Bratwurst Wednesday

Bratwurst and various salads

My work colleagues like to tease me that I eat more German food than most Germans do. What can I say, I like it, and I want to enjoy it while I can. The local butcher has Bratwurst on sale on Wednesdays 5.75 Euro per Kilogramm instead of the normal 10 Euro. It is always really fresh and juicy, and fairly coarse. They will make them however big you want. Today we had them with all sorts of salads Clare bought from the grocery store – potato , green cabbage red cabbage , cucumber , carrot, and beet (not pictured).

Snap crackle pop

Yesterday as I was biking into town past the fields of golden grain I heard a strange sound – it sounded like the grain was popping. After a few minutes of searching Google and skipping over the articles about popcorn, I found someone else who had heard the crackling grain too. I am not actually sure if it is barley. I have tried researching different grains, but I have yet to learn how to identify the different varieties. Perhaps a reader can correct me.

Liechtenstein

Fedibbletys in Vaduz

I have always wanted to visit Liechtenstein, I suppose just because it is a tiny country. Today we’re finally made it happen. We stopped for a couple hours on our way from Italy. We drove through a bunch of Switzerland, which was really beautiful. The toilets at one of the rest stops were very unique. The weather wasn’t great, raining on and off. It was clear for an hour or so though, and we enjoyed just strolling through Vaduz, looking up at the castle and visiting the old covered bridge to Switzerland.

Lazy on Lake Iseo

Today we spent the whole day just relaxing by lake Iseo. We went swimming for a bit, which was nice, but not as nice as Lake Bled or in Pula. We enjoyed making Italian style coffee, playing crazy 8s, and napping on the balcony with fake grass carpet.

Benvenuti in Italia

Meg and Clare at Lake Iseo

Today we arrived at Lake Iseo, in northern Italy. The drive was relatively easy, other than the hour long wait to cross the border from Croatia to Slovenia. The border from Slovenia to Italy was not controlled.

After we got settled in and got some groceries we went out for some famous Italian pizza, which did not disappoint. In Italy they take your temperature at all restaurants. They do not take your address like in Germany though. Life in the Covid crisis is interesting

Life by the sea

As usual, Clare found us a fantastic place to stay, with beautiful views, and a 10 minute walk to the beach. The beach in Croatia is rocky, but we were prepared with water shoes.

This morning we went to the beach. The water was crystal clear. We saw some starfish , small jellyfish which don’t sting, and many beautiful rocks.

Welcome to Pula

View from the balcony in Pula, Croatia

For the most part our trip has gone really well in spite of Corona measures. Perhaps the worst part is border crossings. Today we waited over 90 minutes to cross from Slovenia to Croatia. It was incredibly hot in the car, as you can see by the sweat dripping down Spencer’s face. Fortunately I read some of Surely you’re joking Mr. Feynman for entertainment.

Spencer sweating while waiting in line at the border

Swimming in Lake Bled

After touring the Bled castle today, we spent most of the rest of the day enjoying the lake. Clare was the photographer this afternoon, and thus not pictured 🙁 The water was a bit cold, but amazingly clean and clear, and definitely swimmable. We rented a stand up paddleboard for awhile, which Meg and I very much enjoyed. Spencer and I tried to swim out to the island near the end, but I could only make it about 2/3 of the way. He probably could have made it the whole way. I don’t think I have ever swum in a more picturesque setting.

Wild waters

Today we hiked part of the Wilde Wasser trail in Schladming Austria. It was very steep at times, but it was really beautiful, and we were rewarded with a beer garden at the top. The weather was perfect. We finished around 15.30, and it started raining around 16.30.

Fedibbletys at Riesach waterfall