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    • Day 105

      Erlangen, Germany

      September 12, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Well, here we are living in Germany just outside Nuremburg.

      Things we are learning:
      *Recycling rules are intense
      *Their "spicy" salsa tastes like Texas bbq sauce
      *They are not fans of doing things digitally, which requires lots of paperwork and extra bike rides
      *Google translate and deepl are my good friends now
      *We are trying to bike everywhere and have no car (by choice)
      *A picture of walking home after grocery shopping: Mabel chilling in the bike seat with her feet resting on my seat, a grocery bag on either handle bar, large backpack full and me walking trying to keep the bike upright over a 1km walk - a little bit much (I need to learn to make smaller trips)
      * There is a season here called fall where leaves turn gorgeous colors.... Hahaha
      * Most houses have total blackout window shutter things that are amazing!

      School attendance is quite strict, but they have lots of play time at school. The big girls are attending a German public school. Mabel will start a German kindergarten (Prek) in November. They really enjoy school and are learning to speak German quite quickly. Most kids walk solo to school by the age of six. I am working on feeling ok with this. They could totally do it.

      Our neighborhood is quiet and many homes around are built in the 30s. We live near a large forest and can bike so many fun places. Experiencing life from a different angle...
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      omg I love the little painted turtles


      Fabulous 🥰


      Such a colorful picture . My goodness those are huge leaves.

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    • Day 3

      Poffabro, More Hiking & Pizza, Italy

      December 30, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

      Natalie and I loaded up in her car with Addy and Bowser. Addy and Bowser are quite a cute pair. Nate and Seth drove the rental with the other little ladies. We began our trek toward Porffabro and the uphill drive. The road grew more narrow and began to twist and turn A LOT. The last time we drove this intense of a switchback was in Montenegro in the summer. However, this one came with more warning signs and construction. Natalie and I were questioning our husband's judgment as we followed. At many points during the naseating ride, the road was only wide enough for one car with the added fun of drop offs. Surprisingly, we didn't encounter any traffic coming from the other direction and we made it there without throwing up.

      The zigging and zagging up a questionable switchback road to the town of Poffabro made us all woozy. I do not typically get car sick. That was some kind of RIDE! This did not detour us from following our noses to yummy food. We ate delicious paninis, beer and crepes.

      This "Nativity Hunt" makes for one of my favorite Christmas memories we have made thus far! This sweet town, known mostly for its history of making house shoes, puts out unique nativities during Christmas. I think many towns in Italy do this through the holiday season as well.

      The girls loved the scavenger hunt feel as they ran up and down the narrow streets discovering a different nativity at every turn. You had to keep your eyes peeled, looking at all heights so you wouldn't miss one. They used all types of materials to create these nativities, from colored pencils, hand carved figurines, paintings mimicing Van Gogh's Starry Night and a silly one with baby Jesus in a motorcycle side car. It was so fun to see all the varieties.

      Along the hunt, we stumbled upon a man carving little creatures outside his home. He was so kind and had the girls sit on his wooden reindeer and hand made sled. He made an impression on Mabel and she kept saying, "He is super kind, momma." Natalie decided to buy our girls three carved creature. Demi chose a bunny, Addy chose a hedgehog and Mabel chose the squirrel. So fun! Natalie has been too kind along this trip.

      We explored all through the town and ended up finding a hiking path. We followed and found statues depicting the story of Jesus' crucifixion. This hike was a steep climb! The twelve statues took us through the story from Judas' betrayal to the empty tomb. I found this hike to be beautiful, especially during Christmas, because it pointed us to the cross and resurrection of Jesus creating a full picture of the gospel story.

      Demi found this set of statues to be incomplete though. She was quite bothered that it ended with an empty tomb. She suggested they create two more statues showing Christ going up into heaven and Jesus reappearing to his disciples. And Mabel was mostly excited about a plastic slide at the end. Ha ha! Addy was relieved the steep climb was over and we could now go back downhill.

      On the next and last day, we hiked and picnicked again near Aviano. The girls loved being outside so much! They raved (and even journaled) about all the hiking and playing outside. What a beautiful place and with great friends that go back nearly 20 years!

      Oh ya... One last thing! We popped into the city of Sacilly for the Christmas market and delicious pizza! This pizza place made these bread stick things that tasted like a savory Texas style donut stick topped with arugula. Their special kind of pizza was extra soft with a bit of sweetness to it. The pizza came out in one large piece. They don't cut the pizza at all and it's usually a serving for one person. It's is fun to experience all types of pizzas! We haven't encountered a bad one yet. This one was quite different from any other pizza we have had. Addy went from silly to almost sleeping really fast that night. She is notorious for falling asleep at dinner ever since she was little. She managed to stay awake for this pizza though. :)

      What a fun trip! Friends, hiking and food!
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      Omg those are too cute !!!! Gigi wants to make one. Adorable


      Omg I thought for a sec they were real😬🙄


      I love teeny tiny

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    • Day 14

      Erlangen, Germany

      June 13, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Well, we arrived in Germany. It only took us one tram, five trains (I lost count really), one bus and 20 minutes of walking. We started at 07:45 and arrived at approximately 15:00. We were beyond tired as we took our last steps for the day! Note to self - travel shorter distances with three littles in tow. They really did great! The last train was the toughest as we loaded on, but found no seats. I was carrying a large backpack and Mabel, roughly 60lbs, I think. We had been trading off holding her, but at that point Seth was navigating us. Luckily, upon arrival we were greeted by Pablo, his friend's dog, which quickly perked our girls right up.

      We arrived into the Erlangen area in Germany just as the poppies came into full bloom for the season. This is their sign that summer is here. This also means warmer weather for me! We may have a couple days above 90 degrees.

      While in the Erlangen area, we spent time with old friends of Seth's. His friend was a big part of Seth's inspiration to go on this European adventure and part of his interest in learning German this past year. If you did not know, along with completing his Master's in Finance, he also began studying German quite intensely. Seth visited this friend last after our youth mission trip to Spain 21 years ago. This couple has been so kind to invite us into their lovely home and show us around Bavaria. They even lined up bikes for us all, so we can see the town like a local. This is a big biking community. His home is so funky and artsy with four levels surrounded by a flower and vegetable garden. He remodeled most of it himself and built his own furniture - lots of talent here.

      We have enjoyed many meats and Adalynn helped his wife cook a traditional German meal of potatoes, white asparagus and ham. We went to purchase the white asparagus the day before from a quaint, neighborhood farm. Mabel is very carnivorous and prefers the small cured sausages. Demi enjoyed beef tartare with cracked salt and pepper on pita bread. Addy really enjoyed the prosciutto the best. I prefer to stick with fresh vegetable from his garden and any chocolate.

      Here the kids have truly had a blast! They luckily had some toys on hand that were an extra surprise of fun for the girls. This couple is just so wonderful! Lots of fun and memorable conversations!

      Then we ventured on bikes into Erlangen for the best pizza of my life with this magical (just an exceptional parmesan) cheese and arugula made by an Italian family. Oh my! No words can describe it well enough!
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      Is that Duncan? No, Pablo 😊

      Blanck Adventures

      That is not Duncan. That is Pablo.


      Yes, Crazy comment...

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    • Day 3

      Bamberg? Bayreuth? Erlangen!

      July 16, 2020 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

      Früh sind wir aufgestanden, um unseren Roadtrip fortzusetzen! Für Donnerstag war nämlich eine Bierwanderung in Oberfranken mit unserem liebsten Kumpel Hansi geplant 😁
      Im Vorfeld des ganzen Trips habe ich ihm versehentlich immer wieder einen falschen Ort genannt. Beim ersten Mal dachte ich es wäre Bamberg. Beim zweiten mal dachte ich es wäre Bayreuth, tatsächlich wars aber Erlangen 😅 Irgendwas mit "Ba..." war ich mir sicher! 🤔

      Daraus haben wir uns einen Spaß gemacht und kurz vor der Ankunft einen fake-GPS Standort geschickt mit der gleichen Straße und Hausnummer, aber in einer anderen Stadt 😂 Die Reaktion war herrlich.

      Begrüßt wurden wir mit einem Shot und typisch bayerisch mit einer Maß Bier 🍺Wie bei der Kanutour haben wir uns auch wetterbedingt eine Alternative suchen müssen ⛈️ So haben wir uns kurzerhand anstelle von der Bierwanderung für eine Kneipentour entschieden. Nettes Städtchen, leckeres Bier! 🤤

      Ein fettes Dankeschön nochmal an Hansi für den gelungenen Abend und die Beherbergung ✌️
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    • Day 2

      2. Tag morgens am Dechsendorfer Weiher

      October 1, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

      Wir wachen früh auf und mit der üblichen Morgen-Routine-Christian sorgt für‘s Frühstück und ich sorge für die Dackels- geht es los.
      Danach ganz gemütlich gemeinsam frühstücken und nach der 2. Tasse Kaffee wird klar Schiff/WoMo gemacht und es geht weiter Richtung Süden.Read more

    • Day 15

      Zwischenstopp in Erlangen

      June 27, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Da wir aufgrund der Gewitterwarnung auf den Dachstein verzichtet haben, ging es gegen 14:00 von Schladming weiter in Richtung Heimat... Bis auf einen kleinen Stau in einer Baustelle ging alles glatt... Auch an der Grenze war in beiden Richtungen nix los und wir konnten genauso gut wieder nach Deutschland rollen, wie die Neu-Urlauber in Richtung Süden...

      Um 18:30 Uhr waren wir in Erlangen auf dem Platz, kurz noch Strom angeschlossen und dann ging es auch schon essen...

      Jetzt genießen wir den letzten Abend, bevor wir wieder zuhause sind...
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      Hoffentlich ohne Gewitter ⛈

    • Day 1


      September 30, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      Wir sind beide rechtzeitig zu Hause, alles ist gepackt und wir fahren kurz nach 14 Uhr los. Irgendwie ist im Navi noch zu Hause als Ziel gespeichert und wird als Zwischenziel übernommen, weshalb wir noch eine Ehrenrunde um Hattersheim drehen. Anschließend aber auf die Autobahn, auf der A3 ist Stau den wir umfahren. Hinter Schlüsselfeld fahren wir ab auf einen Autohof und essen Törtchen. Wir beschließen nicht bis Hilpoltstein zu fahren (um Nürnberg herum ist viel Stau) sonder rufen beim Camping Rangau an ob noch ein Plätzchen frei ist. Wir bekommen den selben Stellplatz wie beim letzten Mal und gehen noch ein bisschen mit den Hunden am See entlang. Nach dem Abendessen im Restaurant spielen wir bei einer Flasche Malbec de Cahors.Read more

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