If things have seemed a little quiet on my blog lately (and they have), there’s a reason why.
It’s time to let the cat out of the bag – we moved!
In fact, we moved back in the middle of September. The month before that we were searching for apartments, organizing a moving truck, selling some old things, buying some new things, setting up mail forwarding, saying goodbye to friends, and packing up our belongings. The physical move itself was just the tip of the iceberg – it’s actually been the set up in our new place that has caused the biggest headache. Install a kitchen with our own bare hands? Sure, why not? Get a 3m work surface up 3 flights of narrow stairs? Alright. Build 6 dining room chairs, a dining room table, a closet, a desk, a sideboard, a cabinet, and bookshelves whilst surrounded by mountains of boxes? Not a problem. *sarcasm*
The first few days were tricky. Everything was still in boxes. Despite trying our best to label the boxes well, it was still difficult to locate certain items. Two months later we’re still unearthing items that we thought we somehow lost in the move.
Once we started to unpack, it temporarily got a little better. We could at least see where things were (even if they were just in piles on the floor rather than in boxes). We struggled to get organized because we lacked a lot of storage and furniture; we moved from a 2-room apartment to a 3-room apartment and could really feel it. We needed to buy new furniture to help fill up the space. What ensued was countless trips to IKEA, mömax, Roller, Neubert, and other furniture stores and many many many trips up and down the stairs moving new things in. We can now navigate the aisles of Hornbach and OBI like pros. Kitchen faucets? Aisle 19. Countertops? At the back of aisle 22.
To say the process has been daunting would be…true. I’ve never gone through a big move like this before. Yes, I moved from Canada to Germany but that was different. I literally only came to Germany with 2 packed suitcases. I left all my old furniture, books, and belongings in Canada. This was the first time that I ‘properly’ moved with boxes, a moving company and everything. Let me say that I sincerely hope we don’t have to move again any time soon.
So where did we move, you might ask. Well, we are now proud residents of Würzburg, a city in the Franconian region of Bavaria. It’s where my husband was born and went to university. It’s also one of the first cities I spent time in during my first visits to Germany. The city is known for its location on the Main River, its vineyards, the Residenz (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the Marienberg Fortress. There are festivals that take place here year-round like the Africa Festival, street music festivals, folk festivals, and more. There’s a thriving student population due to the many universities in town and with it affordable and diverse bars, restaurants, and cafes.
It’s a relief to have moved away from our small village outside of Stuttgart. We found it pretty isolating. We did go to Stuttgart and Ludwigsburg as much as we could, but we still wished we could live in a livelier place. We hope that Würzburg can be that place for us.
In the coming months (hopefully years), I hope to cover many aspects of life in Würzburg and show you some of the best places the city has to offer. I still consider Stuttgart to be my first home in Germany, so if you have questions about it, please do reach out or check out some of my previous blogs posts about Stuttgart. You can find a full list of my Stuttgart-related blog posts here.
If you are looking for more Stuttgart info and tips, then I can gladly direct you to some fantastic Stuttgart blogs written by some lovely women I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know in person:
- Living in Stuttgart – a thorough and in-depth review of things to do in Stuttgart, festivals to attend, and places to eat (written by Mel)
- Rachel + Sanghee – a look at Stuttgart (with sprinkles of European, Asian, and North American travel destinations), and an account of new motherhood as an expat in Germany (written by Rachel)
- Travel Hungry – a delicious guide to restaurants and cafes in Stuttgart, Germany, Europe, and beyond
Now that you’ve caught up with me, what’s new with you? I’d love to hear from you! (Also, no friends yet in my new city, so maybe you can give me some tips on how to make friends as an adult in a new city? #shyexpatproblems)