05.06.2013 - 05.06.2013 21 °C
Travelling has, unfortunately, made us a little lazy on the exercise part, so as often as we can we go for walks and hikes. Today was one of those days. All four of us agreed on a walk to go on called Rastplatz (which Google translates to "resting place") and headed out onto our 9.3 km hike. The walk went through towns, valleys, hills, forest and farmland, so we were able to see a wide variety of scenery without going too far. The weather was glorious too, as the sun was bright and there was only a slight breeze. Our cars detected 21 degrees in its spot in the shade. It's nice to finally experience some summer as we have been pretty deprived of sun on this trip. I was even wishing that I had worn my shorts. My dad described the view around us as "not breathtaking, but nice to look at everywhere, so that you don't have to stop at everything," which pretty much summed it up.
Part way through our journey we stopped to look at a hunting blind, of which there were many along the trail. Dad climbed up to take a look around and called down to us about his discoveries. The inside was carpet lined, and there was even a bench and pillow. We stopped for lunch along the way as well, at a small area with some benches in a shaded hut, as well as wooden sun chairs and a picnic table. We snacked on some cheese, bagels, cheese, bread, cheese, carrots, cheese and chocolate. But we were soon on our way as we still had half of our walk left. Our walks and hikes have let us both take a break from the stress of travelling, but also let us experience countries in ways that most people overlook. We get to talk and enjoy each other's company (because we barely see very much of each other, especially in the past 7 months), while still being able to have the feeling of travel fulfilment, even if we didn't pack our day full of tours and sightseeing. In the last 500 metres before our car we found a water tap coming out of a rock, and promptly filled up our empty water bottles. Unfortunately, when we took a drink we found out that it was pure mineral water, which means it was sparking. None of us are big fans, even though around Europe, and especially in the last few places we've been to, carbonated water is an enjoyed form of refreshment.
When we made it home I took a quick shower and we all made ourselves presentable as our next stop was the ice cream cafe in the nearby square. As we still owe our mother a birthday treat, she opted for ice cream instead of cake, and we all ordered some very large, very expensive, and very delicious sundaes. We three girls got After Eight flavoured creations, while my dad opted for a chocolate coconut flavour. We sat out in the sun and quickly devoured our dessert, while taking small sips of our mineral water in between.
After we were finished eating back all the calories we had burned that day (and more), Hannah and I went back to the house while our parents set off on yet another walk, this one being 10 km. Neither of us were very hungry so we bought some veggie nuggets (for me) and some schnitzel (for Hannah). Our parents joined us later that evening, but Hannah and I shut them out and re-watched our rented version of Rise of the Guardians a second time, before heading off to bed. We've been deprived of West Wing because the internet in this place is terrible. It's been pretty hard on all of us...as you can tell it even forced us to interact with nature today. Sigh.