A Long Delayed Visit!

Trip Start May 28, 2010
Trip End Aug 02, 2010

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Tammy's Parents House

Flag of Germany  , Hesse,
Saturday, July 31, 2010

11 years ago, Tamara...Tammy...traveled to the United States to be a foreign exchange student in Oskaloosa with my family. She spent the year at Oskaloosa High School, and spent a lot of time with me, Avery and Natalie...although we were pretty little at the time. My memories from back then are scarce...but I do remember one night when Mom and Dad went out, and Tammy allowed us to pull the cushions off of the couches and play on them. It was a good time.

So, as the first Whitis ambassador to Germany, I report that things are going well for Tammy! =) And that the rest of my family needs to get over here quick. Dad...sign up for the Ironman in Frankfurt. You will have to wait until 2012, as 2011 sold out within hours of the opening of registration. But no matter. 2012 is actually perfect, because then we can all go to the Documenta in Kassel...a giant art exhibition from June 9 to September 16 in 2012!

Make plans. Haha. Perhaps?

So I spent two nights in Reddighausen, the small village (600 people) where Tammy grew up. It was very nice. The first morning, we went for a jog with her neighbor. Dad will enjoy this...we start running, and they are talking in German to each other. They started laughing, and I asked what they were laughing about. Tammy had just introduced me as the daughter of the couple who hosted her in the United States for a year. He said something along the lines of, "OH! The daughter of the famous man!"....because Dad, you have been pegged as the reason why Tammy does triathlons. Which is probably valid. I didn't know that you took her to Las Vegas in return for running her first marathon. That's motivating. =)

The run was great...although I turned back early. They were going about 5 miles, too much for me right now. But the whole running in clean air thing? That was awesome..

The food in Germany is great. I have been introduced to German style breakfasts...which are awesome. Thick wheat bread rolls covered in pumpkin seeds, an assortment of good jams (a relief after the pectin jams in Nepal), yogurt, good coffee...that's my kind of food. I am going to copy the spread as best as I can at home.

Dinner-wise, the food is also good. At Tammy's house, we had some pretty tasty stir-fry. We spent the next day in Frankfurt, seeing the sights of the city. Then we met Tammy's boyfriend's father, a man named Peter. He accompanied us to the art museum for a peek at a retrospective show on Kirchner. Expressionist art isn't always my jive...but I did like the show. His art grew on me while there...I walked out with an appreciation for it!

Dinner that evening in Frankfurt was good, although I became very aware of how messed up my internal clock has become. They all seemed hungry and were looking at the menu for soups and salads. I didn't feel hungry, and I thought it was around 5 or so...early for dinner. So I decided to just order a coffee. The waitress came around and took our orders...and after she left, I pulled out my iPod to check the time. Oops....it was about 9:00 PM. When their food arrived, I quickly ordered some bread and cheese, because I knew I should try to get my eating schedule at least somewhat on track. I felt pretty silly. And it is strange that my clock would be off in that direction...Nepal is four hours later than Nepal, not earlier, as my stomach was suggesting.

These things are strange.

Anyway, that concludes my portion of the trip at Tammy's parents. I'm going to continue the narrative in a new post under the new location in Kassel!

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