"One day it occurred to me that it had been many years since the world had been afforded the spectacle of a man adventurous enough to undertake a journey through Germany on foot. After much thought, I decided that I was a person fitted to furnish to mankind this spectacle. So I determined to do it. This was in March, 1878." Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad


Skating into the New Year

(As you can see, I am still playing catch-up from when my family was here over the holidays.)

My brother and his wife left Heidelberg at the crack of dawn on New Year's Day (and had to fight for a taxi to the train station with a bunch of still-drunk-and-beginning-to-be-hungover partygoers on their way home). That left my parents and sister and her husband to celebrate New Year's Day with us. Everything in the town was closed except for the last remnants of the Christmas Market, which included the outdoor skating rink. And you're never too old to strap on a pair of skates and give it a go.

Aunt J and Uncle M in Karlsplatz, in front of the remaining market stalls and the skating rink

the four of us ice skating/ice standing

ice dancing (shhh! don't tell the obstetrician the patient is skating)

navigating our way through the gobs of little kids (one of whom decided it would be fun to throw snow balls in the father's face)

Grandpa and our little cheerleader

the cool old couple who had better moves than we did

and there's nothing like a hot mug of gluehwein and a bratwurst to keep you warm afterwards

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