Sometimes, places are only open for two hours on Fridays so you can’t get your address changed. Then, you have to keep your fingers crossed that a train ticket arrives in the mail so you have some where to go for Christmas (it did…I caught the mail man as he walked down the path…before he could turn around!). Hypothetically.
I wouldn’t let that dampen my productive attitude. I was on a mission. To get a different SIM card for my phone so I could use it cheaply over here. ALDI has a great plan where you can buy a certain amount of minutes and texts and a wee bit of data. I don’t really need the data since I just need a phone to get a hold of people around here. I use wireless internet for everything else. So, it’s good if you need something simple.
New SIM card in hand, I walked back to my bus stop. On the way I stopped at the local Italian grocery store…pretty sure this will come in handy later. It was pretty sparse, but it had genuine Italian grocery items in it and it was obviously for the people in the area. I will definitely be back. A few blocks more and I walked by a bakery (bäckerei) that had coffee, too! I was a little antsy for another latte macchiato, so I got that and some scrumptious pastry with poppy seeds on it. NOM. The Germans do bread and pastries very well.
I felt revitalized after my stop at the backerei. I recalled seeing two flower shops on the way to ALDI, so I decided to stop in both. Maybe I have a problem, but I really just like to look. Promise. So, these photos are for all of my floral shop people!
At the second floral shop I decided our front door needed some festivity. So, I grabbed a piece of cypress evergreen and asked for help with some ribbon. Floral shop people– they measure a meter the same way we do– hand to nose! I commented on it to the gal and we had a little chuckle together. So, here is the outcome! I was happy to have a little creative crafty time!
This morning started out as a lovely warm morning. It felt like spring, honestly. So, I grabbed a quick run and decided on hitting the farmers’ market. I got a late start on the run and soon the morning was getting away from me! Worried that I might miss the farmers’ market, I rushed out the door and luckily caught a rare Saturday bus! (Saturday buses don’t come as often as M-F buses….about every 30 minutes, instead of every 10 minutes) I scored some yummy produce from the market and meandered around the Weihnachtsmarkt.
After wandering for some time, I decided that I should really get back and do my homework… I’m such a procrastinator. It’s due tomorrow night…Chicago time! Sooooo, there’s still time (because I only finished the reading and half of the assignment before starting this….). Anyway, I turn around to head out and what should I see but a WOOL YARN SHOP. I nearly died right there! It’s so close! There are people sitting in there, knitting…and drinking wine!!!!! THESE ARE MY PEOPLE!!!! Okay, okay. I’m calmed down again. It’s so easy to get to… this will be very dangerous for my “check-book”, as it were. I held myself to one ball of beautiful wool. I cannot wait to start. After I finish this blog….I’m starting.
With my mini-shopping spree done with the wool shop, I actually do decide to head home. Arriving at the bus stop, I observe that I will have to wait 20 minutes for the next bus. It’s a great day– in the 50s– so, a walk it will be! It was refreshing and very hilly! Guys. So much hill. But, like I said, great walk and very refreshing! At least it didn’t rain this time! Good couple of days in Esslingen! That’s all I have for now. PROST!