"Part 3" of Stephen and Alison's International Exploration ("Part 1" being teaching in Khon Kaen and "Part 2" traveling in Southeast Asia) has held a multitude of grandiose adventures for us. I can't believe it was just last month we were in Thailand. The vast differences between Asia and Europe and having to re-adapt to a western culture and lifestyle (no need to second guess what to do with that toilet paper anymore!) has made it feel like it was ages ago. I am still astounded by how little karaoke we actually enjoyed in "The Land of Smiles and Karaoke". Nonetheless, many smiles (and tears, too, if I am to be honest) have made their appearance throughout and I feel blessed by all of the gifts this experience has given me.
We've made quite a few trips by train here in Germany. I've attended an EAGALA conference in Kaiserslautern, visited Stephen's Omi in her historical hometown of Straubing, visited Stephen's cousin in Neumarkt, took a stroll through Nuremberg, visited Roßtal to witness the home of my Nüchterlein ancestors, saw Tenacious D in concert (dream come true), swam and rutschte (slipped) down slides at a waterpark, and of course, explored the beautiful city of Munich. We've been very fortunate to have the opportunity to stay here in Germany as long as we have. We're very appreciative of Stephen's family here in Regensburg, who have generously allowed us to stay with them.
EAGALA Equine Assisted Therapy Conference
Up close and personal.
Enjoying a beer on the platz.
Stephen and his Omi walking along the Danube in Straubing.
Revisiting old stomping grounds in Munich.
Where Stephen and Kyle lived a few years back.
Biergarten in Munich's English Gardens.
Beer, a super-sized pretzel and some beer cheese.
At the Augustiner-Keller Biergarten.
Overlooking Kati's city, Neumarkt.
Wolfstein Castle ruins.
Climbing up the tower.
From the top.
Looking down on the ruins.
Nüchterlein, the husband of Ruth, who welcomed us into her home to help us learn more about the Nüchterlein family.
Nüchterlein relative and discover more about my Nüchterlein ancestry. Ruth married into the family, to Friedrich, who did a lot of research on the Nüchterlein family. Ruth showed us a book about the history of the Nüchterlein family (including their movement to America in the 1800's) written by Hans Nüchterlein, as well as some other documents. What a unique experience. She even sent us on our way with a bag full of apples and chocolate!
The Glockenspiel from up high.
Two tickets to see Tenacious D in Munich!
Germany has been amazing. It has not only met my expectations--but exceeded them. I am really sad to leave. However...next stop--Austria!