Home after one year: did anything change at all?

So on the 31st of July we flew home after having been away for exactly one year. We were thinking that a lot of things would have changed, but very rapidly we found out that, no, in fact everything is still exactly the same. People still complain about their jobs, road works in Germany are still going on (we are seriously wondering if anybody still remembers what the goal of those road works is since they started 4 years ago…) and the grass is still green. Now this is normal, because while we were experiencing so many new things and learning a lot, “life at home” just kept on running.

But when we scratched a little bit under the surface, we quickly get to see, that indeed some things changed…

One quite surprising observation is that Vera reads newspapers now. And even the boring parts of it, like politics! It’s probably not due to her great interest in it, but because now that she knows where some countries are on the map (she is one of those persons who, “if she hasn’t been there, doesn’t know where it is…”) and even knows some of their history (“some” not too much at once, hey! ;-) ) she actually makes the effort to open a newspaper from time to time and check on those particular countries. :-)

At closer inspection we also found out that our bank account had changed: from “a lot” to “almost empty”! ;-)

When we restarted our computers after a year, quite some updates were due…

And finally, we also found out, after long and very precise research, that everybody got exactly one year older! ;-)

Vera & Jean-Christophe


  1. Vera
    Posted August 27, 2008 at 18:09 | Permalink

    And now that we have been seeing some friends in Darmstadt we can also say that a lot of babies got born! Geez! Quite impressive the number of new faces we had to meet! Oh and just for information: in our friends and family-circle, 10 couples are pregnant or got a baby while we were away!!!

  2. Posted August 28, 2008 at 19:00 | Permalink

    hihihi c’est trop rigolo… surtout que euh…je crois pas vous l’avoir dit… mais euh… =D

    nous c’est prévu pour janvier 2009 ;-)

    si tu vois ce que je veux dire!

  3. Posted August 28, 2008 at 19:02 | Permalink

    et au fait j’espère que le retour n’est pas trop “rude”, ça doit quand même faire un changement, après 1 an à crapahuter, de se poser un peu! quelles sont les dates pour la Patagonie à vélo? si au passage vous voulez passer par la Gwada, nous somme pas très loin de l’Amérique du Sud ,-)

  4. Vera
    Posted August 30, 2008 at 22:31 | Permalink

    @Melanie: We will be leaving the 14th of September for Santiago de Chile and will return the 10th of December. :-)

    Et sinon: noooooooon!?!?! T’es enceinte aussi?
    Felicitations!!!! :-)