German´s 30th B-day party and being a ´local´
Trip Start May 15, 2007
7Trip End Jun 04, 2007
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There are so many wonderful stories and tales along the way but as I am compiling 11 jam-packed days stories into two entries I am going to give everyone an overview. One example was on the train down to meet Chris I borrowed a man´s cell phone to tell Chris when I would arrive. On his cell phone screen he had a photo of a BMW motorcycle similar to the one I bought 2 years ago and did Europe on. We talked for several hours about motorcycles which turned a boring train ride into a very enjoyable one. I will skip these from here on but keep in mind each day several of these wonderful experiences happened.
Chris picked me up at the train station and we went back to there wonderful new house they just completed building in November. It is a absolutely gorgeous house in a tiny town outside the college town of Bayreuth where they both are teachers. Claudia´s (his wife) and his parents were all there and we enjoyed chatting over desserts. That evening 30-40 people showed up for Claudia´s 30th B-day party. I enjoyed learning German and allowing the kids at the same time to hone up on their English. We grilled out, drank some great German beer, and enjoyed everyone´s company until early hours of the morning. I woke up the next day later than normal as the jet lag and time difference was still in effect. We spent the afternoon cleaning up and then went down to the school to test out a new rock climbing wall they were installing. That evening we watch a movie and called it a night. The next day Chris and I took the mountain bikes out on the rolling hills and forest for a 6 hour bike ride. We went through amazing forests, through rolling wheat fields, tiny little German farm towns, and it was overall an amazing day of riding. That evening we met up with their friends to enjoy a true German Schnitzel at a great outdoor restaurant. We had a wonderful meal, complimented by just as wonderful of weather. One of the friend´s daughter who is in Kindergarten, taught me how to count in German, which was a hoot. I went out to their friend´s bar and then to a night club where we danced the night away. We enjoyed breakfast at his friend´s restaurant in the morning and I caught my train to Bremen, Germany where I would start my week long MBA study abroad program. Photos to be posted once I am back.