Settling down in Dortmund

Well, we’ve been here for almost 3 weeks. We’re almost unpacked and trying to make our new place a little more like home. James started work on June 1st which means I’ve been home with Silas for a few weeks now. We’ve had fun trying to figure out life here and enjoying our neighborhood.

Here’s a few pictures that shows how we spend our days. I’m really enjoying spending these few weeks with Silas before the baby comes.

We spend a lot of time walking. Usually it's walking to and from grocery stores, prenatal appointments, setting up a bank account, out to a restaurant, etc... I usually let Silas walk there and then he has to get in the stroller when we get there and for the trip home.

We spend a lot of time walking. Usually it’s walking to and from grocery stores, prenatal appointments, setting up a bank account, out to a restaurant, etc… I usually let Silas walk there and then he has to get in the stroller when we get there and for the trip home. Silas probably walks upwards of 2 miles on some days. Doesn’t that mean he should sleep more.

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One of Silas’ favorite things to do is to jump off the stoop of every doorway that we pass. Needless to say it takes us a while to get anywhere.

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Ready. Set. Ka-Jump. Not sure where he gets that extra syllable.

Silas and I checked out the organic food store. It's not quite the same as Whole Foods or Sprouts but I could find a few staples like coconut oil and all natural peanut butter.

Silas and I checked out the organic food store. It’s not quite the same as Whole Foods or Sprouts but I could find a few staples like coconut oil and all natural peanut butter.

Silas spends a lot of time in the stroller and he is always asking to "get down?" It's hard on an almost-two-year-old and tends to end each trip to the store with a whiny toddler. I ended up hiding is favorite snack (dried pineapple) in his snack cup with raisins and nuts. It works so well because he spends so much time trying to find the few pieces of pineapple that it buys me some time to try to figure out what I'm buying at the store (which usually amounts to using my google translate app countless times in one trip)

Silas spends a lot of time in the stroller and he is always asking to “get down?” It’s hard on an almost-two-year-old and tends to end each trip to the store with a whiny toddler. I ended up hiding is favorite snack (dried pineapple) in his snack cup with raisins and nuts. It works so well because he spends so much time trying to find the few pieces of pineapple that it buys me some time to try to figure out what I’m buying at the store (which usually amounts to using my google translate app countless times in one trip)

Aldi is a store here. I think it's owned by the same company as Trader Joes so you find a "few" of the same products.

Aldi is a store here. I think it’s owned by the same company as Trader Joes so you find a “few” of the same products.

You have to put money into the shopping carts in order to use them. That way you return them where they go so you can get their money back. .

You have to put money into the shopping carts in order to use them. That way you return them where they go so you can get your money back. .

We almost always make a stop at the playground that is less than a block from our apartment. He loves playing in the sand and climbing up the ladders.... but the other kids he doesn't like all that much. We're working on that.

We almost always make a stop at the playground that is less than a block from our apartment. He loves playing in the sand and climbing up the ladders…. but the other kids he doesn’t like all that much. We’re working on that.

We still have some colder days here.

We still have some colder days here.

The "USA" aisle at one of the larger grocery stores. Our culinary interests have been reduced to squeeze cheese, hot cocoa, pop tarts, and BBQ sauce - probably not the ones I would have chosen.

The “USA” aisle at one of the larger grocery stores. Our culinary interests have been reduced to squeeze cheese, hot cocoa, pop tarts, and BBQ sauce – probably not the ones I would have chosen.

Sometimes we stop for a donut at ikea :)

Sometimes we stop for a doughnut at Ikea 🙂

I'm still trying to figure out the recycling here. It's pretty complicated and almost everything can/should be recycled or composted. You also have to return your glass and plastic bottles back to the store to get your money back. We never leave our apartment empty handed - whether it's taking out recycling, garbage, compost, dirty diapers, replacing the grocery bags back in the car/stroller (you have to pay extra for bags), etc...

I’m still trying to figure out the recycling here. It’s pretty complicated and almost everything can/should be recycled or composted. You also have to return your glass and plastic bottles back to the store to get your money back. We never leave our apartment empty handed – whether it’s taking out recycling, garbage, compost, dirty diapers, replacing the grocery bags back in the car/stroller (you have to pay extra for bags), etc…

On Saturdays there is a big market that sets up in  Dortmund. They have delicious pastries, bratwurst, meats, cheese, fruits, vegetables, etc...

On Saturdays there is a big market that sets up in Dortmund. They have delicious pastries, bratwurst, meats, cheese, fruits, vegetables, etc…

Silas' favorite are the waffles.

Silas’ favorite are the waffles from the Saturday market

We visited the Medieval Altena Castle built in the 12th century one Sunday

We visited the Medieval Altena Castle built in the 12th century one Sunday

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