Thursday, July 6, 2017

Fiber Souvenirs!

When you have serious luggage constraints you can't get too crazy with fiber purchases while you're traveling...but I did manage to bring home some fun yarn!

When we were visiting Muenster I came across a great little yarn shop in the main shopping area downtown. I found the needles I needed quickly and there were baskets of sock yarn ripe for the picking! I picked the two that stood out from the rest and was on my way feeling good that I didn't have everyone waiting too long for me!



During our layover in Iceland I was in for a surprise...yarn at the airport! It was so squishy and beautiful! We hardly had enough time to use the rest room and make it to our next gate, but we stopped at the gift shop when I saw piles of yarn and handknits hanging up...I would have loved a sweater kit, but they didn't have any and I didn't have enough time to figure out how much yarn to buy so like a complete fiber-obsessed maniac I grabbed a cute little hat kit! It has the yarn for the hat and a pattern and I think it will definitely whet my appetite for more Icelandic knitting!



Have you ever seen yarn in an airport to buy?

Monday, July 3, 2017

Our Last German Evening


Once we were back in Germany we only had one evening left before it was time to leave. We were sad when we found out my host mother had gone back to the hospital while we had been away, and had a lot of packing to do, but still were able to barbecue with my host father and his sister that evening.

Little Man was so happy to be able to play with his new pal Paulie again! Here they are playing in the garden below.





My host father's law practice is the ground floor of the building and his sister lives in the apartment above. The apartment has a beautiful terrace that overlooks the city square and the historical church.




I couldn't leave Warstein without having one last Warsteiner beer with my dinner!


The brats were from Lora's butcher shop..they make them right there with their own recipes.





The morning we left we were up early! My host father made breakfast for us one last time and then we were on the road for Frankfurt.


Our flight flew from Frankfurt back to Iceland and during our flight we passed over Greenland!



Saturday, July 1, 2017

Amsterdam!

The great thing about staying in Noordwijk was that we were less than an hour away from Amsterdam so we were able to go there for a day. I had been there years before with my host family but didn't remember much and was excited to see more of the city.

We drove to a Park and Ride and then took a streetcar into the city.




Above is the main train station.



Not far from the train station we came across a silly photo op outside a souvenir shop.






Amsterdam is famous for its canals and we saw lots of them while we walked around the city.




We even enjoyed lunch sitting by a canal...and I had a Heineken...I figured I should have one where its made!


We quickly saw the Red Light District. Down this alleyway are little closets with windows where women stand/dance around and try to get customers.


In the Red Light District there is a statue called 'Belle' which represents sex-workers around the world.


Little Man was looking forward to a canal-boat ride, and it was a great way to take a break from all the walking we had already done.








After the canal-boat we headed to the Anne Frank House where we took a tour and walked through the museum.

Afterwards we walked our weary selves back to the train station and made our way to the car and back to Noordwijk.  


We enjoyed the view of the sun setting over the water while eating fish and chips...it was a great way to end the day!




The next morning after we checked out I took some photos of the famous dunes of Noordwijk Aan Zee.. look how high they are!



I also took a photo of some of the thatched roofs...gorgeous!


Then we stopped at Middyne, which is the bed and breakfast that I stayed at with my host family back in 1994. It used to belong to the aunt of my host father, but after she passed it was sold. It made me sad to see it in disrepair, but I had fun telling Hubby and Little Man about it!


And then, after some photos of windmills on the way out of Noordwijk we were on our way back to Warstein...


...which was good because Little Man was pooped!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Noordwijk Aan Zee


From Muenster we drove 2.5 hours to the little seaside village of Noordwijk Aan Zee in the Netherlands.



Driving to our bed and breakfast we passed homes on canals with their boats tied up!




Little Man's favorite feature of our room? Stairs!



Our bed and breakfast




Since we were only a block away from the beach we went walking on it almost right away. It was the first time Little Man and Hubby had seen the North Sea.





The lighthouse of Noordwijk Aan Zee.




Both evenings we ate at the same oceanfront restaurant.



The first night Hubby and I had schnitzel.



After dinner we enjoyed walking back to the hotel...look how beautiful the sky and lighthouse were!



Monday, June 26, 2017

Muenster Germany

Just an hour away from my host parents is the city of Muenster, where my host sisters live with their families. We stayed with my host sister Eva and visited with my other host sister Anne who took us on a walking tour of the city. We were also lucky in that the citywide yearlong Sculpture Project was open for us to see. We weren't able to see all of the exhibits, but what we did see made a big impression!



Little Man had a great time hanging out with Eva's daughter again. They rode around, splashed around in water in the garden and whittled wood. 



At Anna's house we had an amazing dinner on the balcony, and even enjoyed watching a blimp and hot air balloons!



If you get down at the right view it looks like these globes are floating on the lake!



We placed the Frankenstein sticker for my brother as a part of the art installation project he's working on....I even got his name in the shot!


When I realized my project bag was lost I kept my eyes open for a local yarn shop and look what I found! It took me less than 10 minutes to find new sock needles and some fun self-striping yarn. The ladies were so helpful and sweet! I would have loved to look around some more but we had a lot more of the city to see!


We walked by St Lamberti's church and talked to Little Man a bit about the history of it.


While walking we came across this part of Sculpture Project that had African art suspended in the trees above.




Here's my favorite spot from the project. To see the best view of what's written in the antennae, my host sister and I laid down in the grass and looked up. I read the words in German, and translated them out loud to her...in English, the words say:

My Dear One! When you are lying in the grass, with your head thrown back, there is no one around you, and only the sound of the wind can be heard and you look up into the open sky – there, up above, is the blue sky and the clouds floating by – perhaps this is the very best thing that you have ever done or seen in your life.

In German it says:
Mein Lieber! Du liegst im Gras, den Kopf im Nacken, um dich herum keine Menschenseele, du hörst nur den Wind und schaust hinauf in den offenen Himmel – in das Blau dort oben, wo die Wolken ziehen - das ist vielleicht das Schönste, was du im Leben getan und gesehen hast.









Little Man and Hubby took a walking break on the lake in a pedalboat.



It was burning hot for Germany while we were walking around so after miles of walking I introduced Little Man and Hubby to a German creation...spaghetti ice cream! It's vanilla ice cream made to look at spaghetti and topped with a "sauce" made of strawberries...it was a hit with Little Man!


While we were sitting eating our frozen treats a little boy at the table next to ours dropped the ice cream right off his cone. When I looked down at it melting on the ground I thought it just looked like sadness. When his parents got him a new scoop it was in a cup :)


 We had such a great, jam-packed time in Muenster, and two days later we were on the road again!