Well, it's 4:30pm and dark already...a cold, mellow weekend in Hamburg. We explored the area by bike for a few hours today and are now at home, staying warm and relaxing. Mayzie is awesome on her bike...we rode for quite a distance today and she hung in the whole way. We tired her out big time, because she is zoned out on Scooby Doo (thanks to the english cable tv package we now have! We have BBC, National Geographic, and even ESPN...wow, the novelty of it all!)
Things have certainly calmed down and having a patch of smooth sailing has been a relief. Everything is stable, a feeling we have not had in quite some time. Job is good, Mayzie's kindergarten is good, our apartment is great, and Jenna has been quite the social butterfly...hanging out with at least 3 different people each week. All ladies she has met through the American Womens Club. (I must say that this is against her nature, to seek out Americans to hang out with, but becoming friends with locals has been difficult and we are just trying to enjoy our time here, to make it as easy as possible...so forget all that.)
Because of barely scraping by with money, we have no travel plans right now. We are looking forward to the christmas markets and endless holiday activities around here. Mayzie's kindergarten had a lantern festival on friday. We are not sure what the symbolism is, but all the kids made lanterns at school and walked around the neighborhood, singing and swinging the lanterns. Pretty cool experience. Especially seeing Mayzie sing all these German songs. She has learned alot of the language, more than we have!