We have now moved to our second of three apartments. This time a University Guest House in Marienburg. “Do you know this neighborhood?” asked the cab driver as we pulled into the neighborhood. All I knew was that it was on the Rhein and that it was a “nice” neighborhood. “Most expensive part of Köln,” he said. “You can tell by the cars.” The cars that lived behind gated driveways, that is. We're fairly convinced that someone must have left their giant mansion to the university and they converted it into guest units. Our flat here is quite roomy and spacious, though dragging all our suitcases up to the 4th floor was a little work. We've embraced the video function of our digital camera, so we'll let the little movie below give you a feel for our new apartment... (why is it that whenever I hear myself on a video I immediately feel like that bossy 8-year-old sharing her favorite doll with everyone at her birthday party.... I guess it's the price I have to pay to show you all our new place). What the video doesn't show you is that, for the first and perhaps only time in our lives, we live in a neighborhood where infa-red security cameras guard houses with horse-drawn-carriage parking. True some giant houses have been turned into multiple unit dwellings or even offices, but not the majority. But hey, its a very fine place for a walk, and a block or so to the Rhein, where running/biking paths go on for kilometers.
Now that we're on the subject of our new place and of videos, I must mention that the shape of our apartment has made me start singing the song "Angle Dance." For those of you unaware of "Square One TV," the greatest show ever about math, here's a sampling. Don't worry, I won't be posting a new version of the video starring me!