We wished for snow, and boy have we got it!!!
Trip Start Nov 28, 2008
5Trip End Jan 07, 2009
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It has been a week now since I last wrote and we are still all "gemutlich" (cosy) in Pegnitz and it has snowed and snowed and snowed some more! The kids are sooooo happy as you can imagine - such a novel experience for them. We've been to Queenstown when there was snow around but they were too young to remember it and this type of snow that just blankets everything is quite different. Mat and I are pretty excited too, it really is so much fun to take the kids out sledding and stuff.
I'll keep this post a bit shorter that the first but suffice to say we have had a really wonderful time in Pegnitz catching up with Mat's family. His cousins were children when we left and they are now in their mid-20s and absolutely gorgeous and sooo fantastic with the girls. I think if Anna could marry Andreas she would in a heartbeat, unfortunately he's already spoken for!! The language is not proving to be a hurdle at all - at least not for the kids - they just continue to speak English and somehow think that everybody will understand them!!
Anna went to school on Tuesday - Mat's uncle is the principal of the school here in Pegnitz that covers 1st class to 4th class and she sat in for almost an hour and a half. The teacher spoke great English so she asked Anna lots of questions about her school and her life in Australia and then translated for the kids. They looked at where Australia is on a map and all the kids drew her a really nice picture. She was very brave to go by herself and although we haven't heard too much about it we're pretty sure she had a good time!
After going to school we caught the train to Nuremburg, where the famous Christmas market is held every year. Actually, every small German town has these markets but this one is very big and famous. They even had a special area just for kids. We spent the day with Caro (who visited us last year from Germany) and Mat's two cousins Anne and Andreas. Nuremburg is such a beautiful old city, we found a pharmacy there that has been in operation since 1486 - that is just unbelievable for us isn't it??
This morning we have been baking "plaetzchen" - little Christmas cookies - with Caro and her Mum and Caro's boyfriend. It was lots of fun and also a very traditional thing that German kids do with their parents. When you go to someones house for a visit you can then take your plaetzchen as a small gift.
Tomorrow we are visiting Mat's other cousin in the former DDR (East Germany) and taking a day trip to Dresden, where there is another famous Christmas market! We didn't ever visit Dresden when we lived here so we're looking forward to it. Mat's cousin has two kids (8 & 3) so the girls will have fun too.
I'll post some photos now - I called us the SnowyWerners and we're certainly living up to that name at the moment! I have to say I'm not missing the 36 degrees we've been hearing about back in Sydney, it's so much easier to rug up against the cold than to keep cool when its boiling hot!!
Liebe Gruesse to you all,
Mat, Jenn, Anna and Charlotte