Monday, December 14, 2009

In Germany

We made it safely to Germany. The plane ride was ok. Voss slept about 6 hours, Zenon a couple hours, Cindy zero. We arrived in Munich around 11AM. After spending a couple hours underground in the subway like a family of moles trying to figure out the symbols on the signs, we finally made it outside to the freezing cold (note to self...the symbol with the box and two people in it is the "elevator" and the WC stands for "water closet" -bathroom). Just as we got outside, it started to snow.
We were looking forward to some good beer and some bratwurst.

We made it over to the center of town where the Christmas village is located. Christmas decorations are everywhere. Every store has an elaborate christmas display in the window. Hundreds of little booths are set up with giant cookies, chocolates, Christmas ornaments, sausages and Gluhwein (hot spiced wine we were calling glue wine) were for sale.
Stores seemed to only sell one type of item- i.e.wooden toys, fancy beer steins, knives, scarves, etc..

It just doesn't seem like Germany is feeling much of the recession because every adult was drinking the $10 glue wine and every child had a giant cookie tied around their neck. We made it over to the Haufbrau house for a giant pretzel and an even more giant beer and a plate of sausages. It is surprising to see how many Germans still wear Leiderhosen (sp?).

Back at the Hotel, we were all passed out at 5:30 PM only to wake-up at 11:30 PM. For some reason, Zenon thought it was 5AM and started to get ready. So, we put on some meditation music and tried to go back to sleep. By the way Voss was jumping on the bed, you would have thought I just put in a workout video. After a couple hours, we were all asleep again.

We finally woke up at 10AM and we are now on the "Polar Express" going to the North Pole(a.k.a. Nuremburg). It is supposed to be a very Christmasy town with a bif wall allthe way around it and decorations
Voss is hoping to see Santa and a few reindeer. He knows he won't see any elves since they are very busy this time of year.


Anonymous said...

HI HI HI!!!!!!
I love you guys so much, and will be following your blog every day!!! Good luck with everything!

Huge smooches,

Anonymous said...

Glad you are there and adjusting to jetlag with beer and bratwurst. Dido Johann would have been proud of you! Give Vossy a big hug and lots of kisses from Baba and Dido.

Anonymous said...

Good luck to all of you...this is so exciting again.. Just like last time, I will follow along on this adventure of yours. Take care, and know that we are all thinking of you and wishing you God Speed.

Love Sharon & Walt

Mike said...

Zenon with a humongous wiener next to his face. make...inappropriate...comments...

Rita said...

I love the pictures of Germany... reminds me of 1998! Good luck on your journey to come.

brianna said...

Ahahaa! Zen with the sausage! Wow, all the architecture is amazing. It looks freezing, but you guys look cozy in your cold weather clothes. Very cool photos.

The Issels said...

Mike! Come on! Why do you think I took that picture! I figured Andy would make a comment about that one to!