Let The Tears Commence--Things I will miss about Germany 30 Day Countdown

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Day 6: I've been keeping time with these church bells for the last (almost) 5 years. The bells ring every 15 minutes; one ding at 15, 2 at 30, 3 at 45 and 4 on the hour  plus an additional number of bells depending on the actual time. The bells begin ringing at 6am (except on Saturday we get an extra hour) and they stop ringing at 10pm. At 5 minutes to 8:00am they start ringing something fierce, as if to call everyone to morning mass. I like this bell because it tells me I've got 5 more minutes before we need to leave the house in the morning.

For the first couple of years I could lay down for a nap with no fear of oversleeping because I could hear the bells and know when it was time to get up. Now, my brain is just used to them and I can sleep right through them.

Every time I leave my house for a run I look up at the clock and then again when I return. I am really going to miss my bell tower, it's beautiful dings and dongs and I will especially miss its 10 minute ringing in of the new year.
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  1. There is nothing like the bells ringing out through the cities and villages in Europe - we seem far too 'sterile' here in the US after the music that wafts into our hearts across the pond.

  2. I can just imagine how you'll miss those bells. Maybe the muezzin will replace them in your heat? #travelphotothursday

  3. Oh, you will miss them for sure! It's been 17 years since I lived in Germany and I still miss them. But, occasionally you will pass by a church that rings their bells and your heart will skip a beat with joy! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!

  4. Oh you have loads of memories, but you'll make new ones. Soon you'll be writing about missing hearing the calls to prayer.

  5. Glad I found your blog, I like travel stories.