Today is my first full day back in the states. We fell asleep at 7PM and woke up at 3 (but I stayed in bed until 5) and now we are up and running. Blokey is going to new faculty orientation (he started last spring, so even though he knows all this already, it's a requirement) and I am going to dig through files to work on some revisions for the monster project.
I did do some shopping in Germany, as we had a day of walking around the Bockenheim neighborhood (where the social science campus of the Goethe University* is located). My friend and I went into a cute shop (Damen-something or another) and while I did like many of the clothing, we both ended up getting these cute woven scarves, which was fun but did not break the rules of the GAAD.
These jeggings were almost a victim of my German good times. We rode bikes along the river one evening to a traditional Hessian apple wine restaurant, but my jeggings got caught and ripped a bit on this one attachment that held the baby seat in place. No worries, though, because a very nice neighborhood tailor fixed it for a mere 5 Euros. It's just behind my right calf, and not very noticeable.
Also, many apologies to Franca, about my misinformation about the European shelf toilet. It's not a German phenomenon at all, but still fascinating.
I hope that everyone is having a wonderful back to school/just before back to school week. I'm still mentally planning my first day outfit and I may need your advice! It's supposed to be a hot one that day.
Scarf: shop in Frankfurt
Rain boots: Daffy's
*Our hosts told us an old lefty joke in Frankfurt: Enthusiastic political theory/ cultural studies students from the US come to Frankfurt and tell the taxi driver at the airport, "Take me to the Frankfurt School" referring to network of lefty social theorists mostly associated with the Institute for Social Research at Goethe. The cabbie, confused, then takes him to a kindergarten or a primary school in the central district.