Europe: Day 4

Today we got to sleep in a little bit which was really nice. This is our only soccer-free day we have on this trip, so we got to leave a little later and then just go around Rothenburg-odt. Unfortunately, we got a little lost on the way and lost some time. In fact, we’ve gotten lost on every single adventure except the one from new Heidelberg to old Heidelberg. I think the bus driver’s GPS needs to be updated. Getting lost doesn’t bother me though, you kinda just have to learn to enjoy the ride.

I really liked Rothenburg. The buildings on the inside of the wall were all the gothic style and were from medieval times. I wish we had more time there/the way our trip was organized was a little better. How it worked was we got there, had 40 minutes to look around, had to meet up again for an hour tour, then had about an hour and a half to look around more, and then we got dinner three and left. There was so much to see there, so I wish we would have had more time to actually look around the town uninterrupted. It was so cute!

For dinner we had traditional German food. We had some sort of soup with meat dumplings and then we had this “pasta dish” which had a savory sauce, noodles made out of dumpling dough, and pork. For dessert they served us apple strudel with a thin custard sauce which was probably the best dessert I’ve had here so far…actually that’s a lie because that’s really hard to choose.

We drove back and then I went with a few of the girls to walk around Heidelberg. We went to a little gelato place and got a little dessert/snack from there and then we decided to go explore the grocery store. I love grocery shopping in different countries. It’s so interesting to look at all of the different brand names of everything, the price, how the store is organized, what are popular products, just everything! As expected, their meat section consisted mainly of sausage type meats, the produce section was minimal (especially the vegetables), the cereal brands are all different (although a lot of the candy was surprisingly the same), and they sold mini kegs of beer for about 6 euro. They also had these really cute coke bottles that had your name on them! (like those keychains you get from souvenir shops, except it was a 1.5 liter bottle of coke). They had Tina, so I got a picture with it. 🙂

When we got back, I told Abbie (one of my teammates) “I just feel like going for a run!” and so we got about 5 of us together and went on a 20 minute job around the city. It felt so good just to go out and stretch our legs out and do something active after we’ve been sitting on a bus for over 10 hours in the past 2 days (not to mention all the heavy food we’ve been eating as well). I seriously don’t know how these Germans do it. They eat meat (like a lot of meat) with every meal, yet they don’t drink water! I asked for tap water at the restaurant last night and she was like “sorry, we don’t do that.” What?! Get a cut, turn the sink on, and just give it to me! But yeah, all the water they drink is mostly carbonated. Even at our soccer game, the other team provided us with water, but we drank sealed bottles of carbonated water. I wonder what they would think of our hose water, refillable gatorade bottles. haha.

It was a long day and I think irritation is starting to set in among the girls (when you put 22 girls together without any breaks for 13 days in a row, plus the irritation of traveling and getting lost on a daily basis, it’s bound to happen), so we’re all making the best of it. I haven’t really hung out with Anna much this trip (which is ok because we will have a whole year of being roommates coming up), but I did get to hang out and talk with her at night. We basically just talked about the trip and all of our different experiences and feelings we’ve had so far and how some things are exactly what we expected and how others have shocked us completely. This has been a trip, to say the least, but definitely not what I was expecting…I still can’t decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing yet.

Kristina: looking forward to a new day

Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber

Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber

Roommates in Rothenburg

Roommates in Rothenburg

Snowballs (deep fried ball-shaped dough...they taste similar to elephant ears)

Snowballs (deep fried ball-shaped dough…they taste similar to elephant ears)

Outside Kathe Wohlfahrt (famous Christmas store/museum)

Outside Kathe Wohlfahrt (famous Christmas store/museum)

Rothenburg (cathedral)

Rothenburg (cathedral)

Rothenburg

Rothenburg

Rothenburg

Rothenburg

Inside Kathe Wohlfahrt (Christmas store)

Inside Kathe Wohlfahrt (Christmas store)

They sell coke bottles with people's names on them!

They sell coke bottles with people’s names on them!

Just a little bit of the meat section in the grocery store

Just a little bit of the meat section in the grocery store

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