We finished the summer program with the girls Friday afternoon, then hopped on a plane to get out of Beirut for a while. And not a moment too soon, because apparently the workers at the electricity plant have decided to stop working, thus cutting off the few hours of electricity we were getting entirely.
It’s amazing how one’s definition of “paradise” changes depending on your life stage. I was always a beach gal. Give me lots of sun, sand and water and I was in heaven. But since we’ve been living in Beirut and added babies to our family, that’s changed. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good beach vacation, but really, what is really perfect for us right now is not long days in the sun. Rather, cooler temps, green grass, playgrounds – now that is paradise for us!
So we are spending the week in Kandern, Germany, a small town in the Black Forest, near the borders of Switzerland and France. We are staying in a friend’s apartment while she is in the States. We’re taking naps. We’re watching the Olympics. We’ve got the windows open and all we hear is the occasional bird chirp. We’ve visited three of the four playgrounds in the town and had a treat at the ice cream parlor twice. And the weather is so beautiful that our little Beiruti is wearing leg warmers, a fleece jacket and wondering if it’s snowing. (For the record, the rest of us are in short sleeves – it’s been between 70-80 degrees! :))
Now that’s paradise!