The strangest thing about working from Europe is that, for most of my work day, all the emails I get are from myself.
I’ve never been very good at “working from home” — it takes a fair amount of focus and discipline, so I usually reserve it for when I have an urgent deadline, and the urgency itself provides the structure. So far, though — that is, one day in, really — I’ve been able to apply myself reasonably well. I think it helps that I know that people will start coming online around 5pm, and if I haven’t gotten anything done by then, I’ll have let them down. A little pressure never hurt anyone!
That’s the view from my desk window… When M. came home last night, he laughed at me for opening the curtain. “What,” he wondered, “do you dislike curtains?” “Um, no,” I replied. “I just wanted to look at the view!” I suppose it’s possible to become jaded about anywhere once you’ve lived there for a while.
The other nice thing about staying home during the day is that I have better options for running errands. There are a number of small business in the medieval town just down the hill; yesterday I left to pick up some bread before the bakery closed at 6pm and calculated it as a 5-6 min. walk. And the neighborhood winery has “wein verkauf” at their “wein pavillion” — that’s also only a few minutes away, but in a different direction.
We’ve been trying the “Trollinger Lemberger” varietals, which is apparently a classic wine blend for this region. Somewhat similar to a pinot noir, it is a very translucent red wine, with a light summery flavor — perhaps a little bit *too* drinkable!