Germany: Part 3

Hello everyone! I hope that you are having a fantastic day today! Now I will continue where I left off last time. Enjoy!
Thursday, July 2, 2015. This morning, Caleb had a checkup. All went well, and afterwards we went to have some brunch. I have to say that I am falling in love with German breakfasts. I mean who doesn’t love bread, meat, cheese, and jams?
breafast before & after
After our delicious brunch (where I tried salmon. I loved it!), we walked around for a little bit, & I got this super cute picture of Mogi & Caleb!
Mogi & Caleb 2
That afternoon Kristyn, Caleb, and I hung around the house, and Mogi went to work. Then after dinner, Mogi took me to an organ concert in an old monastery. We both agreed that while it was really cool, it lasted way to long. After the concert, we walked around the wall surrounding the monastery. It was cool to look through the windows & see some houses. It was also beginning to get dark, so I got to capture the sunset. It was pretty magnificent!
Monastery

Sunset from the wall

picture from a window on the wall surrounding the monastery
As we were driving home, Mogi asked if I wanted ice cream, so of course the answer was yes! He parked, then we walked to the same ice cream shop that Kristyn, Caleb, and I ate at a few days before. But this time I wanted chocolate, so I got this massive bowl of chocolate ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. It was pretty amazing!
chocolate ice cream
As we were walking back to the car, Mogi ran into some friends. To avoid being awkward, I snapped this shot of Schwäbisch Hall at night. I personally really like it because of the watery reflection & the sky.
Schwäbisch Hall @ night

Friday, July 3, 2015. Today, Kristyn, Caleb, and I took a tour of the Neuenstein Castle. It was really interesting to see the old furniture (most of it older than the United States), the huge dance hall that had pictures painted on the ceiling, the old weaponry, and the old dirty, dusty kitchen. There were all kinds of paintings of family members & soldiers (most of them had the creepy eye thing where it seems like they follow you wherever move).
me & Neuenstein Castle

wall of castle

Neuenstein Castle
For lunch, we joined Mogi’s mother & her friend again. This time she made cheese spätzle. This is one of the most common ways to prepare it. It was really good, as all it was just cheese & noodles.
cheese spätzle
That afternoon, I introduced Caleb to goldfish. He really liked them!
Caleb eating goldfish

Caleb eating goldfish 2
For dinner, we had leftovers. Then we went outside on the balcony to play a dice game called 10,000 (also called Farkle). It was very complicated for how late it was, and I had never played it before. All you need are 6 dice, a sheet of paper, & a writing utensil. I found this link to a good set of rules and even a DIY tray.
Saturday, July 4, 2015. Happy Birthday America!! Today was a pretty relaxed day. We had brunch with Mogi’s parents. In the afternoon we tried to go to a flea market, but there were only 4 or 5 stands open that day. It was also unbelievably hot that day, so I’m sure that was part of the reason. For dinner we BBQ some sausages & hamburgers in honor of America & ate outside. As we were eating, Kristyn told Mogi, his parents, and Gabriel (Mogi’s friend) that we were celebrating Independence Day. Mogi then asked if we did anything special like sing the national anthem or anything. I then laughed and asked if he sang the German national anthem on German Unity Day. He did not. That night after they put Caleb to bed, we watched Avatar. It was my first time watching it, and it was incredibly long. I think I may have to watch it again to get a better understanding of the movie & the message to solidify my take on it.
Sunday, July 5, 2015. We had a lazy morning. Then, in the afternoon, Mogi wanted to take me to a castle ruin. As we were driving, all I could think about was the fact that Germany & Kentucky have the same landscape. Both of them have hills abundant, trees galore, and luscious green things everywhere you look (and if not, it’s a corn field).
Germany or Kentucky 1

Germany or Kentucky 3
See what I mean? The landscapes could be twins, but then you turn your head and see the red-shingled roofs & realize that you are not in Kentucky anymore. We eventually made it to Burg Weibertreu in Weinsberg. We went up one way thinking that it was the way to go, but then a barricade at the top of the stairs told us otherwise. So then we went around another way. We started climbing uphill and were almost to the top when I started to feel nauseous. We had not eaten lunch yet & we had climbed a lot of stairs previously, so that is what I attribute to that yucky feeling. I felt much better as we sat to rest in the vineyards surrounding the ruin & I got this cool picture!
vineyard where I almost died
We finished climbing the monstrous hill and made it to the top. It was a place full of history and crazy stories. I couldn’t fully enjoy it as I was still felt a little sick. However, I persevered through and walked around the area. There was a cool arch way, a huge stone wall (it had hooks on it, so I assume that some people rock climb on it), lots of towers, and more stairs.

stonewall @ vineyard of deathme & stonewall @ vineyard of deathme & tall tower @ vineyard of deathThank you to all who read my posts & comment on them! It really does help a whole lot!! I only have about a week left here, but I am a week behind on my dates. So you can expect four more Germany Updates in the following weeks!

With so much love,

Rebekah 🙂

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