Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Germany Day 3: The Valley of HELL & Lakes w/Strange Names



Hola!

So, the sad thing about not bringing my laptop with me to Germany or even a notebook for that matter is that by the time I start writing a blogpost about it I've already forgotten most of the details due to the amount of time that's passed. Sorry about that. However, that doesn't mean that I've forgotten everything.

So, this is how Day 3 went down:

  1. Woke up. 
  2. Took a shower. 
  3. BTW: In case I haven't mentioned this already... Uta's shower is flippin' amazing!!! 
  4. Actually...
  5. Her entire house is flippin' amazing.                                                                                                  
  6. Why? You may ask. 
  7. Well, Uta is kind of like a big deal German Interior Designer. 
  8. She designs the insides of Hotels, Restaurants, People's Houses, etc. 
  9. I'm always so at peace at her house. 
  10. Why? You may ask yet again. 
  11. Because A.) Uta makes marvelous tea from her own garden B.) there's a bunch of happy-looking Buddhas Namaste-ing around the house C.) she has 3 super cute, loving kitties D.) she plays soul-lifting music and... honestly I could give you the whole alphabet here. 
  12. So, yes, I took a shower. 
  13. Then we ate breakfast. 
  14. Same thing as the previous day. 
  15. Toast w/blackberry-apple jam & toast w/salami. 
  16. Then we went for a drive w/Lena (remember, Uta's dog) sitting in the back seat.             
  17. It was a long drive.                                                                                                                          
  18. On the freeway we passed under these bridges that had grass, bushes, and trees on them. This is so that animals can cross safely over the road without getting hit. France came up with this idea first. Amazing, right? We need to do this in the USA.                                                                     
  19. We passed through this area called "The Valley of Hell" because apparently there were a lot of gangsters in this area at one point in time as told by Uta. Despite the name it was a very pretty area with lots of tall green trees. It was also very foggy/raining at the time, so it was sort of mystical. 
  20. Also there was this statue of a reindeer on a cliff, so yeah, that was cool too.                                 
  21. On the way to our destination, Uta stopped the car in a parking lot overlooking this lake called Titisee. I started laughing because I thought I heard her wrong, but not the case. Titisee. Uta glanced at me like Why are you laughing? For a second, I contemplated on whether or not I should explain to her what "titty" meant in English, but I decided against it.                                                         
  22. I felt rather immature.                                                                                                                     
  23. Actually, this immature feeling of mine happens quite frequently to me while listening to Germans speak. 
  24. So, "see" means "lake" in German. Germans attach the "see" part to the end of the name of the lake. Hence, Titisee.                                                                                                                      
  25. We didn't stay very long. Just long enough for Uta to go the bathroom & for me to take a picture.  
  26. Then we got back in the car & drove to this village. 
  27. I forgot the village's name, but it was on this lake. 
  28. A different lake.
  29. A HUGE lake. 
  30. This lake, according to the pamphlet I brought back home is called, Lake Constance.  
  31. It looked like the San Francisco bay.                                                                                               
  32. Anyways, before that, I'd just like to mention that it took us forever to get a parking space. 
  33. Once we did, Uta & I stepped out of the car & opened the trunk to eat a snack. We cut up these pretzels & shoved salami in them, making salami pretzel sandwiches. They were really good. We also drank some hot tea to keep warm because it was really chilly & raining. I was rockin' the yellow raincoat in an attempt to keep dry.                                                                                       
  34. Afterwards, we went walking through the village & then had lunch at this hotel.        
  35. We sat outside, by the lake & basically people-watched & talked about Mormons.                        
  36. I had a hot chocolate & ravioli soup. It was really good. I was expecting the ravioli to be like American ravioli where the meat is stuff into a noodle, but it was meat & noodles.                          
  37. Afterwards, we walked up this super, duper steep hill with like a billion stairs & snails. 
  38. Gag reflexes kicked in because I ate a lot of snails on the first day in Germany.                              
  39. We got back into the car & then drove to the other side of the lake. 
  40. On the other side of the lake stood these houses on stilts that were recreated from the Stone & Bronze Age.                                                  
  41. I went into a museum & watched a video about the sight before I went outside & explored these really cool houses. 
  42. However, this video was in German & Uta couldn't stay with me & translate because she had Lena (remember, her dog). So, everything went over my head. 
  43. Actually, all the German gave me a really bad headache.                                                            
  44. Like on the side of my head. 
  45. Which was odd...
  46. Because I don't normally get headaches in that particular region of my head.
  47. So, then that got me thinking. 
  48. Which I do a lot BTW...
  49. And I realized that the part of my brain that hurt was the Temporal Lobes. 
  50. What are the Temporal Lobes? You may ask. 
  51. Good question!
  52. They are the part of the brain that is underneath the temples & behind the eyes & are associated with memory, receptive language, temper control, & mood stability.
  53. Yep. And that's why I was having a massive headache. 
  54. Because I couldn't understand German & my brain was like: This does not compute. This does not compute. This does not compute. 
  55. BTW: If brain stuff like this fascinates you as much as it excites me you should read Dr. Daniel Amen's book MAKING A GOOD BRAIN GREAT.  
  56. Ok, so anyways, I think the last thing I want to say about these houses on stilts on the lake is that they were really warm inside and I really liked that. Hahaha. 
  57. Afterwards, Uta and I got a cake. And it was delicious.                                                                   
  58. Later that night Uta and I watched a murder mystery show in German & once it was done I tried explaining DEXTER to her--he's a serial killer who kills serial killers.                                          
  59. She made delicious spaghetti and home made tomato sauce and I was pretty much in heaven. 
  60. Also at this time, I began reading THE GLASS CASTLE, which is now one of my all-time favorite books. 
Ok, that's it for Day 3. Sorry it took forever to post! I'm back in school and keeping super busy! 

Blog to you later!
Love,
Manders