We took a trip out to the Black Forest with some friends from New York, and we visited a few interesting places. The first was a waterfall near the ruins of an old monastery.
Side note: I fit into the coffin perfectly.
From the monastery, we followed a hiking trail down around a long waterfall. My pictures came out poorly, but the falls were pretty neat. It took about 20 minutes to walk to the bottom.
Along the trail, a plaque mounted to a rock translates to this:
Brother Pauli was a convent chaplain, who did not take his vows so seriously. He melted his silver crucifixes for bullets, which he then used for poaching. Before God’s judgment, he was sentenced to the grounds of the Monastery of All Saints, as a ghost walking around restlessly. Many times he played nasty tricks on coachmen and emptied the baskets of blueberry pickers.
We successfully avoided the antics of Brother Pauli.
When we returned, we went to the nearby restaurant, and I ordered the most German of German meals you can buy: meat on meat loaf with some leberwurst, bread and butter, egg, and some vegetables there for show. And a good southern pils to wash it down.
Alissa ordered Käsespätzle, which I think can be best described as an “epic macaroni and cheese”. The problem with the use of the word “epic” is that the style can vary from place to place. There’s a restaurant near us that serves traditional German cuisine, and their Käsespätzle is absolutely fantastic. We’ve been there 3 times, she always orders the Käsespätzle, and I always try something else. I am always mildly disappointed, and end up eating off her plate. But not this time. This time, mine was amazing.
See that thick piece of semi-raw-looking bacon? We’ve purchased that before, from the grocery stores near us. But we never knew how to eat it. It’s a bit awkward, right? What would you do with a gigantic hunk of semi-raw bacon? Cook it? How would you slice it? You can’t just fry the whole thing, because then it’d be a gigantic hunk of bacon that’s burnt on the outside. And it’s just thin enough that it’s really too hard to slice into regular bacon (or lunch-meat style slices). I ended up slicing it into little annoying pieces, and frying them. Then I realized that the top and bottom parts are really too tough to chew. It was disappointing.
Anyway, today was the day I learned how to eat it. You simply slice super-thin pieces from the side, and eat them. They melt in your mouth. I spent the second half of our meal just slicing off thin pieces. Absolutely delicious.
Then we went to the Rodelbahn in Gutach. This is an invention that should be in the United States. If we don’t have these, someone needs to get on it. Here’s the basic idea: put a little plastic car onto train tracks, and give the rider a brake handle in case they’re going fast enough to die.
Seriously, these were awesome. The first time we rode, Alissa rode with me (there’s a seat in the front). Then we went by ourselves. We could have spent hours riding that thing. This was the view on the way up the tracks:
It was a pretty great day.