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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.