The past few weeks have been manic to say the least. We decluttered, packed up the flat, and lived amongst a growing number of removal boxes - It's amazing how much stuff you accumulate in six years. Then there were the pre-travel doctors' appointments, the injections (boy, were they pricey!), and all those contracts to quit. Not to mention farewell parties at work and becoming temporary socialites as we squeezed in final get-togethers with friends. Once the sofa had been picked up and we'd signed the “Abmeldung” forms (officially left Germany), we moved all our clutter to R.'s parents in Aachen who are kindly providing us storage. Once there, we flopped, enjoyed the Autumn sun, and were spoiled rotten with homemade cake.