Blogging to you live from Schwabisch Gmund, an idyllic little town of winding streets, red roofs, pretzels, and pure happiness. Here's a small hint of what the last few days have held for me:
* Watched Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief-- yes, the entire movie-- while waiting for my plane to take off and am wondering exactly which book it was based on, because I'm pretty sure that was not a faithful adaptation.
* Learned that Business Class international flights are the equivalent of going to a fancy hotel/spa.
* Really enjoyed my Nook while trapped in the Frankfurt and Stuttgart airports.
* Discovered that Germans are delightful and helpful, even when you admit that you can't operate a simple telephone.
* Ate blood sausage and decided that it tastes like a bacon milkshake.
* Met 8 amazing women, and we haven't stopped talking since.
* Drank approximately 10 glasses of wine, 7 bottles of delicious fizzy drinks, and 47 coffee beverages.
* Realized that life without air conditioning is reasonable but life without a fan is insufferable.
* Figured out how to open the window of my hotel room to make sleep reasonable again.
* Saw a man shaped like a capital D who was wearing culottes and a shirt that read only MOTOR OIL.
* Went for a wonderful hike through a nature preserve and pretended I was in the Twilight movies.
* Tried some cool Weleda products.
* Picked bittersweet nightshade, ate most of a calendula flower, and enjoyed the water lilies floating in a sewage pond.
* Practiced throwing sticks at other people while marrying mind and body in a eurythmy class, which has nothing to do with the Eurythmics. Believe me-- we asked.
* Made my own bath milk, which I call DELILAH'S SCHWABSOAP.
And now I have 10 minutes to get dressed for dinner and a tour. I could not be happier, unless maybe horses and birthday cake were involved. I miss my family like crazy, but as we know, I definitely live in the moment. I have missed travel, and I'm so grateful for this opportunity. At 4am, I wake up to travel back home, at which point I'll upload photos and tell you the whole story, including a delightful collection of funny signs about lemurs licking their bottoms in German.