Climb aboard this modern day journey to a foreign land. Join the authors, Cliff and Lynn Feightner as they uproot their comfortable upper middle class life, and take the plunge into a Foreign Service Assignment - while in their early 50’s. At a time when most people are moving their stock investments into bonds, and researching retirement communities, these intrepid adventurers sell everything that they have accumulated in their 40 years of marriage: Jaguar, home, furniture, Tupperware and clothing - and move bare-bones to Europe.
Cliff, after a very successful career at a Fortune 100 company, accepts his CIO’s challenge and moves onto the biggest, most adventurous, and funny journey of their lives. Travel with them as they set up home in a little village called Sandhausen, five kilometers south of Heidelberg Germany. Knowing none of the language, having had only a few weeks to learn the culture, and looking forward to driving to work at 140 miles per hour, they careen towards their future.
Lynn’s challenges included: the stove is in Celsius ; the power is all 220 ; what do you mean you don't refrigerate eggs (and what is that blood all over them); and the freezer won't hold four standard-sized shoe boxes !
Explore with them as they stumble through Germany, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, England, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France. With a rudimentary set of language skills, in a world that is covered in road signs in a foreign tongue, survive a major car crash; live in their flat in the winter as the windows are replaced (over a six week period). Drive the legendary ‘Romantic Road’, explore centuries old castles, savor 100 year-old libations, and discover cuts of meat in the Metzgerei that defy understanding, from an unidentifiable group of animals.
Walk with us on this roller-coaster ride of new beginnings, new understandings and new friends – set in a humorous, casual style. Views from Sandhausen: Experiences from a Foreign Service Assignment is the most recent, and one of the very few books on this misunderstood subject!