Fasching in Germany
(German Mardi Gras) thought to chase away winter and celebrate before Lent begins, HUGE PARTY day and night.
a few interesting things, they actually grab people from the crowd and pretend to run away with them AND they are dressed very scary. Blake was abducted by one and Trey had his shoe laces taken and burned, this was a big thing in the festivities. This particular day the parades were in our town.
The next day, Tuesday, we planned to train it to Munich but nobody had the energy for such a LONG day sooooooo Donna and I headed to the Mineral Baths in my town. Mineral Baths in Germany are very popular but I had yet to make it there. Well, one floor is all these beautiful type pools in different rooms and different settings, so relaxing. Relaxing enough that we planned to get a massage and decided it wasn't necessary after a day in the baths. Oh, let me mention, there were swimsuits in the baths.
we decided we needed some sauna time. Well, there are several different types of saunas on another floor so since that was included in our admission we went to check it out. NUDE NUDE EVERYWHERE!!!! Everyone knows Europeans are very open to nudity but this was seriously over the top. Lots of older people but the ages did range. They were hanging out having lunch, laying in chairs reading and in open showers and in the saunas. OMG!!!! We kept our towels on and since our swimsuits didn't have straps no one knew we had suits on under. The towels alone were out of place though, I am sure it screamed AMERICANS!!!!! We were brave enough to venture into one sauna that looked like only one guy was sitting in it. That is until we opened the door and another was laying up top with all his junk hanging out. It was all we could do to keep our composure. We laid down immediately , towels stayed on, and we stayed there for about 15 minutes then we had to get out of there. One part of European culture I cannot adapt to.
We did have a gourmet lunch at the end though and it all in all was a pleasant relaxing experience.
The boys went to have Indian food for lunch and then hit up some casinos and the "MALL". Dont think American mall, German malls are different. Yes, it is shopping but it is also restaurants and cafes with people having beer and wine all through the center of the mall. Its a beautiful thing.
Donna and I decided to let the boys go out for a bit this evening and we took the kids to Sensapolis, an indoor amusement park kinda thing. It was amazing. Rock climbing, slides 10 stories high, zip lining and just about anything else you could imagine. The kids had such a great time.