What can I say? This glorious trip to Germany this time included even more beautiful and scenic vistas, fresh mountain air, hearty food, and some grand socializing. All the things I went for. Ahhhhh! In fact, it had been quite chilly and raining before I came, guess I brought some Iraqi sun with me. The sun shone warm for days and days (rain returned only once briefly before I left), reflecting in the sunny attitudes of those I met.
Yes, the best part was the people. Specifically some of the great people from my Church. I contacted two of them ahead of time online and they welcomed me right in when I arrived. The very first day I found myself at a lodge by a lake with a hundred others and there was food, good clean fun, programs, and one of the best dances I have seen--those German LDS singles can dance like nobody’s business!! They start teaching them at age 14/15 and once they are college age--wow!
The third night I was visiting a church in my Mission’s first city, Kaiserslautern and I was thrown in a car and taken to a BBQ/water party by some American singles. I had 4 large glasses of lemon-aid and 3 Rootbeer floats, SO GOOD! I’ve been in Iraq too long and for those things I surely was thirsty !!
And so it went. Members often gave me a place to stay, invited me to events, fed me, made sure I was secure. Thanks to this world-wide church, I have always found good clean fun, food, and friends almost everywhere I go. How great it is to arrive and be treated like family in a foreign land. I even met a couple I knew. From Utah, of course!
But here are some pictures of some places for you…