“Shouldn’t have left you, left you… with out a dope beat to step to, step to… ”
“So this is August, and what have we done”… Well, lets see, the last 6 months have gone quick, after Berlin we’ve had a pretty relaxing time. Maybe the stop at the Tropical Islands Resort kicked it off a theme for this year.
To compile this post I decided to utilize my photo library to recap the time by month:
The flag collection was hung, and currently stands at 16 (11 pictured).
Enjoyed some great Pho at Saigon restaurant just around the corner from our apartment
Sampled some fine Belgian beers at La Petit Belge.
I traveled home for a short weekend to say goodbye to my dear Pap Knepper.
During which I was able to see Tai and perform a Chevy de-badging with Sean.
In the State College airport there are photos of Cinque Terre, the coastal Italian towns we visited last winter.
We received a name plate at the front door to our apartment building.
I traveled to Chamonix France with my friends Aaron and Rob for an incredible ski weekend.
We helped clean up the church grounds
My sister and niece came for a spring break visit.
We saw many of the best sights in the Rhein Valley, Bacharach, Sankt Goar, Rheinfels, Marksburg, Loreley and of course Wiesbaden.
The following weekend we drove to Bruge to see the sea, the sights and to consume some mussels (Ava) and a few Belgian drafts.
We went for an evening bowling and the next day surprised Ava with a trip to PlayMobil park. We had to watch out for frogs on the way home!
The following day our household goods arrived along with Tom (Audrey’s Chevy Cruze)
We naturally took him immediately out of the container and straight to the autobahn and on back woods logging roads en route to Heidelburg. We even spotted a frog!
After their bittersweet departure I promptly set to converting our grill from the US fitting to a German propane tank. In preparation for our first BBQ w/ friends, Simon, Rob and Trish, Aaron and Shelby and Steven (Salmon! Yum!). We have been grilling about every week since.
Aside from unpacking and organizing not a whole lot.
My friend Aaron and I decided to partake in some mountain biking (since my bike also arrived). We researched a trail head a few miles out of town in the hills and decided to explore. We ended up riding all the way back down hill to town and decided to return for the car we left behind with a second vehicle. We did this for a couple weekends in April.
The church held a time and talents auction where I offered landscaping services and Audrey and I offered a castle tour for four. We won a tour of WWII sites, which we are going on in October.
We rang, or rather walked in the great month of May with a friends wine hike
Audrey’s Uncle, Gary and girlfriend Cindy joined us for a few days, we took them to the usual spots.
I arranged and performed my auctioned landscaping services, phew!
For Memorial Day weekend we traveled to Bratislava and Vienna, both very unique and very cool cities. We saw a celtic/roman/gothic AND Renaissance ruin, a beautiful church, awesome architecture and numerous statues.
Our friend Meagan (met her and friends at Henley regatta last July) came for the Wilhelmstrasse fest. We went to Oppenheim to see the underground labyrinth.
In the following weeks we experienced a lot of heavy rain storms, many towns in Germany flooded including Wiesbaden.
We took the auction winners, Jim and Elaine, Andy and Lisa on our castle tour, of course is poured but we had a great time.
We returned home to see family and friends. We got to have lunches and dinners with many of our NoVA friends. Spent some time with Audrey’s parents. Drove to State College for a 4th party at Sean and Jenna’s, coffee, lunches and dinners with my mom, family and friends, an evening walk around campus with Audrey (where we saw a skunk at the hub!). Witnessed a baby hawk in the birdbath. Next we headed to the Poconos to see my brother and family and my dad and little sister drove from Colorado. Audrey got to hold a rabbit, go for a 4wheeler ride, shoot clays and swim in the Delaware. From there we headed to Rehoboth for Chris and Kera’s wedding. So much fun! It was a great trip home.
Upon returning we did some shopping for the apartment, some sun prevention and visual/wind barriers.
Just a few weeks ago we went to a celtic burial site just an hour away. It had some very neat and unique artifacts and we had lunch in Hanau along the Rhein.
The last weekend in July we were traveling again for a second wedding, this time in Interlaken Switzerland. We made a stop in Thun to see the town and castle. Then to Interlake where we met up with JJ, Abby, Erik, Coubrough, Tardivo and Sarah for an evening out. Saturday was Ben and Nadine’s wedding and the reception was held at a great open barn venue with an incredible view.
Sunday we headed home early because we had tickets to see Sting!
And lastly I leave you with a double rainbow from a couple weeks ago.