I know, I know... you're all dying to know what I've been up to here in Germany. Well, at least, if you're my parents, you probably are.
Bear with me, folks. I'm typing on my iPad, and while I loves me some iPad, I hate typing on it. The autocorrect function kills me, and editing is a pain. On the plus side, Angry Birds is a lot of fun on an iPad, and if I ever managed to find a few minutes to myself, I imagine I'd love reading all of those books I have stored on it somewhere. But, as usual, I digress.
We're here. And when we're not fighting, or bickering, or calling each other stupid dummy heads, we're having fun. I'll have to post photos and details later, because I don't know how to get pictures out of my camera without my computer. I also don't know how to get my kids to stop whining. But that's another story.
We've been to the princess castle. How in the heck do you attach a link to this thing, anyway? Well, go here to see what I'm talking about: http://www.neuschwanstein.de/englisch/palace/index.htm. My whole life I wanted to see this place. Just, you know, not in the rain and with four kids in tow. But it was pretty amazing anyway.
We also took a gondola up into the Alps and went out on the AlpspiX. You can see it here: http://www.zugspitze.de/en/summer/berg/garmisch-classic/alpspix.htm. Which, trust me, is a whole lot better than seeing it in person, if you're scared of heights. I pretty much assumed that one of my kids was going to get tossed over the side by a strong gust of wind, but they all lived to fight another day. When I finally do post the pictures, you'll get to see one of me, clinging to the edge like a baby, terrified to step out there.
We also went the Partnach Gorge (http://europeforvisitors.com/germany/garmisch/partnach-gorge-partnachklamm.htm), on the rainiest day you can imagine, and it was all kinds of awesome. We were soaked through, but it was so worth it. I'd love to go back on a sunny day just to see how different it would be. It was truly amazing, and because the kids were so terrified and the path was so narrow and the rain was so strong, the kids couldn't fight, not one bit. God, I loved that place.
Today we rented bikes and rode to the Olympic Ski Stadium, where we found a toboggan ride and a bungee swing for the kids. They were thrilled. We also rode up a steep hill to a little lake. Okay, okay- everyone else rode. I might have had to walk my bike for a bit. But I made it to the lake eventually. And I'm happy to report that there were no piranha, sharks or other man-eating creatures in the lake, despite what Shay told his siblings.
And of course we went to Munich. It's a big city, and we only spent maybe four hours there, so we didn't see much. But we had lunch at a cafe on the Marienplatz, which was just all sorts of interesting, and we took the kids to the treasury museum so the girls could see real princess crowns.
So you see we've been busy. Right now I'm resting my aching butt - why hasn't anyone found a way to make padded bike seats? - and doing laundry while Bart takes the kids swimming in the hotel pool. Tomorrow, who knows? Maybe we'll go up the Zugspitz if it's a clear day, or take the train into Innsbruck.
Back later with more, I promise, either on Facebook or on this here blog. But for now - gotta go fold laundry!
Apologies for any typos.