This evening Thomas and I drove to Karlsruhe to help reamp the battery as it had died (resulting in our car needing to be jumped) so we drove around, grabbed coffee at McDonalds (which tastes very different than the blend in the United States.) A fun evening, taking a ‘Sunday Drive’ around the region, drinking coffee (which is always a good idea) and putting some charge back in the battery.
2016 is winding down and coming to a close…and it has been an enourmously eventufl year for me. Upon reminiscing over the year, realizing just how much has occured over the past 365 days. The dream list, posted in January of this year, I successfully marked off several components.
Here are just a few of this years occurences:
My brother got married and I caught the bouquet
I hosted a final garage sale, selling the general contents of my house
I moved to a foriegn country
Danced in a public venue
Enjoyed a live Baroque Quartet
Sampled Many different worldy beverages, many of them ocffee in origin
I learned how to navitage and use the tram, buses, and other public transportation in Germany
My best friend had a baby
My brother and his wife had a baby.
I adventured often in South West Germany
I had tea in a castle
I climbed to the top of an old fortress tower
Met up with an old friend of 20 years (an exchange student that lived with my family)
Gave a tour to my Grandfather
Practiced baking and cooking, expanding my culinary abilities and flavors
Wrote and received mail to and from friends and family
Read a childrens book (all on my own) in German
Spent Christmas Eve with German friends
Enrolled and attended German language courses
Learned how to use WhatsApp
Lost a Grandmother and Aunt
Attended-toured 3 different Christmas Markets in Germany
Petted Donkeys and Goats in a live Nativity
Crossed country borders in a car and bus
Shopped in a French Super Market
Drank Turkish Coffee
Thomas and I got a kitten
Thomas has started to teach me the joys of soccer
Open Air soccer viewing in an open air event
video chatted for the first time with friends and family
15 kilometers in one day makes a very happy woman, and very tired feet!!!
The adventure began with a tram ride to the North, and disembarking in Raumümzach–which only has one stop for the village (which also boasts a lovely place called ‘Hotel Waterfall’).
I packed my lunch, grabbed my rucksack and off I went exploring, the visual experience was stunning this autumn season but nothing compared to the scent filled fresh air that prevailed itself upon my senses.
I ate my brown bag lunch, overlooking the Murg River near Erbersbronn and a house in the country had chickens as i heard the rooster crow in midday.
Walking leisurely through the hills and valleys (both minor) of the area provided an over abundant wealth of beauty and excitement and a day filled with much peach, quiet and joy.
Reggie is a fuzzy furry welcome—a neighbors Mommy kitty bore a cute litter and once weaned, needed new homes and thus, Reggie came into our lives.
Reggie arrived about a month ago and what a joy!!! Reggie brings much love and excitement, entertainment and laughter to our house with his antics, playful behaviors, and has even started ‘talking’, which cracks me up.
Reggie is kind of small but growing well–he even likes to share his meals with us by eating scrambled eggs and sweet potoatoes in addtion to his normal kitty kibble, being the gluten he is–when he is not perching here or there or bounching all over the house.
What an absolutely wonderful way to experience a small village then by drinking the local fair. The barkeep here at Motodrom is super friendly and very helpful. She obliging gave me some of the local history here in Kirschbaumwasen, Baden Wurtamburg, Germany.
Well worth seeing and spending the day here, great natural scenary with wonderful people, easily accessible by tram.