Lets be Locals

Trip Start Apr 04, 2011
Trip End Jun 14, 2011

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Flag of Germany  , Rhineland-Palatinate,
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The next few days were spent closer to the city center, relaxing and taking in a bit of a slower lifestyle after all of our traveling around lately. After a late morning to sleep off the adventures of the night before, we decided to head back to the Stadtfest in Mannheim for the afternoon to see what was happening at the festival during the day. We were not disappointed, the music was in full swing all up and down the street and this time we made it all the way to the other end. Lunch was a brotwurst on a bun, washed down with a cold Pilsner while we wound our way through the crowds (no easy feat with a baby stroller on a street with tracks). On the far opposite end of the festival was the main stage, setup in front of the town's water tower. By this time Max needed a break from the stroller so we found a quiet, shady section of the park behind the water tower to spread out a blanket and let him have his lunch. As it turns out this was a great people watching spot too because it was apparently against the rules to walk, stand, sit or play on the main grass area of the park. Over the course of an hour we watched a group of Polizei walk circles around the park chasing off Germans and tourists alike who dared to step foot on the lawn.

On Monday Amy, James, and Max ventured out to the part of town with the restaurant in the giant wine barrel while Della and I decided to lay low and get a few things done around the apartment and explore a little bit close to home on our own. Grocery shopping is always interesting in a new country and we hadn’t attempted to make European tacos since France so we spent some time wandering the grocery aisles to find what we needed. Luckily they had "California Wraps" which is a fancy way of saying tortillas, but we had to substitute emmentaler cheese (which we know well from France), and “Chili con Carne” seasoning for taco seasoning. All in all though, dinner was a great success even if it wasn’t the Mexican food we’re used to.

Tuesday we decided to have a picnic on the Rhine in a spot that Amy and James had visited before. We stopped on our way to pick up some essentials then headed towards the river. When we had nearly reached our destination Mother Nature decided we had had enough good weather and it started to rain. Since we were going to see the new shopping mall anyway, we walked another block and soon were dry inside, checking out the vast shopping options. Since our original picnic spot was not going to work out, we found a table outside of a coffee shop where James had stopped for a drink and we had our picnic indoors instead. By the time we finished the rain had stopped so we were able to finish our walk along the riverfront and I got to walk down and put my toes in the cold water. It looks like we might be spending the rest of today indoors, but that’s ok since we planned spaghetti for dinner tonight!
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