So, I’m really bad about updating a blog. Apparently this isn’t just a problem for me, as most people stop or fall of the wagon for periods of time. I’m sorry for that, but I presume most of you lead more important lives then waiting for me to update my blog, but you never know. On that note I havn’t wished anyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
I know it’s a lot late, and Christmas is just around the corner, so Happy Holidays and New Years too! This time just a bit early.
So Thanksgivings’ trip was tagged as Chocolate, Christmas, and Castles Galore! We did all three.
Wednesday after school Geri, Kelsey, and I left to head out of Aviano to the Northwest of Italy. We arrived in Trent, had made good time even with the traffic jam in Venice, but apparently hotels in Italy don’t update their address’ very often, nor provide adequate directions on their websites. We ended up back on the autostrada and at the first gas station approached a man pumping his gas, praying for English as our groups Italian consists of limited vocabulary necessary to make it to the restroom, order food, ask the cost, and say thanks and welcome. He didn’t of course, but his hand directions were adequate and we picked out a few key words.
They didn’t help 2 hours later, we did make it to the hotel and the man’s directions would have been golden if we’d understood maybe one or two more words. The hotel was nice, the carpet made me nauseous, but it was friendly and business oriented. Hotel dinner was awkward. When we walked in the men were all at tables alone facing the same direction for half the room and vice versa. Thank god we were seated in the bar area, still creepy but less so. We had a good meal, Smoked ricotta is delicious!
Thursday we left early to drive to the first castle. We didn’t tour it, because we wanted to get to Munich for Thanksgiving dinner, and try to catch the showing of Harry Potter in English. Plus our chocolate factory visit was that day, and no one misses chocolate! The Ritters Sport Factory was nice, nothing like Hershey or what I expected, but the chocolate was a lot cheaper so I bought a lot! Arriving in Munich a short time later, we drove to the hotel. It just happened to be in the Red Light District, so while a very convenient location to the Platz, somewhat of an awkward arrival. No matter, we stayed and enjoyed turkey weinersnitzel with curry on top and French fries. Not really a Thanksgiving substitute. The city of Munich at night is lit up, our area of town especially mostly with signs like sexy shop, again not really a great Thanksgiving substitute.
Friday we left the hotel early to go to the Munich Christmas Market. I love shopping at these Christmas Markets, they make such wonderful days as I love to shop, and see the city at the same time. We watched the Glockenspiel, shopped till we dropped, and moved on over to the Hard Rock Café and Hofbrahaus. After shopping until the late afternoon we again headed to another castle. This time the Disney Castle Neuschwanstein. Please if you can speak German no commenting on my spelling, I am atrocious at speaking and spelling German!
The ride to Neuschwanstein was entertainment packed, we sang Glee Christmas Carols repeatedly, did a 360 and slid into the snowbank, learned how to put chains on our car, and had a picnic of a dinner in our beautiful castle hotel rooms. Because I’m going back in January and time was short, I didn’t tour the beautiful castles interiors. Instead we walked through the giftshops and had a marvelous time. Leaving early to avoid the snow we drove back to Italy to stay in Riva del Garda. It is a beautiful resort town in both summer and winter. Now let me ask you a question, do I look much like an active hiker? Several times throughout this trip I was given hiking guides, tips, and trails to explore. I was just confused by this as I’m not really an outdoorsy, woodsy person. Regardless, the area around the lake is wonderful, even in the cold weather there were windsurfers and sail boats, people hiking the paths, and visiting the area shops. We had one mission to find the next castle. The next castle was in ruins, but I think the most beautiful of the ones we visited. Don’t know why exactly, but as my favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo maybe it reminds me of the prison. Similar looks actually having been to visit that prison too. At any rate arriving back in Aviano was nice, trips are always exhausting. Getting ready to teach the next day, was a challenge but I managed and pulled it off without a hitch.
Now I know this is really late, so you’re going to get this post plus my goodbye to Aviano and Rome’s first day. I apologize for so many on one day, but I finally have free time.