Meeting up with friends!
Trip Start Sep 03, 2011
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I arrived to Ulm by train on Saturday evening to see these friends. Nina met me at the train station and we walked into a department store where Silke was working and she knew I was coming but had no idea if it was this month or next so she was pretty surprised to see me. They told me they were going to take me to the October Fest in one of the small villages outside of Ulm and show me how the farmers really like to do it. They said it would be 7 girls and myself and asked if that was ok with me?! Haha I was positive that was ok! We met at Katrin's parent's house and had a great visit with her mother and father. The reason for the October Fest is a celebration of harvest for the year. In the city of Munich the fest is huge and full of tourists and is over early in the night where in the village outside of Ulm it is a farmers party in one big tent about a quarter the size of the tents in Munich but full of local farmers ready to party, the beer was half the price and the party lasted twice as long! After the party Nina and I went to stay at her parent's house and they were great people.I can honestly say I had more fun at the village party than I did at the "real" October Fest.
The next day we woke up and they thought it would be a great idea to ride bicycles to go eat breakfast which was more like lunch because it was mid-day. I have never been a great cyclist, I prefer having a motor and I was not feeling all that well but when in Ulm...here we go! I was a little shaky on the bike and my friends laughing at me didn't make it any better. It had been a very long time since I had been on a bike so it took a while to get used to again and by the time I started to get used to it I was already tired of it. We road all over Ulm, the bike path by the river, through the park and through the oldest part of Ulm where we finally arrived at the restaurant. It was a beautiful ride and I really did enjoy it. We had our lunch and then went to the city center where the tallest church in the world stands! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulm_Minster It was amazing and it had 768 steps to the top of the steeple which we climbed! Remember this is the day after the farmer party and the same day as the bike ride so about a quarter of the way up I am beginning to look for a place to lay down and just die! But we made it to the top and it was such an awesome view of the city...well worth the climb. We then went back to Nina's place and took a much needed nap because they were going to have a dinner party for me at a restaurant in one of the small villages outside of Ulm that evening. There were also 8 girls at this dinner party but I had a wing man this time. It was great getting to hang out with everyone and we had a lot of good laughs at my attempts to speak German... they were very impressed.
The next day Nina,Silke,Max and I went for a drive through all of the small villages just seeing the rolling hills scattered with bright green farms amidst the forrest of trees. We see lots of tractors driving down the highway and and every once in a while I would see a wild deer. We stopped in a small village to eat some ice cream and by coincidence Silke's parents were in the same ice cream shop. Very nice people. The only parents of the four girls that I did not get to meet were Louisa's parents but I am certain they were great people as well. Germany is a beautiful place and is filled with awesome people. I do not mention the names of each small village for many good reasons. 1. They are hard to remember 2. They are hard to spell 3. There is one around every corner 4. We went to I don't know how many of them 5. They were so small they all met in the biggest village in the center to go to school 6. When they wanted to go to the city they would go to Ulm which was about a 30 minute drive through the beautiful hills covered with trees and farms.