We (Sandy and I) landed safely in Frankfort. After many stairs and miles searching, we finally found for the Bahn (train) to Heidelberg. We were picked up by Thomas and Miriam (employees) in Heidelberg and driven to this magnificent castle, Kommandantenhaus Dilsberg, which sits on the very top of the hill.
Along the way they pointed out the closest supermarket which is in Neckarsteinach the next town over. After we arrived we were shown to our apartment, the “studio” which consists of a room the size of my bathroom, the laundry room, (thank god we have laundry on the premises) and tried for approximately an hour to get the Internet working. I think I stressed them out about it so badly because later on that day Thomas showed up and tried again. Yesterday after a few phone calls a technician showed up and got it going.
Getting back to the first day, Miriam had to leave because she only works half a day (that would last not even 10 minutes in NY.) It was Monday, nothing was open and we had very little food, ( bread and butter to be exact.) We did have coffee so that was good. Yesterday we tackled the bus to Neckarsteinach and did some food shopping. We will have to find a better market. This one wasn’t very good. They had some vegetables and I’m being generous by saying some. That will be one of our next ventures.
So here we are in this beautiful place and all alone for the night. Kind of reminded me of being in Transylvania, waiting for Dracula to come any moment. We were told to make sure we locked the doors. There is this one door in my room that they told me NEVER to open. I suppose since this place stems from medieval times they either have the remains of peasants who owed money or people they hid during World War Two and forgot to feed. Maybe that’s where all the noise is coming from. Sort of like being dropped from a space ship and then left on your own. Usually people are 9-5 in residencies, or at least someone is around….but no one was around.
Anyway, needless to say it’s been a bit challenging getting started but I have high hopes. My good friend Claudia told me she had the same experience when she first arrived. She said it’s a very highly regarded residency, but I suppose after we sort out the studio spaces, projectors, etc, we will be good.
Ivan will be back soon. I still need a bit more time to acclimate before I start to work. Looking forward to wondering around Heidelberg today.