A Brief Photo Tour.

Our temporary home is a hotel room in the heart of Aalen, a city of about 65,000 people in the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Upon entering, there is a small kitchen. I have cooked in smaller, less equipped spaces, so it’s not been a problem to prepare many of our meals here. It has two electric burners that get amazingly hot (thanks, German engineers!). Our fridge is the size of a U.S. dorm model, but groceries are nearby and twice weekly there is a farmers’ market so that we can easily purchase items fresh and as needed.

Although the living space is not too small, it primarily follows an open floor plan. We eat at a coffee table and sometimes attempt to watch German television to practice our listening skills. Today’s lunchtime program was Alf, whose dubbed German voice resembled a gruff Frenchman. Notice the Alex Grey calendar, the lone item that I brought in our regular luggage for our walls. Our bed and desk is across from this.

The beds in this area are like two twin models pushed together. I suppose that is pleasant for those who want a different type of mattress than their partner, but we haven’t gotten used to the tiny, individual comforters just yet. Indeed, there are no sheets to sleep under, but instead just allergy provoking down comforters that result in me waking up red-eyed each morning.

We have an additional room with a twin bed and closet that has become a study of sorts as it may be divided by pulling a curtain. It’s also a place where V can be messy. It’s also a place to be creeped out by a romantic, clown-mime child.

The bathroom is small, particularly the shower. Fortunately for me, it is a fine size. For some people though, one wrong move and the shower handle is hit and scalding water (German engineering again) is burning the individual in the appropriately coffin-like unit. The shower was much larger in the hotel during our May visit. Ten days ago at a Huntington bar, a portly man who had just returned from a shower stall demolition tour of Italy had warned of the European tininess, so I was not surprised.

This is the view from our tiny balcony. While we have not used it very much, it is a nice ritual to step out here each morning and evenings and remember: WIR WOHNEN IN DEUTSCHLAND!

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