I take it back; the Germans are not as crazy as I¬†thought. It’s normal hot today, and everybody is wearing shorts, but I don’t see a lot of sandals, which is weird considering we’re in the land of Birkenstock.

Once again we got up early and headed back to Aunt Agnes’ house in Stockdorf. And here are a few pictures of Aunt Agnes’ and her cooking. What’s on the menu? Knoedel (dumplings) with pork gravy. Good eating!

I’m always interested in what people are drinking in other countries. Whenever I’m in Asia, its fun to play vending machine roulette (see my winnings here and here). but other than beer in the vending machines, you can get the same stuff as we have in American vending machines. However, make sure that you grab one of these drinks while you’re over her, I highly recommend them. Be careful of the Apfel cider, its in the same bottle a several other kinds of non-alcoholic drinks and it has a little alcohol in it (only 2.5%). I was a couple of gulps into it before I realized it.

Since our kids are adopted from Korea and we’re not Asian, we’re getting a lot of confused double takes. Only 1% of kids adopted in Germany are from Asia so we’re fairly unusual. It’s been pretty funny to watch the cognitive dissonance when people try to figure out the story of our family. The first look is usually a quick one between us and the kids. Then there’s a longer second look usually with a very puzzled expression but occasionally with a quiet smile (because my children are, of course, the cutest kids in the world).

We spent the rest of the day just hanging around the house, talking, drinking coffee, and watching the kids play. Apparently, the kids don’t really need toys. They’re more than happy to play with a lawn full of rocks of various sizes. Christmas is going to be easy to shop for this year.

Finally, make sure that you check out this trip’s photostream.

Tomorrow, riding on a train!