The first few days

I wish I had a camera that could capture everything we are experiencing here. I watch moments unfold and think, “How will I ever communicate this?” We are over jet lag and as settled as we’ll be until we are settled in our own place. Here is a quick glance as what we have been up to these first few days.

First family photo after the flight. Taken right next to the baggage carousel in Berlin.

First family photo after the flight. Taken right next to the baggage carousel in Berlin.

We had so much excitement and joy when we were off the airplane. Many members of our team met us at the airport to greet us and celebrate our arrival. After dropping off our bags at the apartment the first thing we did was walk down to grab döners for dinner. They were so good. Micah after saying he did not want anything proceeded to steal parts of mine, I guess next time we’ll have he and Leah share one.

Welcoming committee!

Welcoming committee!

After a night of attempted sleep we decided to walk to Alexanderplatz. I knew we were close to it because I had seen the Berliner Fernsehturm (the TV tower) when we were driving to the apartment. One of those “I wish I could have recorded this”” moments happened on the walk there. We stopped a bit before getting Alexanderplatz to take a photo and a couple offered to get one of the whole family. They didn’t speak much English and Isaac without a thought stepped forward and started talking with the woman. He was so natural, it was awesome. They carried on a full conversation that lasted only a couple minutes but Denny and I were able to see how well our kids actually can communicate here.

Nicole and kids at Fernsehturm Berlin.

Nicole and kids at Fernsehturm Berlin.

We spent the next day at the zoo with some of our team mates who also arrived in Berlin recently. The zoo was the largest I have ever been to, we were there for a few hours and didn’t get to see all the animals. It is definitely a zoo that takes a couple times to see everything. But, I did get to see my favorite animal- the hippos. That was very cool, we showed up right at feeding time. There was a huge park there too and the kids ran off to play for a little bit.

Hippos!

Hippos!

We watched the Berlin vs. France soccer game. There was a lot of excitement when Germany won. The streets were filled cheering, honking, and celebrating well into the night. We heard, but didn’t see, fireworks too. When we left we walked back to the S-Bahn through some street celebrations (another I wish I could have recorded that moments). Everywhere we looked people were wearing German flags or the countrys colors celebrating.

Kids at Alexanderplatz jumping on little trampolines built into the ground.

Kids at Alexanderplatz jumping on little trampolines built into the ground.

I know there are many details that we are leaving out. How can we tell you everything we are seeing and experiencing?  The first night the kids were up in the middle of the night for a couple hours and the second day they woke up really early, but otherwise we’ve been sleeping like champs.

3 thoughts on “The first few days

  1. hi from the Spencer’s(Lydia and Samuel), we are excited for your adventures….I bet you loved the game yesterday! hi to Isaac and Leah.

  2. Nicole, what a wonderful entry! I have been following and enjoying reading all your posts and pictures. Isaac sounds like he can beg your interpreter! The years of German immersion is truly paying off now. What is the weather like there? I know I can check it out on the internet, but it is more cool when it comes from your perspective. We are having a very cool day today with the high gust of wind and the rain fall. My boys had to wear long pants to their Microsoft store run photography class today. Do you have an apartment now? It must be really amazing g to celebrate the championship of German soccer World Cup. My family are really sports illiterate. We haven’t even watched any of the World Cup show. Meanwhile my nieces in China talked about nothing but World Cup in their wechat, which is equivelant to the American Facebook. I love that picture of yours being welcomed by your team with garland. What a great warm feeling it generated! We hope to hear more about your life in Berlin. We pray that God will give you joy and peace working in the new country with wonderful teammates!
    From the Hagedorns

    • Hi June! Thanks for writing. The weather is pretty similar to MN. When we arrived not as hot as you, this week not as cold as you;) We are currently praying about what area of the city we should live in. Hopefully we’ll have the details worked out soon and be on the hunt for our home. I hadn’t ever watched World Cup before this year, but I enjoy watching sports and being in Berlin really helped me stay on top of what was happening.

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