After some happy days in Berlin with family and friends, we set out for our next location. A few weeks prior, Stephan had accepted an offer of contract work over a few months in Heidelberg. We found a nice place to stay in nearby Eppelheim.
As an early language learner, I'm apt to ask questions about the names of places. Here's what I learned: a lot of the names of the cities and towns in this particular corner of Germany are reminiscent of fruits: Heidelberg (Blueberry mountain), Eppelheim (Apple (?) home), Kirschheim (Cherry home). Adorable.
With the exception of a couple of weeks spent in the heart of Heidelberg (Altstadt) we've been living in Eppelheim. It's not a destination, so we might never have come here if not for this apartment. I'm glad we did.
Eppelheim has a wholesome feeling. In the afternoons you might see bike-riding lessons or kids chalking the street with rainbows and animals. We're staying in an apartment at the edge of our neighborhood. Walking just a couple of blocks to the west, you're already in farmland. Right now, canola is in bloom. There's also a "Selbst Schneiden" tulip area nearby where you're welcomed to walk out into the fields to cut your own flowers, then pay by slipping a few euro in a can hung by the entry (honor system).
Our apartment is lower level, but gets a good amount of sunshine. I work at our kitchen table and Stephan takes a 15 minute bike ride to the office.
The spring weather is unpredictable, but when it's warm we like to take a walk in the fields behind the house before dinner with lemon beers in hand and soak in the sun.
With only a few days left in Eppelheim, I'm reminded to savor. It's uncertain if I'll find myself back here in the future. There is a bittersweet aspect to the thought, but I also appreciate the perspective of fleeting time. It slows me down; it asks me to notice, feel, and breathe. I may also dream or reminisce with love, but the perfect time to appreciate this day is right now.