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I Am Dreaming

I am currently typing this blog from Karlstein near Dettingen in Germany, folks.  This trip has been an absolute dream.  As much as I would like to put up photos from my trip right now, I am not able, however, my next blog will be from home and I do hope to put up a ton of pictures.

To summarize my last three days, I left the country, missed a connection, lost my luggage temporarily, and have a group of wonderful people I can call family.  Learning German isn’t necessarily the hardest thing right now, it is accepting the kindness of strangers that I can now call friends. 

I did not know what to expect when I arrived in Frankfurt, we missed our connecting flight and didn’t have a way of contacting Leslie and Matthias, so we just hoped they were still at the airport waiting for us.  We got to them and made our way into Frankfurt to see their apartment and learn about the subway system.  We then traveled to a nearby city called Seligenstadt and had lunch with both families of the wedding and walked around.  Being here is simply like a dream….crazy but true, you cannot take a bad picture here in Germany…at least in the country.  🙂  That evening was rounded out by having a small tradition German dinner of bread, sausage, slices of ham, butter, and cheese.  Matthias’ parents’ neighbors offered to let us stay with them….beautiful house (three stories of heaven).  You shall see pictures later.

The wedding day was absolute chaos at first, however, it gave way to relief once things happened.  Leslie looked breathtaking and my solo was made that much harder by looking in their direction.  I really didn’t think it would be that difficult.  When she was walking down the aisle, I just got so mad that Lisa wasn’t there to see it, I began to cry.  Because of that teary moment, when I had to sing, it made it all the more difficult.  Matthias’ surprise to Leslie turned out great and she was so surprised!  If you are wondering what Matthias did, just watch a YouTube short of the ‘Love Actually’ wedding scene….’All You Need Is Love’.

The wedding reception was glorious.  An urban looking room with roses, gerber daisies, tall stems, chrysanthyms, and gladiolas filled the tables, lots of candles, peach colors, and yellows filled the room.  Directly outside the main dining area was a waiting area where they served champagne and we toasted in German and Englisch Leslie and Matthias’ marriage.  For dinner, they transformed the room and well….you get it…it was such a gorgeous lavishly decorated wedding.

The party afterward lasted until about 4am, between 11 and 4, little pranks and jokes were played, a group of us did shots in front of the guests, Matthias did a little striptease, Leslie did a public dance to ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’, and Bekah, Sarah, and I made drunk stupor poses (we weren’t drunk, but very happy).  German tradition stands as having your parents sit up front with you, not your wedding party…good custom.

Well…I am going back to my room to get ready for another fun evening…I believe we are going back to Seligenstadt to shop for all you wonderful people back home and then visit a great Irish Pub.

Ich bin zat!  Ich bin voll!  🙂  Das ist guht!

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