Friday, August 10, 2007


Well, I can't stand the thought of going a whole week without writing something for you guys. I know many of you check the blog faithfully and I have been a big disappointment this week. Sorry. There just hasn't been much going on...

You could say I've had my head in the clouds. It got cloudy here on Tuesday, rained all day, and pretty much hasn't stopped all week. It's very foggy, so much so that I can barely see the hills right outside our living room window. This has not been good for getting any respectable exercise and I would be feeling rather slothful at this point if not for the fact that, as of today, Steve & I have successfully completed 5 full days on the South Beach Diet - Phase 1. This means we have not had any bread, pasta, potatoes, rice or fruit for 5 whole days. We tried this back in the fall of last year and failed fairly miserably. I think the only reason we have been so diligent this time is because I have a little extra time on my hands with the whole working part-time from home thing. It definitely requires a lot of planning and time in the kitchen. We are eating lots of lean meat and fresh vegetables and every meal involves some form of a salad. I don't think I have ever had so much produce in my house at one time - or maybe the smaller refrigerator just makes it feel like more?

I don't know if I mentioned that I got my driver's license....barely. I have the basic right-of-way rules down but no, I do not remember how many meters I must be from a stopped bus inside and outside of the city limits. Who knew they were going to get so specific?! Now, I just need a car! We are going to get serious next week about finding one. It's not that we haven't been looking - Steve is indecisive and I don't have much of an opinion so it's made the car-buying experience a little difficult. I still miss my Jetta but we've been told that is not a "respectable" car over here so it's a good thing we didn't ship it. I have yet to see any on the road. The Germans do seems to love their BMWs, Audis and Mercedes.

We are off to Berlin this evening for the weekend. This will be our longest road trip so far and possibly the most exciting. Berlin has been high on my list since I got here. So I am ramping up for some serious historical sights. It's rainy there too so we may find ourselves hanging out in museums all weekend but that's okay.

Have a great weekend!


The Binkley Family said...

I am glad to get an update...been wondering. So, I guess a Ford truck is out of the runnings? :)
I am honestly surprised that a Volkswagen is not "respectable" but at least it sounds like you will be getting a REALLY nice car. Are they the same prices over there?

Jami said...

No, let me clarify. I think Volkswagens are fine. But we met some people around our age one evening the fact that I drove a Jetta back home came up and they kind of looked at us funny...I think Jettas are not particularly popular amongst our age group - probably because of the lack of speed. Oh well... :)

Eric G said...

Awesome pictures! Germany is on the list of must visits.

Glad to hear that you are enjoying the "vacation"!

What an incredible opportunity!

Gus (aka Eric G)

Eric G said...

Awesome Pics! Glad you two are having such an awesome experience.

What a cool "happen-upon" in France! I think they face each other.



Eric G said...

Awesome Pics! Glad you two are having such an awesome experience.

What a cool "happen-upon" in France. I think they face each other.