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Fun with my Daughter

Once I scheduled my trip to Damanhur for the Nurture your Nature Retreat (I’ll get to that!), I then scheduled my trip to Germany to visit my daughter, Alana – or rather she scheduled the visit!

By the way, this is just a blog about me, missing my daughter, and re-seeing her University friends as young adults.  None of them really knew what they were going to do with the rest of their lives, all were furthering their education in some manner or another.  They had steady jobs, lived independently, and yet felt they were missing something in their lives…sound familiar? I think the most important thing we can do right now is sit with the uncomfortableness of change – it’s happening – it’s an undercurrent – and life goes on…

This segment of the trip was a whirlwind.  I flew into Milan, Italy where Alana picked me up at the airport with “Mom, we can run to the train that leaves in 10 minutes or wait an hour!”  We ran.  We took the train to Lugano Switzerland to visit her University friends.  May I say chocolate?  What I miss the most about Alana’s University days was her coming home with chocolate!  And the cappuccinos – yes, I was going to Italy, but Swiss milk is amazing, and they dust the cappuccino with chocolate…Not to mention Lugano is beautiful! 

One night and day of shopping later, we caught the train to Zurich to meet up with more University friends.

I’ve flown in and out of Zurich several times but never spent any time there – it’s a new favorite of mine!  Zurich is a young, multi-cultural city with a lot of English spoken!  The city is so clean and beautiful – and home of more chocolate!  Hopefully my pictures reflect the beauty of the city and my love and enjoyment of the time spent with my daughter.  We did find a vegan Mexican restaurant that was amazing.  Look up the company Green Queen – Zurich has a “think tank” ETH Zurich, where Doctorate and University students gather, collaborate, and expand on the ideas for most anything.  I love traveling and meeting people who are passionate about the world we live in…

On to the train station and to Frankfurt Germany. After Alana graduated, she worked for two years in Frankfurt and is very comfortable there.   I’ve been in Europe for three days, visited 3 countries (ok maybe Milan doesn’t count!) and have yet to see my daughter’s home…

We arrived in Frankfurt and walked a few blocks from the train station to arrive at our Airbnb.  Alana got a sweet deal – we just had to agree to feed Hazel, the cat.  Hazel was a doll and no trouble at all!  Alana heads out the next morning for her colleague’s wedding and I crash for the first time since I landed!  She tried to get me to “go explore” – nope, I was content wandering around the neighborhood for food and catching up on my sleep.  We had Oktoberfest at 10:30 am the next day!  I did end up getting out as Alana forgot the wedding present!  I met her outside the wedding reception.  The cab driver mentioned a large concert…

I didn’t expect Oktoberfest to be so much fun.  This was “family” day.  Don’t judge – I had so much fun watching 2, 3, and 4 generations together having fun, singing, and dancing to the band.  Yes, we joined in – videos are not attached!  Who knew “Fest Beer” was so high in alcohol content – and by the way, that large concert?  It was Ed Sheeran.  Word was the night before he came to the Oktoberfest in costume and sang with the band…missed him by hours!  Maybe I wouldn’t have noticed him… Alana got a great shot of me passed out on the couch…again, not attached!

The next day we packed up, said goodbye to Hazel and walked to the train station where we caught the train to Kassel – Alana’s current home.

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