On Tuesday, we went back to the house and watched the movers get all our stuff on their truck. I ran into our neighbor again as I was loading more stuff into my car. He asked again if we were moving. I confirmed that we were moving to Wiesbaden for Bill’s new job. He wished us luck and said “Auf Wiedersehen”… and again, smiled pretty! I guess I can’t blame him for that. For his sake, I hope the next tenants don’t have a huge American style truck.
We were finished loading up by noon, so Bill and I started our northern trek to Hesse. I don’t do a lot of driving anymore, not because I can’t, but because I hate traffic. Frankly, I don’t socialize very much with other people, either. I was a little worried about driving on the Autobahn for so long, knowing that we’d no doubt hit traffic jams. I’m proud to report that despite rainy weather and a few Staus, Bill and I both made it through our journey unscathed. In fact, Bill even paid me a high compliment by saying that I would have made a fine “tanker”. Before Bill became an exercise planner, he was a tanker… so I guess he knows what would make a fine one.
Time for a break! This photo inspired a number of comments from my Facebook friends. We didn’t visit the well advertised erotic store, but I was advised that there’s a good selection there for those who are still Christmas shopping.
Apparently, I have a good sense of how to be in a convoy. More than once, I made it possible for Bill to change lanes and kept up a good “march distance”. What can I say? My dad was a navigator in the Air Force and endowed me with an excellent sense of direction. Unfortunately, he didn’t endow me with his adrenaline junkie tendencies or love of fitness. Oh well…
We spent our first night in Wiesbaden at the Hotel zum Wiesengrund, a very reasonably priced hotel near our new home. I had originally booked a different place, but changed my mind when I read about Hotel zum Wiesengrund’s well regarded restaurant. I wanted to go somewhere we’d be able to have a good meal after two days of hard work and driving. I’m not proud of it, but we resorted to a couple of McDonalds’ meals during our moving out process. It had been awhile since the last time I ate in a McDonald’s. It was kind of a shocking experience. I knew they have kiosks now, but I’ve never actually used one.
Bill was showing me how one orders at McDonald’s nowadays… this actually makes me kind of sad.
We arrived at our new house at about 5:00pm on November 27th. Our new landlord gave us the keys after we paid him the Kaution and first month’s rent. Our new house is larger, more modern, and much more expensive than the one in Unterjettingen is. What’s more, our new landlord lives next door to us. However, he has only rung our doorbell once. So far, we’re getting along fine.
The view from the balcony on the front of our new house.
The view from the balcony on the back of the house. Our yard has a nice tall fence and is plenty secure for Zane and Arran, which is a really nice convenience. Apparently, the people who lived in our house before us were Americans with a dog. They hooked us up!
We laid down the rugs we bought from the Turkish rug guys at Panzer Barracks in Boeblingen. I’m glad we bought rugs before we left, since it doesn’t appear that Wiesbaden has a similar shop. I bought rugs from the Turkish guys a couple of years ago, but they weren’t nearly as nice as the ones we just got. I actually wish we’d bought a couple more rugs, since our new house has brand new parquet floors that I want to protect as much as possible.
After we laid down the rugs, we went to the hotel and checked in. The Hotel zum Wiesengrund is located on a busy road, but it has a large parking lot with free parking for guests. We checked in and were assigned a very basic, but clean, room.
A tiny, basic room at Hotel zum Wiesengrund. Fine for a night.
A tiny shower, but very clean and good water pressure.
After we dropped off our bags at the hotel, we decided to have dinner. Although I had wanted a nice meal, I wasn’t that hungry after all the traveling and stop at Mickey D’s. I did really want a beer, though.
Bill decides what he wants. He wasn’t hungry, either.
Ahhh… This hit the spot. Wiesbaden is really more wine country than beer country.
I went with fried fish… It wasn’t the healthiest choice, but it tasted good. I liked the remoulade that came with it. Kind of like really fancy tartar sauce.
Bill had smoked salmon.
I think Hotel zum Wiesengrund is better known for its restaurant than its lodging. Bill says some of his co-workers have been to the restaurant, and we noticed it was popular with locals. There was a large party of Germans near us and they were enjoying Christmas goose and Schnapps. I had “apple most” for dessert. Basically, it was non-alcoholic, home pressed apple juice… very tasty! I expect to become acquainted with apple wine now, since that’s supposedly a local speciality.
Breakfast at Hotel zum Wiesengrund is included in the price of the room, which was about 90 euros. It’s served buffet style and offers the usual cheeses, cold cuts, breads, and jams. Unlike the Hotel Adler, the Hotel zum Wiesengrund also has hard boiled eggs, which was a nice touch.
After we checked out of the hotel, we headed for our new house and the dreaded chore of moving in. The same foreman was going to be there, along with several more guys coming in from Heidelberg, which is in Baden-Wuertemberg, like Stuttgart is, yet is located closer to Wiesbaden.