (aka on electronics)....at least it appeared they were all playing the same game. After a relaxing Father's day brunch (that was on the only time we could get all the teens together...lol).
Given Frankfurt will be a lot colder the majority of the year and we won't have our own yard, we used up the rest of the water balloons we had leftover from Doha.
We took lots of walks with our new camera (upgraded to the Nikon Z6II mirrorless camera). So we played with the new camera