We had a fun weekend catching up with some old friends. Adrian and Maria, friends from Argentina (via Irvine), were in Munich for a few days with their kids. Denis, from France (also via Irvine), came down and stayed with his cousin in Munich. Christian and Debora, Christian being Denis’ former roommate in Irvine, live in Munich. So Matthias and I hopped on a train and headed down to meet them on Saturday.
I was actually down there Thursday as well to spend some time with Maria and the kids while Adrian worked with some collaborators at the University. Both days were tiring but fun!
It was Clair’s first train ride, and she seemed to enjoy. She seems to enjoy most things, and that’s something we love about her! It was quite warm on Thursday and I carried her in the Ergobaby, so we were sweaty, and my legs were really tired by the end of the day. Clair gave herself a chapped upper lip by constantly licking the sweat off! The carrier had it’s advantages. I didn’t have to worry about maneuvering a stroller through the tight sidewalks and U-bahns in Munich. It was crowded, especially on Saturday, so I liked the compactness of the carrier. Plus, I have to say I got a really good workout carrying that extra 8 Kgs!
Saturday was great. Matthias, Clair and I headed to the hotel and met Denis there along with Adrian and Maria. We talked non-stop most of the time. We helped them get their luggage to the train station as they caught a night train to Italy on Saturday night. We didn’t do much site seeing, which was fine with us. We ate, as we usually do with our friends. We actually at at an Argentinian restaurant near the Rindmarkt. It was definitely pricey, but it was to be expected in that area. It had the advantage of being big enough for two tired toddlers to have some space to move a bit.
After lunch, Christian and Debora came by and we headed toward the Deutsches Museum (the German version of the Smithsonian Air and Space museum in DC). We said goodbye the Adrian, Maria and the kids at a little coffee shop when they headed to the museum . The rest of us chilled out and chatted over coffee for a little while longer.
Our friend Denis is a funny, interesting guy, and he seems to have cousins all over the world. Every time we mention going somewhere, he always says “Oh, I have a cousin there!” One of his useful cousins has a chalet in Austria, so we may be trying to plan a ski vacation with Denis, Christian and Debora this winter! One thing to know about Denis is that he never exercises, but seems to be in better shape than anyone else I have ever met. When he hiked up Mt. Whitney in 2001 with a bunch of friends, he also carried a bag of oranges to the top to hand out to the others (who felt like they were dying from the assent). Needless to say, he is a good person to have around on hikes. It must be in his blood – those Frenchmen! He also brings really good cheeses, chocolate and wine most places he goes and is happy to share with everyone./p>