Struck by the uncharacteristic warmth and absence of wind last night, we bundled everyone into the car for dinner on a hill above the city. Other people had the same idea- I spotted an older couple sitting on camp chairs eating a three course meal with wine glasses and all.
When you are above the hustle and bustle and looking out for specific places ('there's my school, that's mama's office, that's where I play soccer', etc) you get an entirely different take on the whole place.
And all the while, the cicadas screech in the trees. Quite beautiful.
In the photo above, you can see the new addition to our family. Tom's cousin R has been living with us since the new year. We built a little sleep-out for her over the summer, and she is studying her last year of high school far away from her home in northern Germany.
I like seeing the city (and in some ways, our culture) anew through her eyes.