Friday, 19 September 2014

August Happened.

August already seems too long ago to blog about. Not having internet has it's ups and downs! But, for the sake of keeping track of life and adventure, it gets an update anyway.

It seems so long ago, but at the beginning of August, I was part of the Kinderferienwoche. About 25 kids came every day to participate in various activities and hear the gospel. It was a wonderful week and it was so much fun. We went to the Edersee, summer-bobsledding, to the Lahn for a picnic and games, baked, gardened, and spent an afternoon at a castle nearby.

Meanwhile, Malcolm was hard at work, moving things from the old Chemistry building to the new one. The new building really is impressive and looks like some real science happens in it. It was a long moving process though, involving chemicals and glassware and things, and he often came home rather grubby. But, they’re now nearly all moved in and settled!

A small but rather significant milestone, was finally getting my name changed here. I’m finally a Bartlett on German systems. Thanks to mum’s never-ending work and visits to home-affairs, we were finally able to get the necessary papers to the offices here, and, one very expensive stamp later, I was a Bartlett. My ID and new passport were also super fast to get, and although it’s weird finally seeing ‘Bartlett’ in capital letters, I’m glad that my maiden name is mentioned as Geburtsname.

August also involved walks into the Altstadt, since we were living conveniently close to both the Lahn and the old part of town. It still seems unreal sometimes, that we live here, in such an old city. Plus, the views from the Lutheran church or from the castle are beautiful, especially when the clouds are doing their thing.

Unfortunately, mid-August, we got the news from Studentenwerk that we wouldn’t be able to move back into our apartment in September. Some people had been told that by September they’d be home, while those of us in heavily affected apartments expected to move back a little while later. However, due to some problems with fire-safety regulations and insurance and things, they need to install a new system in the building. While this is definitely for our protection and safety, it was immensely disappointing since we now have absolutely no indication of when we’ll be allowed to go back, not even a hint.
We’re really glad though, and content, as we now have accommodation from Studentenwerk in a different student residence and we have a contract for the next 6 months, so there’s a bit of stability again.

Anyway, with all that on our minds, it was a huge relief to get away from Marburg for a week and head up to the Baltic sea with a group of about 50 students from around the world for the ‘Internationale Sommerfreizeit’. It was an incredible week with beautiful weather, amazing scenery, peaceful boat-rides, long walks, soul-searching conversations, new friends, great meals, revelations from God’s word, fun activities, awesome games, and rest. It was just what we needed to end off August and our Summer.


We continued our August 31 tradition, and made certain we had icecream. A wonderful walnut and caramel combination enjoyed at the Lahn. 

At the end of August, or rather beginning of September, we packed up our things where we'd been living since early July, and said goodbye to the beautiful neighbourhood where we lived and the wonderful hosts who opened up their home to us.

p.s. this isn't the house we lived in, before anybody assumes. It was just a house in the area that we particularly liked the look of!