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Down Time in Germany

Taking a break from travels

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We promised Tobias that we’d visit and stay a couple of days.

A little about Tobias: he was an exchange student of ours when the boys were in high school. His age is between Clayton and Justin. He stayed with us for 1 year. Tobias lives in Germany not far from Munich with his wife and 3 girls.

For 2 days we just hung out, doing laundry, helping where we could and playing with the girls.

Tobias’ parents, who we got to know several years ago, came for dinner one night and they made Livercheese. The dish is neither liver or cheese but rather minced veal, pork and other things. It is sold in a baking pan and when it is baked the top forms a crust, looking like a loaf of bread. That served with pretzels, beer and potato salad make for a true Bavarian meal.

Tobias’ mother makes the best potato salad, so I was thrilled that she brought some. She uses potatoes, cucumbers, radishes, oil and vinegar. I’ll try to find the recipe when I return home then will post it.

It has rained most of the time we have been in Germany so the down time has been very welcomed.

Posted by Miss Chris 14:51 Archived in Germany Tagged rain travel europe munich Comments (0)

Strikes and Rain Interupt Travel

A Strike cancels trains, rain plays havoc on Munich

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Off to Munich, first leaving Sunny off at the train station in Nuremburg. This was the beginning of the circus. Sunny was to travel from Nuremburg to Frankfurt to Brussels.

We were told to wait for someone to help us but help wasn’t arriving. Someone else came along and led the way to the platform which we could have negotiated without help. Then the train was going to be 40 min late and she was going to miss her connection in Frankfurt.

We made it down to the information desk, which by now was packed. We were told that there were strikes so she would need to take the late train to Frankfurt, transfer to Koln then take a bus to Brussels. They could not give us an ETA.

I was beside myself. Sunny would need to get around in her wheelchair, alone, without her grandma! But she assured me that she would be fine and besides we had already paid for the ticket. She started trying to reach Charlotte, our Belgium friend who would pick her up.

We went back to the platform and there, the employee to help, was looking for us. He had been searching the terminal. The train had changed tracks so the car would be at the totally opposite end from where we were. He pushed and we ran, getting her on the train in the nick of time.
Turns out that the strikes were in Belgium.

We drove on to Munich for an afternoon there, we were going to our exchange student’s house for the night as I never got anything arranged.

As we got to Munich it rained off and on. We found a place to park, put on our rain jackets and went on our way. We walked to the Englisher Gardens to eat lunch in the beer garden with the Chinese Pagoda, but alas, there was only one stand open for food. They had only 3 wieners warmed and no bread. We bought 2 and walked back to the square. At the square we sat down at an outdoor restaurant with a view of the square. The rain started down so hard that people just scattered. The waiter even sat down at a table near us and visited with the people there while the rain poured.IMG_20140630_144102_784.jpg

Finally the rain tapered off; "no you can’t have coffee because the machine isn’t working", "yes I’ll come back and get your food order". I went across the square and got a cappuccino to go. Came back to our seats when Dale said the waiter had finally said we should go to another restaurant because the food was better at the one around the corner. By this time we’d wasted 2 hours in that place. The food was better at the next restaurant, although there the Bavarian meatloaf was like a big hunk of spam. Elias' lung soup was actually very tasty.
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It was outside this restaurant that I finally got some internet. Charlotte had sent me a message asking where Sunny was. I didn’t know. Then she said that her brother had just told her that he saw an accident on the highway and a bus from Koln was involved. OMG I about had a heart attack. But it was about 10 minutes later and the bus arrived safe and sound.

We went on to Tobias’ house and sure enough he was home. He’d sent a message that I never got, he would make dinner and we were stuffed. But the sausages he made were so extra good that we just kept stuffing, Bel ate 6 of them. He also made a mean sauerkraut that I’ll try when we get home.

Had to watch the World Cup with the Germans!

Posted by Miss Chris 10:20 Archived in Germany Tagged rain beer travel germany outside europe munich englisher_garden Comments (0)

Living Through More Storms

Sitting out the tropical storm, tornado warnings/watches, rains

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In California we don’t have many tornados and in Central California we don’t have a ton of rain, so it is that the weather has been unnerving for me.

I waited out Hurricane Irene in Fredericksburg, VA with no power and lots of wind and rain. Not real bad, I’d sat out Hurricane Ike while living in my RV in Nola. Figured that being in a motel would be a little better and it was.

Moving up to Annapolis was fine, we had power and everything was open. Fine that is until Tropical Storm Lee came by to visit for a few days.

It rained for about 3 days straight and the rain poured down, so hard. On one occasion I ran from my car up to my room and my clothes were soaked. I had so much water running down my hair that I had to take a shower to stop the dripping. I had thought that I’d not take a shower but then when sweat started running into my eyes I decided otherwise.

Out on the roads driving was a mess. Roads were flooded, I had to drive in the middle of the road. The rain was coming down so hard that it was impossible to see sometimes, wipers had to run full blast.

Night before last we had a tornado warning, or watch, they are both the same to me. I became more and more nervous as the evening wore on. Where would I hide, how do I protect myself? Dale said to get by a wall but I was thinking more of a center room. A TV program told me to get into the center of the place. I put my camera bag, tripod, purse, shoes and car keys in the bathroom while I went into the front of my room in order to sleep with my flashlight by my side.

It was very unnerving to sit out the storm, especially for this chicken! Rain poured so hard and at one point the thunder roared for nearly an hour straight. I looked up tweets on Weather.com and found that others were tweeting what I was seeing so I knew that I wasn’t along.

Finally all of the warnings or watches lifted. I went to sleep and woke up to another day of rain.

Posted by Miss Chris 04:08 Archived in USA Tagged rain thunder tornado_watch tornado_warning tropical_storm Comments (0)

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