Settling into Wertingen
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Walter's small flat was in Hochstadt on the Donau (Danube) River. He set me up to stay at Benno's place - another Bavarian that I had met in Cambodia. His house was about seven miles away in Wertingen, about 95 kilometers northwest from Munich. Its nearest major town was Augsburg, about 30 kilometers to the southeast. Like all the towns I had seen in Germany, Wertingen was neat, clean, and orderly. The town of about nine thousand people was surrounded by green rolling hills, farms, and pine forests. Just outside of town, toward the Donau, several small lakes surrounded by thick woods offered swimming, fishing, or basking in the sun. Just about every sunny afternoon would find Walter and Benno at the lake along with other friends, several of whom I had also met in Cambodia.
Benno had a comfortable place on a hilltop street lined with steep-roofed cottage-like homes. The house was just a few blocks from the town center. With his children grown and gone, along with both ex-wives, he was in the process of finding a smaller place. A black iron gate between the house and garage led to a fine back yard which had trees, shrubbery, and a small garden. An outdoor table and chairs provided a nice spot for coffee in the morning or beers on sunny days. The glass door leading into the living room was designed to open as either a regular door or tilt inward from the bottom to open as a vent. The downstairs also included Benno's room, a spacious kitchen, and a bathroom. Wide spiral stairs with an easy step led to three vacant bedrooms and a bath upstairs. With windows on two walls, my room had plenty of natural light and fresh air.