A little bit of scenery

Trip Start Jun 04, 2008
Trip End Jun 24, 2008

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Hey all
We sort of shook off the jet lag by this morning. Some of us were shocked to wake up to the sunrise at 4:30 in the morning after the sunset around 11. I guess Germany is a little farther north than Kansas is. The girls and Jo were already gone so we had a nice breakfast with Annette of rolls, jellies, quark, cheese, and meats.
Our first destination of the day was Villa Hügel. It was a short car drive away from the Schepers' house. The Villa was the home for many years of the Krupp family of the steel-making fame. I guess steel makes good money because this was the biggest house I've seen in person; however, Pemberley beats it. ;-) We walked around the ground floor for a while, looking at the beautiful tapestries and paintings. We couldn't go to the other three floors because of renovations, but did get to walk around the grounds. It really was like a Jane Austen book, but without the charming guy. I did see the biggest rhodedendron bush I've ever seen and some huge trees too. I guess in 1870 the owner wanted a forest so he found a way to transplant 100 year old trees. Now the land is surrounded by a forest.

After Villa Hügel we went to Werden where Amelie goes to school. It turned out she was already at home by the time we called her but we still saw the sights. We walked around this lake that I will find the name of later(I know it started with a B) and ate some ice cream. We also stopped at a bookstore to look for postcards but they were all really meant for Germans with jokes we didn't quite get. Dad found some at a different bookstore later.
We left Werden around 3:30. Mom, Dad, Kevin and Annette drove back in Annette's car. Amelie and I went back on the train because she had practice for the vaulting team she coaches with another girl, Lena. The train station is closer to the vaulting place than their house is. The team was 7 or 8 girls probably ranging from 6 to 8 years old. They looove Amelie and Lena. I got to help them jump over the fake horse. They couldn't be on a real horse because the arena was in use by a riding show today.
As we were walking back to the house we met up with Kevin on his cooldown from his run. He can now say he has ran on 3 continents. We also met up with Dad in a coffee shop. We were just walking along and there he was, alone in a coffee shop eating a roll. The lady behind the counter spoke absolutely no English so Dad was practicing communicating by other means. That's the hardest thing we've had to do. You don't really realize how often you use little words that make no sense to someone who doesn't speak your language. It's really hard walking down the street and feeling like you're the only ones who don't speak German. Annette and Jo are really doing well with helping us in English. Neither one of them has studied it since high school. Of course Amelie is very fluent and has dealt with our fast talking for a while now. I keep wanting to respond to people in Spanish just because I feel like I should be practicing a language and I don't know any German to practice.

That's all for now, folks!

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Glad you're having a great time in Germany. Keep it up!

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