- long walks in the valley, spurred on by my Mi Band and my daily goal of 10,000 steps
- Reitturnier (horse show) in Nordstetten
- daughter's college graduation
- spending time with family and friends in Wisconsin
- meeting six of the seven middle school students from Sheboygan, Wisconsin participating in this year's Sheboygan-Esslingen summer exchange and having the opportunity to tell them a little about what to expect in Germany
- buying (actually eating) fresh string cheese from Baker Cheese
- not actually hating my flights to and from Chicago via Zürich on Swiss Air. On the way over I had three empty seats next to me! There was hardly any turbulence, and the food was enjoyable, not just edible as it is on Delta.
- celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary at our favorite restaurant with M's mother and our witnesses from Edinburgh, who happened to be passing through at the right time and spent the weekend with us
- not being able to bring the fresh string cheese back to Germany with me - I could kill for some as a snack right now.
- the Fremdschämen of watching on German news hoards of Americans protesting the removal of the Confederate flag from government buildings in South Carolina. Don't worry, people. You can still glue Confederate flags to your bigass pickup trucks, wear confederate flag t-shirts, and fly the flag at your own home to advertise your affection for the values that flag represents. Sweet Jesus...
- a day trip to Strasbourg, France for a visit to the EU Parliament with my friend and Sprachpartnerin, H
- our final preparation meeting with the exchange families for the summer exchange; the American students arrive near the end of the month
- a weekend trip with M to Bamberg, a beautiful Bavarian town I've not been to before
- a tour of Esslingen based on an historical novel that takes place in the town in the 14th Century
I hope you've had a good month and will find plenty to enjoy in July.