So the week was full ... We toured the school campuses, opened a bank account, walked through grocery stores, drove the autobahn and had beautiful coffees and pastries ...
And ... We hunted houses.
There were nine options ... Nine!
Some were cookie cutters of every other house on the block. 👎
Some were in little expat enclaves. 👍👎
Two had bidets (a surprising draw for our quirky nine-year-old.) 👍
One had a full sauna in the basement (but also boasted architecture from the era of the Brady Bunch.) 👎
Two were within walking distance of the international school (a perk we have celebrated back at The Bungalow.)👍
We've somehow managed to narrow it down to our top two.
And we are TORN!
Hands down we all love our first choice the best ... The girls have taken the to calling it "The Dream House" ... But we struggle with the location being further from the schools (there is no school bus service).
Our second choice is a three minute walk to the elementary campus, and right on a tram stop ...
Both have beautifully landscaped private yards ...
We are weighing the pros and cons ...
(Would I rather be crowded in the "tram stop" kitchen and have the girls walk to school, OR have more space in general and spend my mornings shuttling to school & my afternoons managing the pick up schedules of after school activities x3?)
Herr Johnson's commute is shortened if we live in "The Dream House" but the girls would get a 20 - 25 minute commute ...
(Although our oldest will get her U.S. Driver's license before we relocate, she cannot get a German license until she is 18, so the option of having her drive ... Which would be a great American solution is mute ... in the land where 16 year olds can legally consume wine, but cannot drive alone.)
We are stuck, but only in a first-world-probs kind of way. We could live in any of the nine we saw!
We are excited to figure out where our addy in Deutchland will be 🏠