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By Hannah

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It's finally starting to feel like spring over here. Actually, it feels more like summer than spring. It seems that we've skipped spring altogether this year. We took advantage of the gorgeous weather today and took a walk through the German countryside. There were fields of wildflowers and rolling hills on all sides. We came across a number of cows lazing about in the sun, and a little glen dubbed "Hexenwald", which roughly translates to "witches' forest". There was a tiny cottage and a dried-up well where two recently transformed frog princes were perched.

The Frog Prince meets his princess

The Frog Prince meets his princess

Our current home is comfortable, warm and just the right amount of rustic. We get to hear a herd of cattle walk by twice a day, bells clanging. We also have a few pet cats wandering about outside. There are supposedly three or four of them, but we've only seen two. The friendliest of these is named Emma, and she's made her way inside a number of times, so she and I have bonded over the time spent carrying her to the door.

We tried more German sausages, and found that we much preferred them to the weisswurst we'd had earlier. That being said, we're fairly certain that we botched the cooking and eating process. Apparently there's a fairly specific way of doing both. (website) The reason we tried them in the first place was actually because of a blog post that I saw awhile ago (Here's a link to the main blog. I recommend you read some of her travel articles. You may even recognise some of these places from our earlier blog posts.). We're at 5/7 so far.

Posted by KZFamily 07:44 Archived in Germany Tagged walking germany oberschwarzenberg

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Way to go Hannah on the culinary front... nothing ventured nothing gained! You continue to amaze me with your culinary experiences.

by Helen Koning

Hi Family,
It is Sunday afternoon while I write this blog. I just saw several broadcasts by the BBC concerning the floods in Germany. These floods seem to be of biblical proportion and it certainly is a disaster with long ranging consequences.
Naturally my thoughts are going out to you who are in the flood area. I do not know exactly where you are today. No doubt you do a lot of research in order to find places of interest where you safely can go. I almost can picture the family meetings you have after you have done a lot of research.
I understand that the situation is somewhat disappointing. But it is also true that you see and experience situations most of us will never see. All of you are experienced travellers and know how to make something positive out of a bad situation.
I also heard that the internet access in that part of the world is not very good. Perhaps the flooding has something to do with that. So if we do not hear from you at regular times we will understand.
Be assured that all of you are in my daily prayers and hope that you still may have meaningful travel experiences. Opa.

by G Koning

Gruess Gott, dear Family,
What a lovely upbeat note from your dear Opa. I am sure, you are taking everything in your stride, as this is really all part of your travel adventure.
Hiking through the picturesque fields is a wonderful way to give your outings a healthy balance. Being a nature lover, I sure enjoy the many photos showing off the peaceful countryside, including the cow wearing the bell.
I wish you all continued sunshine wherever you may be.
And as far as the Autobahn is concerned, I still much prefer our 110 km limit on the Island Highway.
Well, the weekend is coming to an end, and at work the count-down has begun! But you folks don't even think of work and continue to enjoy your travels, including a delicious coupe now and again.
Thanks for sharing!

by Edith Roslee

I guess Muriel is happy to be in close proximity to some cows.

I think I'd pass on the Bavarian foods with the exception of the cake...

by Jane1

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