|Muenchen Sep 09|
The first weekend of September, we went to Munich for the 2009 expat blogger meet-up. It was incredibly well-organized and we enjoyed learning more about Munich, a city we never really found as interesting as Berlin. After this trip we came to see it as a great place to live - excepting, perhaps, the high cost of rents and difficulties finding apartments.
|Heilbronn Sep 09|
The following weekend we checked out the Heilbronner Weindorf, a wine fest in Heilbronn, about an hour up the Neckar by train. This wine fest doesn't involve any vineyards or walking, but is set up in Heilbronn's town center. Each stand is very elaborately decorated and there are hundreds of wines to try. Their church, Kilianskirche, was also having an open house, with free Sekt (champagne) for anyone who climbed the tower for a great view over the fest, Heilbronn, and the surrounding countryside!
|Freinsheim Sep 09|
We then took one weekend off from all the debauchery, skipping Bad Duerkheim's big fest, then were back out for our favorite, the Freinsheim Kulinarische Weinwanderung. The sky was clear, it was warm, and there was all kinds of great food and wine to have. I'm really sad to think this could be our last time at this fest - I look forward to it all year. We don't really know what the future holds. It's quite frustrating to not be able to concretely plan any farther than about three months out. I'm not the kind of person who likes to have her whole life planned out - that would be boring, and I like having a lot of possibilities ahead - but I think this is a bit too far in the other extreme. However, it's the nature of academics for anyone who isn't tenured yet, and it's especially bad in Germany where contracts in this field are kept so short. I can honestly say I don't have even the slightest guess where we'll be or what we'll be doing a year from now. NONE. NO GUESS.