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Hiking at Kampinos Park

It finally stopped raining today, so we decided to visit a nearby park. It was about an hour away by public transportation.

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There was a variety of landscapes within the park; we wanted to find the sand dunes but we weren't successful. We thought it was by the swampland, but the swamp harboured a lot of mosquitoes so we speed walked out of the park as fast as we could! Good thing we bought mosquito repellent, but even so, we got bitten a couple of times.

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Random Pictures

We bought a board game in Germany, Pandemic Legacy. Each time you play, it permanently changes the game board and decisions you made last round affects future rounds

There is a shopping mall with an extremely fancy looking bathroom.

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Fire twirling
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Watching the World Cup
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Warsaw Again

We are back in Warsaw! Our plane was quite new and shiny, which was nice. It just started flying in 2018

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We had ample legroom again, thanks to the exit row!

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There was a universal plug on the airplane, very convenient
When we got back, our basil was a bit wilted but still alive!
The succulents had grown a lot as well
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Day in Frankfurt

We checked out of our hotel early in the morning, and drove to Frankfurt airport. We then took a train, and wandered around the old town

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Spent some time in a park by the river
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Saw the old town
And had some burgers that actually looked like the pictures!

We are at the airport now; our flight should be boarding soon.

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Flight from Frankfurt to Warsaw

We are going back to Warsaw tomorrow; we will be hitching a ride with some wedding guests who are also leaving from FRA on the same day. When we were choosing our plane seats, we were surprised to see the exit row seats were still available (and didn't cost any more money to select)! There was a warning that you needed to know English in order to sit there, so perhaps that's why they weren't taken.

Departure: Frankfurt (FRA) Arrival: Warsaw (WAW) Flight number: LO 380 (LOT) Departure: 2018-07-04, 7:50pm (local time) Arrival: 2018-07-04, 9:35pm (local time) 873-937-9437

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Heidelberg Castle

Today we visited the Heidelberg Castle and took a guided tour. It was destroyed (also known as "slighted") by the French by planting gunpowder charges into cracks in the wall from the inside. They only got inside by cutting off trade into the castle for 6 months, starving the inhabitants.

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The castle at its prime

The castle was expanded a few times over the years, with different rulers and architectural styles

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German Renaissance style
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Since the castle was on a hill, the moat did not hold water. Instead, they kept deer inside the moat since before the advent of refrigeration, it was best to keep the animals alive

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The English style architecture

The castle overlooked the town of Heidelberg

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There was a museum about apothecaries, which were like pharmacies in the olden days

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Distillation equipment
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Heidelberg church

We visited the church after having a late lunch, and then headed back to our hotel.

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Rhine River

We visited the town of Rüdesheim am Rhein, a small town along the Rhine river.

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There was a cable car that took us to the top of a hill, overlooking the town

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Butterflies!

We then took a cruise on the Rhine

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Assmannshausen... lol
There were quite a few castles
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We had some fish and chips on the boat
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It was a lot like Douro Valley in Portugal

And went to Mainz for dinner

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Day After the Wedding

Today we checked out of our Siefersheim B&B, and had brunch with the wedding guests nearby. It consisted of bread, hams, cheeses, which was very similar to a classic Polish breakfast! Afterwards, a group of Canadians took a small hike along some fields

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Wheat flowing in the wind like in the Gladiator movie

We found some cherry trees at the side of the path

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They were delicious

We went to a town nearby, and hiked up a hill. The scenery was beautiful!

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We saw some symbols written on doorways - apparently it's a Catholic symbol representing the three Wise Men.
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The restaurant we had "clean attack foam" instead of soap

We took a trip to Mainz, a large-ish city nearby

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And we were dropped off at our hotel in Alzey; our home for the next 3 days

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The hotel culture here seems very relaxed - they basically just give you the key to your room and let you in, no paperwork or credit card on hold. Very trusting!

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Vanessa and Paul's Wedding

We stayed at a winery B&B in Siefersheim

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Grapes were not ripe yet (or else we would have totally stolen some)
Cigarette vending machine, interesting
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Siefersheim church

Vanessa and Paul were married in Bermersheim vdH (not to be confused with the other Bermersheim nearby) which is about 20 minutes away from Siefersheim. We caught a ride with one of Paul's relatives who drove from London

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When driving back we saw some cans on the road, which was funny.
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The happy couple

The reception was held at a winery in Siefersheim

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In Siefersheim

So one plane, two trains, and a bus ride later, we have made it to our B&B in Germany.

Our first train was delayed by 5 minutes, which caused us to miss our connecting train in Mainz. We caught the next one, about 30 minutes later

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We watched a show on the train

We had to wait an hour for our bus in Bad Kreuznach, perfect time to grab some lunch! Looking back perhaps small town German sushi wasn't the greatest choice, but you live and you learn.

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Church in Bad Kreuznach

Here's our B&B, very stereotypically German looking.

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Now, after 10 hours of travelling, it is time to take a nap.

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Arrived at Frankfurt Airport

We got an exit row seat!

So much responsibility. And leg room.

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At Frankfurt airport now, we need to catch a train and then bus to Siefersheim...

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Leaving for Frankfurt

We got up at 4:30am to get ready for our 7:10am flight! We took a video of us locking the door to allay any fears that we accidentally left the door open...

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Boarding now! They didn't even check our passports. Schengen!

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Pilot washing his window before our flight
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Miscellaneous Pictures

We are making large batches of dough and freezing it in smaller portions, so we can have fresh bread on demand.

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This dough rised so much it almost escaped it's bag!
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We make pizza from the dough
We made tasty apple turnovers (not from the dough)
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Curry
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Dumplings! (Made the dumpling skin from scratch too, our first attempt was a bit thick)
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Tiny bottle of vanilla extract

An interesting thing we saw when we were coming home late at night: convenience stores are open, but only through a window.

There were a couple stores on the block with long lines

You tell the clerk what you want, and they get it for you! That's one way to keep everything in order.

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Saw some Jehovah's Witnesses... They really have some consistent branding!
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Giant unicorn!!
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Bought some cherries from the back of a truck (pretty tasty)
It's funny how many layers of stickers we have to unpeel to get English instructions
Epic Canada blanket
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We were looking to buy toothbrushes, and were surprised to see this giant one (it's for dentures)
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