Days of Gratitude – Thursday 5th July 2012


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Grateful that today we decided to get a little off the tourist track.  Well not so off the beaten track for Germans but off the beaten track for English speaking tourists.  We headed out to a big brewery for a tour (in German).  Turned out to be a fabulous experience.  The brewery was massive.  We haven’t ever been to a brewery so big.  Each fermenter’s capacity is more than the total yearly production for most of the micro-breweries in South Australia. (Near Munich, Germany).

20120705 off the beaten tourist track

Days of Gratitude – Wednesday 4 July 2012


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Today was very hard to choose the appropriate photo for days of gratitude.  I was very grateful to finally be able to get to a laundromat this morning.  Skip ahead to next paragraph if that doesn’t sound interesting … the last washing machine we had was in Interlaken and involved some slightly dodgy electrical situation … an extension cord down from our apartment and unplugging a washing machine below our apartment … that was ages ago and since then it has been hand washing in extremely humid (so several outfits per day) Italy and Germany.  So to have a full compliment of clean clothes was very good.

However, we also went outside of Munich today to visit some brew pubs and the winner of Gratitude for the Day has to be meeting locals at a pub and Simon having enough German to get by in a conversation.  The photo is of Rudi’s stein.  He has his own stein kept at the brewery for when he comes.  Lovely to meet him and have the chance to have a conversation with him (well for Simon to have a conversation with him anyway).

20120704 Rudi's stein

Days of Gratitude – Tuesday 3 July 2012


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Grateful for the multicultural mix in Munich – we are in the “English” garden not far from the “Chinese” tower and see some lovely ladies pass by us in a boat.

20120703 lake at English garden

Days of Gratitude – Monday 2 July 2012


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Grateful for a bowl of vegetables in Munich … lovely to see such relatively relatively healthy food after a week of pizza and pasta in Italy (I wasn’t counting the 1/2 stick of melted butter on the vegetables …).

20120701 vegetable in Munich

Days of Gratitude – Tuesday 19 June


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Grateful for the delicious chocolate football’s handed out on our train rides today 🙂

20120619 chocolates

Days of Gratitude – Monday 18 June


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Grateful that we packed light to start with and after a month away ‘only’ had to post back 8kg of stuff including clothes now considered excess to requirements.  Very grateful we wont have to carry it all for the next two months.

20120618 packing box to post home

Days of Gratitude – Sunday 17th June


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Had a bit of a head cold today so grateful that our schedule is flexible enough to have a day relaxing watching other people bike ride and jog along the lovely river front park in Koln.

20120617 relaxing in the park Koln

Days of Gratitude – Saturday 16 June


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Grateful that my bridesmaids didn’t make me dress up like this and sell ‘things’ – apparently all the rage for Hen’s parties in Dusseldorf (oh and the bucks were often dressed as rabbits too and also selling ‘things’).

20120616 hen's party dusseldorf

Days of Gratitude – Friday 15 June


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Grateful that they serve beer in tiny little glasses in Koln.

20120615 small beer glasses koln