Aren't those great faces?
The following things are peculiar to us, but we have come to appreciate them.
It is beautiful when it snows. Okay, we are Texans so it is a novelty for us anyway, but it is really lovely. There hasn't been much snow this winter, so the novelty hasn't had a chance to wear off.
|Our first good snow|
|European Area Office building from our balcony|
|If you don't pay the rent or don't keep up the plot, the management puts a sticker on the tombstone. The yellow one in this case is a "last reminder." Oops.|
|Selfie on a frozen morning in the cemetery|
|The ground is white with frost|
|Entrance to a subway station near the university and our mission office|
|Sign at the ice dispenser in a McDonald's - step 1. Fill cup with ice cubes. Step 2. Draw your drink from the tap. "Zapfen" usually means to draw beer from a tap, but hey, it's Germany, so it works for soft drinks, too.|
|The "sauce" is actually just a mayo packet. Mayo on fries is growing on us.|
Baby carriages have been engineered by the Germans. We have seen all types and varieties. Some are part of a bicycle and are mounted in front or in back. Some have three wheels. Some have four. They are all-weather and children ride in them in built in sleeping bags and in plastic tents when it rains.
Part of our service is with single adults. We meet with them on Monday evenings for family night. The Newmans take turns with us preparing a meal, Elder Newman teaches a self-reliance lesson, and we have an activity. We have grown to love these young people. Many of them are returned missionaries but some are not members of the church. There is always a great spirit present in these get-togethers, and we love spending our Monday evening with them.
|A pretty full room on February 1|
|Young people here are hooked to cell phone, too|
|A beloved Italian friend who is moving back to Italy|
|Our sweet French girl Carolin in the center. The other two are German young women - returned missionaries with incredible talents and language ability|
Our office is in an upscale part of town near the central financial district and is home to many foreign consular offices (Bosnia-Herzegovina has an office in our building) and law offices. The houses and apartments are expensive. A house across the street has an unusual driveway.
|Don't you have a polished granite driveway?|
One of the best parts of our missionary service is our association with other senior couples. We have made wonderful friends that we cherish and look forward to our continuing relationship back home.
|Walking to dinner on a rainy night|
|Great conversation after a dinner of pizza and Turkish Döner (similar to Shawarma and super popular here)|