Monday, October 05, 2009

September: Muenchen/Munich, Heilbronner Weindorf, and the Freinsheim Kulinarische Weinwanderung

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.


  1. Not knowing is the hardest part. It seems with todays' economy, more and more people are being put in this position... some even fear for whether they will be employed or not. It's hard to have a Plan A or a Plan B when you don't even know your destination. I envy those whose lives are so secure that they can plan ahead. Ours has never been that way.

  2. I feel your pain sis-tah! At least about the moving and not-planning part. :)

    Sad I missed the meet-up. Maybe next year in Berlin?

  3. Ha! I'm in somewhat the same boat (job-hunting for next year with total uncertainty as to the location), and it just KILLS me when my family asks, "So, where do you want to work after you finish school?" If only it were that easy. Good luck to you guys!!

  4. I lived in Munich for a year in 1990. One of the best times of my life!

  5. Expats Again: It's definitely worse in the current economy, although a good economy doesn't really improve the situation much in academics.

    Yelli: So how much longer ARE you guys here! haha, your favorite question I'm sure. :) Don't know if we'll be here next year but I bet it will be in Berlin!

    Jen: I didn't know you had a blog! Entries, please. :) The family questions are the worst. The seem to still be working under the assumption that highly-educated people can work wherever they want and make lots of money, both of which couldn't be further from the truth!

    Jason: You guys should come back for another year! :D

  6. Three months is a stressful timeline. In a way though everyone is in the same boat in an uncertain economy. It's definitely not easy these days.

  7. That all looks like so much fun! I'm sorry we weren't able to make it to any of that. However, seeing Munich made me get a little more excited about our planned stop there in December while my parents and younger brother are here.

  8. It was really good seeing you guys again in Munich! I'm bummed that we couldn't make it to Heidelberg for the Weinwanderung. Hopefully we'll get over there to see you before you (potentially) leave.

  9. I definitely hate uncertainty. It's been a trying year for everyone I think. For me, I'd love to be in Europe and haven't even been able to travel this year. A total shame for sure. Hoping next year will bring an end to all of it for all of us!

  10. Actually the recession has been refreshing for us in that other people finally understand the way we live no matter how the economy is going!


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