A Bicycle Ride
Yes, we are on the move, as a matter of fact we are moving! We are moving to Gauting. But today we are just cycling there.
First of all, why are we moving? We like our apartment in Munich, we have been here for several decades, it is our home. But ... we felt it was time to find a place where we will feel comfortable as we get older. In our Munich apartment we have three flights of stairs to climb, a tiny bathroom, a narrow hallway. Who knows how long this will fit our old-folks' needs. So we started the search for a suitable apartment and to our amazement found a place that we liked on first sight. It was hard to believe how easy it was. We will no longer be in Munich but more or less in the country, or at least fields and woods are down the road while in the other direction we can go shopping on foot - pretty near perfect.
We signed the contract beginning May 1 but have the keys already. The day before we got the keys, we decided to ride our bicycles out to Gauting. As soon as we had the keys we knew we would be busy readying the place for our move. Gauting lies about 20 km southwest of Munich and much of our bicycle route was familiar. We rode through Westpark, one of our favorite green refuges in the city and then continued on through Forstenrieder Park, actually a forest, where we have often cycled as well. We chose a different route for the way back, following the Würm, also not new territory to us.
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Moving is a chore ... that's an understatement for sure. But I am trying to tackle it with elan. For a start, we are frequently driving out to Gauting with our car full of things that are too big to pack conveniently and not so heavy that we can't carry them ourselves. The rest we will pack and it will be ready when the movers come. Each little drive out to Gauting gets us a bit more acquainted with our new surroundings. The weather has been perfect and the last time we drove out we took a short walk, just one and a half kilometers down the road. Quite a contrast to our present surroundings.
Isn't it lovely? I am sure we will be missing things from our life in Munich, but we will be compensated.
For the time being the move has priority, and if I'm not busy sorting and culling and packing and discarding, I feel I should be - and that is where my thoughts are. I hope it won't be too long before we are settled in and I have posts from our new home.