We spent our first night in our house! Everyone slept well. Lea fell asleep so early that she was up at 4 am! She napped by 11 am. The house and the neighborhood are very quiet. We ate delicious pretzels and bread for breakfast. Brad, Lainie and I walked over to see where the small local grocery store is. It's very close! Too bad they are closed on Sundays...hard for us Americans to grasp :)
Our neighborhood looks like a typical little German town....
Our friend Karen picked us up with her 2 kids and we all went to the Augsburg Christkindlesmarkt which is the Christmas market. I just about blew a gasket with excitement!! It reminded me of an art fair. There are rows of different vendor booths. Some sell food, some are handmade items, some are not. Some sell Christmas items, some don't. I was totally in heaven! And it all happens in the City Center in front of the Rathaus (city hall).
We were ready for lunch so we all got some good stuff. I had a Flamm Kuchen which is a delicious little flat bread thingy that comes in different flavors. Mine was spread with some kind of sour cream or cream cheesy stuff, then has green onions and ham on it. OMGermany it was spectacular! Lea had a giant wurst of some kind smothered in onions. Lainie had Schupfnudeln which was sauerkraut and potato noodles. Brad had a steaksemmel which was thin pork chops and onions on a roll. He then topped it off with a crepe filled with bananas and Nutella. YUM!
Crepe with bananas and Nutella, above
It was very crowded and only got more so as time went on. I saw this lovely picture spot with greens in the background and a cute little Santa statue. I was like, "Karen! You have to take our picture here, it's so cute!" Then as we got close I realized....it's a garbage can!! LOL!!!
We got another good family shot as we were leaving, in a less trashy spot!!
We then went back to the Erath's house to hang out and wait to see Udo when he arrived home from out of town. The kids all get along so well! They had a blast playing the Wii and hanging out together. We had a great meal that Karen pulled out of her belly button (LOL, you had to be there!) and good laughs.
An amazing day!!! We are blessed.