Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Last night was the first night of the trip that everyone seemed to sleep pretty well. Abby, Cade and I had colds and we could not seem to find enough Kleenex in the world to wipe their noses as many times as they needed it. We walked over to the main building at the Kreuzerhof and had an excellent breakfast. We had scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, rolls with jelly, rolls with honey, juice, and hot chocolate. It was a great start to the day. I was ready to do some souvenir shopping and I knew that Rothenburg would be one of the main places on the whole trip that I would find the kinds of things I was looking for. We made our way down the main street again toward the square and the first stop was a bookstore. I asked the man which would be a book that every German kid would know and he showed me a few different ones. Abby has quite the collection of foreign books and I think it is a neat idea. My parents and my brother have gotten her books from many different places and although she already had a German book from my parents, I thought it would be nice for her to have another one. We bought two “typical” German books and were on our way. The next stop was the Christmas store and I could have spent thousands in there. It was very expensive, but the things were very nice. I bought a nutcracker and an ornament for Cade. Then we went to another Christmas store and I found a night watchman for Abby that we will use as an ornament as well. I also picked up a little bunny for Abby and a duck for Cade since we would be in Germany for Easter. We made our way back toward the B&B and then the interesting part about traveling with kids happened. Well, again, not as if throwing up in the car twice wasn’t interesting! Anyway, for those of you who don’t like too much information, you can stop reading now and I won’t go into great detail, but Abby is much like an adult (well, maybe a female adult) when it comes to pooping away from home. She had decided she wasn’t going to do it and she was holding it. She had clearly become uncomfortable and we decided enough was enough. I went into a pharmacy to try to get some suppositories. Language Barrier!! I tried everything I could think of to explain to the poor woman behind the counter what our predicament was. I think I finally said, “She can’t go to the bathroom.” Seems simple, but I don’t know what I had said before that. She finally understood and spoke to the gentleman in German. She gave me a box and said, “Give her 1.” I asked how long it would take and she laughed and said, “5-10 minutes.” Well, they evidently have never met a such a strong willed American 3-year-old because it did not happen in 5-10 minutes. About an hour later and after playing at the park, and still no poo, we decided to be on our way. It was getting later than we had planned on leaving so we decided it was best to skip Nordlingen and Dinkelsbuhl (other walled cities) and just get on the autobahn for our 2 hour + drive to Hohenschwangau. We stopped at a McDonald’s for a late lunch and after we ate, Derek drove into town to get some more Euros and the kids and I played in the play area at McD’s. They have a play area in almost every BK and McD’s over there and we were lucky with this one. It wasn’t big, but one part had a basketball area and another part with a maze that the kids could climb through and time themselves. We met the sweetest little boy in there and even though we had no idea what each other was saying, he and Abby had such a fun time together. He shared a ball with Cade and Abby told him “danke.” It was so sweet! We were finally back on our way and we were pushing the limit with the drive and Cade was ready to be done in the car, but it was getting close to 5pm and we still weren’t there yet. For some reason, I didn’t think to get directions to the B&B or an address. So, even though we had Matt and Sarah’s GPS Trudy, we had no way to find the B&B except to ask around. We finally found it after asking about 5 different people. WOW! We were at the foot of the mountain and there was Neuschwanstein Castle. It was amazing. The kids played in a little patch of snow left on the front yard and I stood on the driveway and stared at the castle while Derek checked in and was shown the room. We were in room #1 of Gastehaus Weiher on the second floor. We had a double bed, a single bed, and a balcony with an absolutely amazing view of the castle. We settled in and Derek went to the store to buy some meat, bread, and fruit for supper. We ate on the balcony and the kids played. Later that night the poop issue was resolved and Derek and I sat on the balcony and stared at the castle with the full moon slowly creeping past. That night we all slept great!

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