In a classic “Princess and the Pea” fashion, I’m now biting my tongue and regretting what I said earlier about Germany being a place of perpetual cold. Although my first three weeks here lingered around a crisp 55-65F, this week saw some balmy 80s and 90s. This is nothing exciting compared to what I’m used to in South Carolina or Florida, but it’s still considered a massive heat wave here if you ask the locals. I’m ashamed to say that I can only agree with them, simply because Germans apparently don’t believe in air conditioning, so you never really get a break from the heat!
Even with the fluctuating weather, these past few days have been nothing short of wonderful. With the Summer Auction over with, the horses are gradually trickling out and off to their new homes, ranging from local owners, to Spain, Mexico and America.
Since there are less and less horses to work every day, it’s been making for some very quiet work hours. In true efficient German style, we work from 7am to noon, followed by a two-hour lunch break, and then come back to finish the day until 5pm.
On Wednesday, we had a grilling party for Romy’s birthday (one of the dressage riders) and a paintball excursion with the staff to celebrate, followed by another barbecue on Saturday for Daniel’s belated birthday. I found it interesting that you’re expected to plan and cater your own party when it’s your birthday, here, instead of friends and family organizing it like we traditionally would in America.
To finish the week today, I decided to spend the afternoon in Hamburg!
With the connections added on, I spent a total of 4 hours commuting via train, but it was oh so worth it. I can’t wait to come back; Hamburg is such a classy city full of delicious restaurants, fascinating history, incredible architecture, friendly locals and breathtaking scenery.
All in all, I can’t complain about my week of summer sunshine, perfectly grilled meats, excellent company, fun sightseeing and shorter work days!