Saturday, October 29, 2011

Travel Day: Day 4

We pretty much spent the entire day traveling from Munich to Brugge. We found ourselves RUNNING in one of the train stations to barely make it onto one of our trains. Try running through the train station, turning 180 degrees at mach speed and the sprinting up an escalator with a 40 lb suitcase. It was hilarious. It was another one of those moments that I wished someone had a video camera on us because I can only imagine what we looked like. Its funny about traveling in Europe. People know you’re not a local and most of the time they laugh at you trying to figure things out. We’ve been very lucky though with the people we’ve met on trains and such who willingly explain things and try to help you out. Its really sweet to see them try to explain it in English and use hand gestures and diagrams and you’re just smiling and nodding along.
We made all our connections and arrived in Brugge quickly and safely.

We found our cute little hotel and decided to take a night walk around the town. Belgium is famous for french fries so it smells like them in most places. That causes you to crave hamburgers so we hit up the late night burger restaurant. Delish. We took some fun night pictures before heading back to our hotel for the night. Its crazy how exhausting riding on a train all day is.

Always some jumping pictures!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Germany Day 3

Germany Day 3

Day 3 was by far my favorite day in Germany! We took a bus tour to Neuschwanstein castle, the Linderhoff Castle, and Oberameergau. First off, the lady that gave us the tour through Munich was the same lady that was giving this tour. She LOVED being a tour guide. She talked non-stop for almost an hour on our way to our first stop: Linderhoff Castle over-pronouncing every word and repeating herself multiple times to make sure we caught everything. There were a couple of times I thought I was going to ralph all over from a combination of motion sickness, loud lady yelling into the speakers, and whatever I ate for breakfast. Thankfully we arrived at Linderhoff and explored the grounds.

It was absolutely beautiful. The castle is tucked away into the mountains because King Ludwig loved privacy. We didn’t have much time at this castle so we weren’t able to walk on all of the trails. (next time)

Next stop: O-BER-AMM-ER-GAU (said in the voice of our tour guide). Oberammergau is a cute little German town filled with wood carving shops. They have the most amazing cuckoo clocks and I wanted one really badly but thought it would be impossible to 1) travel on the bus with and 2) it was only day 3 of our 18 day trip. I did, however, pick up some cute little pinecone figures for a gift. They’re so great! The town is also filled with houses that have nursery rhymes painted on the side (random) It was in this town that Theresa and I also about got left by the bus… whoops.

This was my favorite postcard in all of Germany!

Final stop: Neuschwanstein. INCREDIBLE. You see pictures and you think of Cinderella and then you’re there and its huge and wonderful and spectacular. We stopped for lunch at the base of the castle before deciding how we were going to get to the top. You have 3 options: 1) Walk 2) Horse drawn carriage or 3) Bus. The bus line was incredibly long as was the carriage line so we thought we’d just have to haul it up the trail. The guide says it takes approximately 45 minutes to walk up to the top (our guide says it takes her 30 minutes)… it took us about 17. We were SO sweaty by the time we got to the top because we decided we would speed walk. It then became the running joke of the trip that whenever we were given a time limit, we knew we could do it in half that. We also wanted to make it to Mary’s Bridge which was about 20 minutes away from the top on the other side (yeah, we walked that in less than 10 minutes). Check out the pictures both from the bridge and then from the castle. Amazing right?! We had the most beautiful day and were able to see for miles and miles. It was pretty incredible. Thankfully on the way home, our tour lady didn’t say a word. 

Just checking out the hang-gliders over the castle

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Janmaier Wedding

Congratulations to Greg and Haley Altmaier on your marriage. Enjoy the pictures from yet another epic dance party.

Please notice Trent...

Love these girls

The Big Kat and I

Justin and Penelope

My bff Ryne

Excellent photo bomb by Scott

Cupid Shuffle

The Cha Cha Slide always brings a crowd to the dance floor!

Look at these fellas!

Some of the best friends a girl can have.

Let the dance party begin! Joshy D is always good for a solid dance party!

Break it down Big Kat

A little air band!
My favorites from the solo dance shots!

This was JP's idea