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Swei frauen mit wein (All the phonetic German we could muster)

sunny 42 °F

Guten Tag Damen and...Gentlemen! We have made a real effort to learn the language here in Germany. We impressed our host in Berlin, Scott, by saying such things as, "Did you wash your hands" and "I am having heart attack."

We arrived in Berlin two days later than we had planned, due to our impromptu trip to Slovakia. We were blessed with a home stay in Berlin from Sean "S'gonna" Naylor's friend, Scott. Scott is a native German who spend some of his formative years in the US and is very much a smart-ass. (Betty-Jeanne, you might be smitten.) He is responsible for writing a blog post about our time in Berlin, but in the meantime a few highlights include, doing Scott's grocery shopping, bowling with Scott, his sister, Laura, and her husband, Travis, and visiting the topography of terror museum about Nazi rule/occupation.
radical teachers in Nazi Germany

radical teachers in Nazi Germany


Actually, after visiting the topography of terror, we had one of the most exciting conversations of the trip, about the idea of a teacher cooperatively-run school. Fellow educators, do you know of schools like this/do you want to be part of starting one? Let us know because we're putting serious thought into this.

From Berlin, we went to visit Erin's boyfriend's parents, Val and Brad.
Brad Val in Park

Brad Val in Park

Brad Val Erin

Brad Val Erin


What wonderful hosts they have been. Val took us on a lovely walk when we first arrived through the city of Kassel and then we went to a beer garden where we ate pretzel, schnitzel, and potatoes and chatted with the owner.
Puertan Rican American German who runs Wolpertinger

Puertan Rican American German who runs Wolpertinger


On Halloween Val organized a private tour of Kassel for us which was probably the best tour we've been on. Andrea gave us a great history of the city and was gracious enough to share her family's experiences with WWII. She also showed us around the Wilhelmshohe Park (GORGEOUS!) and got us a sneak peek at part of an old castle.
Andrea Erin Val Brad over Fulda River

Andrea Erin Val Brad over Fulda River

Wilhelmshoher Park Pond

Wilhelmshoher Park Pond

Erin and Val Park

Erin and Val Park

Wilhelmshoher Trees

Wilhelmshoher Trees

Castle Tree Arch in Kassel

Castle Tree Arch in Kassel

Megan Erin and Andrea our tourguide

Megan Erin and Andrea our tourguide

700 year old tree

700 year old tree


Today, we drove the beamer out to HannMunden, a classic German village in Hesse. Lots of fachwerk houses, babbling brooks, pedestrian streets, and the like. Val told us about her time working on the school board, which really got some wheels turning.
Street in Hannoversch Munden

Street in Hannoversch Munden

Brad Erin Val on bridge

Brad Erin Val on bridge

Erin Megan door from 1500

Erin Megan door from 1500

Fachwerk houses

Fachwerk houses

Erin Val Megan Hannoversch Munden

Erin Val Megan Hannoversch Munden


It must be said that our time in Kassel was filled with beautiful scenery (yay for fall!) and lots of good food. We had coffee and kuchen everyday and really wonderful breakfasts, dinners, wines, Sects, Proseccos, beers, and "schnapps". Thanks Val and Brad!!!!

Tomorrow we're off to Amsterdam where we will finally meet up with Kathleen (see excited blog comments from previous posts). woot woot!

Posted by erincadden 13:10 Archived in Germany

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Wir haben bereits miss du. Es war gro├čartig, auf Ihren Besuch in unserem Hause in
Deutschland. Kann es kaum erwarten, ├╝ber den Rest Ihres Abenteuers zu lesen.

by val and brad

The apartment felt so empty this morning...no one to go and buy Museli Brotchen for.

by val and brad

Is there no internet in Holland? I need me some blog!

by Sean Naylor

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