Another day alone while Zach goes through in-processing. We don't have any contact during the day so I'm anxiously waiting to hear if he passes his driving test. We'll have a lot more freedom once we get his car and are mobile. I didn't sleep hardly at all last night, but that's mostly my fault for letting myself sleep in so late yesterday. Today I forced myself to get up early and try to have a more "normal" day, schedule-wise. In the meantime, a low-grade headache accompanies me everywhere I go as my body tries to adjust to new sleep schedules and meal times. Also, the fact that my diet has been 90% carbs since we got here probably doesn't help. But I'll deal with that...tomorrow.
Today I headed to the local T-Mobile store to get information about German cellphones and plans. Turns out they're pretty affordable, so I'm excited to be able to text Zach throughout the day and (hopefully) get a data plan so I have better internet access. The WiFi at the hotel is very tempermental, at best. Afterwards I wandered into a crowded Kebab restaurant because we've heard how great the donor meat places are around here. However, I got flustered when I couldn't read the menu and there were people waiting in line behind me so I ended up with a very boring "pite kase" which is basically cheesy bread. I think I'll go back another day when I'm feeling braver now that I've had a chance to see what other people ordered and how it looked. Afterwards I had to soothe myself with a pastry, so I headed to the bakery next to our hotel. I felt better almost immediately.
It had been a rainy/dreary morning so I was pleasantly surprised to step out into warm sunshine and decided to take advantage of the weather and head over to the pond to check on the swan lords. I took my pastry and found a sunny spot on a bench and watched nervously as the swans and about 30 ducks started slowly making their way towards me. It was slightly terrifying but I was saved by an old man on a bike who stopped to throw an entire bag full of breadcrumbs into the pond. The swan and ducks changed their direction and suddenly the additional ducks who were obviously only pretending to be asleep on the shoreline flew over to see what the fuss was all about. In the time I sat there I watched no fewer than 4 people come and throw their stale bread and crumbs into that lake. One guy drove up in a car, pulled a bag from his trunk, dumped it, and drove off. So we see why these birds are so eager to follow a person when one approaches the pond. Also, my suspicions about the swans were confirmed. They are obviously in charge. I can't tell if the ducks are exceptionally small here or these swans are just mammoth, but either way, they are in charge and theirs is a reign of terror. I watched the biggest swan hold a duck under water for trying to eat his breadcrumb. I am pretty sure the swan was trying to drown the duck. Thankfully, the duck popped up and scurried away, but it was a scary moment for us all (me and the ducks, at least).
So another big day for me, as you can see. I think I'll be really glad to start my job when the time comes. I'm at risk of turning into an overweight duck-lady if left to my own devices. The weather turned rainy again so I'm back at the hotel waiting for a break when I'll venture out again. Still have to buy Zach an alarm clock and the store that sells them closes from noon until 2pm. Actually, most stores around here close during the lunch two-hours. Not a bad gig...open at 9, close for two hours, reopen for a few hours, close at 6. It's pretty awesome for the store owners, at least. Until then, I have to resist the urge to nap off these carbs.