Trip Start Oct 18, 2012
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Temperatures are finally falling and it is officially winter. Having said that the lowest we have had was -9 degrees overnight and it is still hitting melting point in the days so comparisons to Banff are weak and futile! We have had a few dustings of snow which are more of a novelty than a nuisance. I haven't been going for walks lately so I decided to do the triangle walk which according to Google Maps is an easy flat 6kms. I used to do the 4km triangle around Findon which was the first thing that I started doing to get fit. The good thing about doing a walk in a triangle and not to a point and back is you always get a sense of moving forward instead of retracing your steps, but the good thing about going the same way back is that it feels quicker on the return leg! It is interesting what you think about when you are walking.
The triangle incorporates all three local villages: Edingen, Neckarhausen and Neu-Edingen. Usually the border between villages is a field, but sometimes it is just a street. Germany doesn't really have suburbs unless you are in a big city. The walk along the Neckar River was really overcast and a little slushy. I did spot a river barge as I came into Neckarhausen which appeared to be carrying coal. Neckarhausen is where the car ferry is to Ladenburg. Taking the ferry cuts a good 10 minutes off the trip time because there isn't a direct bridge. Next to it is the indoor swimming pool and also a schloss. It is more of a mansion than a castle and used to house a post office and a baron, but now is a community building. Across from it is a signpost to Plouguerneau, France which is the sister city of Edingen. Kind of random, but whatever!
From there it is a short joint to the most popular supermarket in Germany: ALDI. I really don't get the hype around it because it is more like a IGA in size and you can't even buy everything there. Sure the stuff is a tad cheaper, but It just turns a grocery trip into a longer jaunt to two stores so that you buy what you need. Bah! From there its back through the fields and home again.
Now that I have my visa, I'm finally getting a few things started. I am hoping to have my resume finished by this weekend so that I can start applying for jobs and Steffie opened a bank account for me. I still have another week before I can start my German course again and be social once more!