My apartment situation continues to be elusive, although today I got an email from my new contact telling me to call the building maintenance man to arrange a time to pick up the keys. I did this and he was surprised that I wanted to move in so soon. He told me he didn't have a set of keys available for me yet, but asked that I call back on Monday. So I've extended my stay here with the Italians another week, and hopefully by next weekend I'll finally be able to move to my new place. I can't believe this apartment situation has taken so long – I thought for sure I would have a place to call my own by now.
I'm staying in tonight and not doing anything special this weekend. I'm in a holding pattern, or at least that's how it feels. At least the job is going really well. In the first week of February they're going to fly me and a few coworkers to Zurich to hang out with the clients face to face, which should be cool.
I continue to learn new things the longer I am in Germany. Yesterday I discovered that I can get money back for returning bottles at the grocery store. You put them through a hole in the wall and a little computer below the hole tabulates how much money you get back. This is great! I have a big bag with tons of beer bottles that I've been collecting to recycle, and tomorrow I'm going to haul them over to the grocery store. I'm hoping I can get enough back in deposits to pay for breakfast. We shall see... :)