Boredom? Jealousy? Mere stupidity?
We do not live in a neighborhood where sprayers lurk around, normally. Or do we?
We have been realizing for a while that our project stirs up emotions. This is the first outer sign of it. It is a shock. But it is also what our journey is all about: We want to feel the feelings. Live and experience. There will not only be joyful moments. There will be unbelief, sadness and anger - moments like this one.
Until now, things generally turned out to be a bit harder or longer than expected. But they can also be much easier – and that, where we expected it least: taking Lou and Luca out of school.
We started off reading the regulations for home schooling or „Privatunterricht“ and ordered the necessary forms to fill in. That was the first positive surprise: There were five pages to fill in, each with a modest amount of required information. The sixth page was designated to be filled in by the teacher who should support us as a professional, and who should see to it that we stick to the official curriculum. But how could anyone take that responsibility – us being far away? That was also the question of Sibylle, whom we asked if she would take on this task. She decided to ask the school inspector personally as to how this regulation was to be understood. His answer came as a suprise: If we intended to be away for longer than three months, all we needed to do is send a letter to the head of school and give notice of our departure. No forms to fill in, no teacher needed to coach us. Could it be that simple? Yes! Yesterday, we received a favourably written short confirmation letter by the head of school, wishing us a wonderful and exciting time!
Thank you, Bern, for giving parents the freedom to decide for themselves what is best for their family. Thank you for being so refreshingly unbureaucratic!
What does that teach us? Never expect anything! Just take things as they come.
Last week, I drove our Iveco to Gmund in Bavaria to meet my brother in law Jan, my dear stepfather Hans, and his best friend Rudi. My goal was to finalize the interior of our camper and to get some work done on the outside - with the help of Jan's neighbor Hannes.
To summarize: It was awesome and a lot of fun. We had been working for 4 whole days, finalizing things that would have taken me two months if I had had to do them by myself. However, I totally underestimated the tasks, and we did not quite finish the interior.
On top, I slept all 4 nights in the camper - thanks to Jan's great vacuum cleaner. And - wehey - I was even able to use the toilet. Little things can make you happy!
Hans, Jan and Rudi: I don't know how to say thank you. I appreciate very much how you support our project. You guys mean a lot to me. I also want to thank my sister and Mom for preparing lovely dishes - although we forgot to eat most of the time.
Below you find a second, short vblog of the trip and the first night - as well as some pics.