Now that I live in Belgium, I'm only allowed to have my teeth cleaned once a year. The dental clinic isn't equipped to handle bi-annual dental cleanings. This is torture for me. I enjoy having my teeth cleaned. S on the other hand gets the total royal treatment! He's allowed a dental cleaning quarterly! The catch is he has to drive to Germany for two of those visits. So when S scheduled an appointment for last Friday we decided to make the most of it & spend the weekend in Germany.
Going back to Germany always makes me happy & brings back good memories. We spent most in favorite city, Heidelberg. The weather was awesome so we spent most of our time walking around the castle & University area, eating great German food and visiting our favorite local shops.
We even drove through the town of Alsbach, where we spent our first 3 years together after we got married. The area hasn't changed much in the last 15 years except for a few more houses on the hill top and the little castle we could easily see from the bottom of the hill isn't so visible. It felt weird seeing the house we used to live in.
Never did I think I'd see this view again. No matter how many times I drove or walked up this hill I never got tired of seeing this view. Living in Southern California for so many years, I wasn't used to living in an area as lush and green as Germany.
As we drove around this weekend I kept thinking how I didn't fully appreciate the time I lived in Germany. Since it was my first time being away from home I spent the first few months so caught up with missing my old home I missed out on what my new home offered.
Why is it that we don't truly appreciate what we have until it's gone.