This view shows the street outside our building ("gastdozentenhaus" if you speak any German) looking towards the Schloss ("palace"). You can see a portion of the Schloss at the end of the street. Beyond the building on the right hand side of the street and the Schloss, half of downtown Karlsruhe is composed of extensive and lovely parks with greenhouses and exercise opportunities. With the sub-zero weather currently, we have not yet started exploring the parks.
This is how the kitchen looks when I am preparing a meal in it. Note how the dish drainer has been stood on its end to make maximum space for food prep. What looks like sliced onions is actually shallots to give you an idea of scale. The first dinner prepared in this kitchen was Hungarian Goulash-style pork, spaetzle (store-bought and warmed up) and brussels sprouts with walnuts and walnut oil (an old favorite). By dint of continual clean-up, it's just barely possible to cook for two in this space.
This is the most adorable little kitchen ever. Sink, counter, stove. Microwave, but no oven. No dishwasher (except me). The coffeemaker must be stashed when not in use or there's no space to do anything else! Just beyond the kitchen is the bathroom--literally, just for bathing since we have a separate toilet room on the other side of the entrance hall. The tub is of generous depth and length and has a lovely shower attachment as well.
Above is our soothingly uncluttered bedroom. Note the down comforter, lack of top sheets, and attractive but uncooperative down pillow. As soon as your head meets this pillow, all the feathers escape from under your head. I have developed a containment strategy for the down involving folding and kneading techniques I learned from making bread.
Happy to say our trip went smoothly. We are ensconced in our little flat on the metro-university campus a stone's throw from the palace at the center of Karlsruhe, and we are conquering jetlag. Shown to the left is our living/dining room before we've had time to mess it up. We have already rearranged the furniture. The dining table unfolds and we are permanently keeping it expanded so that I can use it as a desk when we're not dining.