Back in my home country, I immediately started indulging myself with the things I missed out on for almost a year: Brőtchen (bread rolls)
This experience on our first day was almost compensation enough already for all the preparations we had to do in weeks coming up to this trip. And a home swap does require a lot of organization and preparation in advance. Having people come to stay in our home, our home owner’s pride takes over and makes us spruce up the house, even clean corners that otherwise stay untouched for months. If you go away for a while, you need to prep your garden or at least organize somebody to do it in your absence.
Since we have multiple swaps back to back there is even more organization involved: have the house cleaned in between visitors and make sure how they get access to your home. On the other side of the pond we needed to arrange for car rentals and hotels to bridge over between the individual swaps.
Sitting outside in a Biergarten (beer garden)
PS. Tomorrow my son is bringing the long awaited Spargel(white asparagus).No, the green one Does Not compare!