An Easter package from my family.
A week before Easter, I got a message from my friend Josh. The situation: an empty cottage on Lake Constance (Bodensee) over Easter Weekend. A few days later I booked my ticket. Josh, Dane and I arrived in Hagnau, Germany on Easter Saturday.
I took one picture every hour for the whole weekend (almost).
Saturday 5 a.m: As I walk to the airport, I find my bicycle—reported stolen the night before. Good start to the weekend.
Saturday 7 am: In the air towards Amsterdam.
Saturday 8 am: Arrived in Amsterdam
Saturday 11 am: eating fries and mayonnaise with Derek.
Saturday noon: Leaving Amsterdam and some wet snow.
Saturday 12:30 pm: In the air towards Zurich, filling out the KLM customer service survey. I got to keep the pen!
Saturday 1 pm: Reading about Toronto in the KLM magazine.
Saturday 2 pm: Dane! He met me at the airport and we are on the train to Constance.
Saturday 3 pm: Eating lunch on the ferry from Constance to Hagnau.
Saturday 4 pm: Arriving to Meersburg on the other side of the lake. One stop before we meet Josh.
Saturday 5pm: Barely arrived in Hagnau but Josh already found us a place for beer.
Saturday 6 pm: Rothaus, the local beer.
Saturday 7 pm: The view from our porch.
Saturday 8 pm: A very German dinner of maultaschen. But with local wine instead of beer.
Saturday 9 pm: Enjoying wine, cheese, and the stroopwafels that I bought in Amsterdam.
Saturday, 10 pm: Using comforters and Reece’s peanut butter cups to make up for a lack of heat.
Saturday, 11 pm: Still some cheese left.
Saturday, midnight: Playing with the vintage TV in my room before bed.
Sunday, 10 am: My bedroom has the most amazing blinds.
Sunday, 10 am: The exact same picture as before with the blinds open.
Sunday, noon: Canadian breakfast.
Sunday, 2 pm: Out for a walk.
Sunday, 3 pm: Dane is much happier after getting some coffee.
Sunday, 4 pm: Very disappointed to see that we missed the “Mega Night ‘Exclusive’” at the Meersburg town sauna.
Sunday, 6 pm: after dinner in Meersburg.
Sunday, 8 pm: Josh and I leave the town sauna after two hours of hot-cold-hot-cold and lots of nudity..
Sunday, 9 pm: Making curry.
Sunday, 10 pm: Curry for dinner.
Sunday, 11 pm: In the fancy parlour ready to play cards.
Sunday, midnight: Half done our local snaps and I am losing badly at Up the River Down the River.
Sunday night, 1 am: I am still losing badly.
Sunday night, 2 am: Things start to look up when the other guys go to the washroom and I fix the deck.
Sunday night, 3 am: Team Canada is still playing cards.
Sunday night, 4 am: After a long argument, we break out a notebook to calculate the probability of me losing the last hand. (Which I did.)
Monday, 11 am: Sun! But still too hazy to see Alps.
Monday, noon: Josh and everyone else is happy to eat pretzels.
Monday, 1 pm: Josh catches me napping.
Monday, 2 pm: I catch Josh napping.
Monday, 3 pm: A nice sunny walk to Meersburg.
Monday, 4 pm: Vinyards everywhere.
Monday, 5 pm: Dane’s goodbye dinner. I wouldn’t let him see this picture.
Monday, 6 pm: Climbing the hill and looking back at our pizza place.
Monday, 7 pm: INFORMATOR in Hagnau. We couldn’t get Facebook to load.
Monday, 9 pm: Aubergine parmesean in the oven, about three hours before the eggplants soften enough to eat them.
Monday, 10 pm: Snacking between courses.
Monday, 11 pm: All done.
Tuesday, 7 am: Back to dreary weather. Time to leave.
Tuesday, 8 am: Walking by a parking space on the way to buy pretzels. (For Arrested Development fans.)
Tuesday, 9 am: Josh fills out some form that the government requires.
Tuesday, 10 am: Tempted to buy a souvenir.
Tuesday, 11 am: Arriving in Contance.
Tuesday, noon: Testing out another sauna/spa.
Tuesday, 2 pm: Goodbye Germany!
Tuesday, 7 pm: Layover in sunny Amsterdam.
Tuesday, 8 pm: About to take the shuttle bus to my plane ride home.
Tuesday, 9 pm: Working on the plane with my luxurious three seats.
Tuesday, 10 pm: Cabin darkened for landing in Linköping.
Tuesday 11 pm: Home. Pickled herring. I meant to bring it for the other guys and now I’m stuck with it. Still in the fridge a month later.