In Potsdam - Day 6

Potsdam Travel Blog

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Hello everybody,
We had a terrific day yesterday. We met up with Christian and Barbara (the good samaritans who invited us to wait in their garden for our Servas host) who wanted to show us around. This ended up being a real treat!

First we stopped to pick up their 1-year old boy from day-care, who promptly fell asleep in his car seat (awww...). Then we drove around awhile, with Christian and Barbara pointing out various fun things. The amount of history in a place like this is very different from home, where of course we are so young as a nation.  We stopped at a villa-like structure originally intended to be replica of an Italian summer palace somewhere, but was never completed. It is a remarkable place, and you can climb the tall tower to get a spectacular view of Potsdam with Berlin in the distance (pictures to come).

We stopped for lunch in a little bistro where we had great quiche and salads. Then we walked around a shopping district with a wide boulevard only for pedestrians, no cars. This took us to the Dutch quarter, where all the buildings were built in the style of Holland. Then back to the car to resume our tour, and we drove around for a while longer. The whole time we had expert guides in Christian and Barbara; the amount of history and stories they knew was just wonderful. I don't think we could do this for others in our home of Bloomington : )

We finished at their place, where their 4-year old daughter was playing with Grandma (Barbara's mother who is visiting them). We had coffee and cake at the traditional time of 4:00, and they were shocked to find we didn't do this in the US - it's the best part of the day to them. We talked for quite some time, enjoying sharing ideas and differences of culture. Barbara and Christian love to practice their English. Eventually we decided to make Chicken Wild Rice soup for them. We went shopping for ingredients (our first time in a german grocery), and found that we would have to make some slight alterations to the recipe, but it turned out pretty well. The kids went to bed, but we stayed up until 2 am talking (which for Jenni is quite the feat). They also invited us to come back in September before we fly home from Berlin, and we hope that we are able to take them up on the offer. It was just simply a wonderful day all in all, and we feel we have made some great German friends!

Our only reservation: how can the rest of our trip live up to the precedent that was set so early? We feel we've just had what surely will be one of the highlights of the trip, so we just hope it isn't all downhill from here ; )

til next time
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