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Salzburg [Aug. 16th, 2007|08:40 am]
[Current Location |Kuchl]
[Current Mood |excitedHow is this excited?]
[Current Music |yodeling attempts]

I'm going to Salzburg today, and am going to visit Mozart's birthplace, the Mozarteum (where he wrote 'The Magic Flute') the Haus der Natur (museum of natural history) and jus wander around the old town.

I am way excited.

And broke.
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Adventures in the Alps [Aug. 14th, 2007|05:42 pm]
[Current Location |Kuckl, Austria]
[Current Mood |blahblah]
[Current Music |A Screaming Tomas]

I am staying in a hamlet of Salzburgh, Austria with the Wimmer family: Rupert, Vera, Veronika (19), Clara (18) Rupie (11, and a brat) and their two foster children, Tomas and Stephan, two and a half and one and a half.

We just got back from a week of staying in a lodge and hiking each day in the Alps.

So, in order to do it justice, I am going to go through it day by day:

Day 1: We got an hour late start packing the car, and everyone was yelling at each other. We then reached a town called Lienz, and met the people we would be hikig with: Martin, Elizabeth, Christoph and Andreas Kugler. Vera thought it would be funny to pretend that I didn't speak German, so I didn't actually talk to anyone all day pretty much, until I got bored and told them, and they were all surprised, but not very amused. We walked about two miles uphill on a gravel road to get to the Lienzer Hutte, where we were staying.

Day 2 (Thursday): We woke early and blew up balloons, because it was Vera's daughter Clara's, birthday. We then ate bronies at breakfast, cookies for lunch and Apfelstrudel at dinner. We also went on a hike, where, before we knew it, Martin had led us off the trail, and we were simply wandering on the side of a steep hill, hundreds of feet up. We walked all aroung the velley like that and crossed 3 raging rivers with no bridges. It was a very tight balancing act. *haha*

Day 3 (Friday): We decided to hike to another Hutte (lodge) and set out in two groups: Martin, Christoph, Clara, Andreas, Rupie and I took the longer more difficult way over the mountains, and Rupert, Elizabeth and Veronika (who had just had her wisdom teeth pulled, and was on medication) took the shorter way along the mountain. We started out our hike by climbing a boulder field 3000 feet up. I thought that that wa what Martin had meant when he said that this trail was 'pretty dangerous'. We got to the top of the field, looked down, took pictures and turned as Martin said 'Okay, now I want everyone to be careful. Now it's going to get a little tricky.' So, off we went on trails that were only six inches wide, muddy, rocky, and dangling over four thousand feet of empty space, going ever upwards. At times we had to use he ropes and pegs inserted in the side of the side of th mountain, because there was no path, only a cliff face, now 5000 feet up. our highest place was about 6000 feet above sea level, and then we started to go down. We went to the other hutte and I got a headstart going back (we took the shorter way down) and I practically ran down the mountain, acheiving the Lienzer Hutte in an hour and fourty five minutes, when it took everyone else two and a half.

Day 3 (Saturday): Almost everyone went rock climbing, except Eizabeth, Vera the babies and me. I didn't go because I was not sure my foot would hlod out. Instead, I went on a mile hike with Elizabeth, Vera and the babies and was fairly bored out of my skull.

Day 4 (sunday): Elizabeth and I were martyrs, and we stayed at the hutte to watch the babies while Vera got to do her first (and only) hike. They climbed a 9000 feet high mountain, and we climbed a 800 feet hill. I then carried one of the babies back down the hill, and was once again, pretty bored.

Day 5 (Monday): Elizabeth, Martin, Veronika (now off meds), Rupert and I set out to climb 'Kaaskopf' mountain, which I, being the clear thinking, logical American that I am, assumed that that meant 'Cheesehead' mountain, and was deeply amused. Martin then explained that 'kaas' does not mean cheese, but rather, glacier. I was disappointed. We started out by climbing the same boulder field, but going left instead of right. We reached the top, and there was a place where we had to rock climb again over a ravine, and Elizabeth turned back. She is afraid of heights, apparently. We scaled that mountain, and reached the top where we were greeted with another rock field, riddled in freezing lakes, and dotted with patches of snow. Veronika made a lovely snowman, and I said that I would jump in one of the lakes for 20 euro, Martin looked surprised and said 'We'll see about that on the way back.' The entire place had a strong 'Lord of the Rings' feel, and we all joked about 'We must hurry! By nightfall these hills will be swarming with Orcs!' and stuff. It then began to drizzle, and we turned towards actual Kaaskopf, which was still above us, and began to climb. The rocks were very slippery, and the whole way was a mixture of a boulder field and a cliff face, forcing us to actually rock climb, at times, with no ropes, safety equipment or real sense of where the path was, so we just climbed up on the side of the mountain. We reached the top, 9000 feet above sea level, 20 square feet wide, and had lunch that was often interrupted by the parting of the clouds for a few seconds, which we snatched to take pictures of the fields, lakes, mountains, glaciers and rivers below. We were now above the clouds. I made a 60 second cell phone call to Clara telling her 'Guess where I am?' It was hysterical, I tell you. Back in Mordor (as the boulder field with lakes came to be called) Martin and I 'Offed our duds' and went swimming. It was insane, I tell you. We have pictures, and come to think of it, he never did give me that 20 euro. I then went ahead of everyone else, as I very much wanted clean underwear, and I met Elizabeth on the mountain boulderfielf. She had gone back and forth so many times, that she had now covered more ground then we, and she was rightly proud of herself. I then went back to the hutte and had a hot cocoa.

Day 6 (Tuesday): We packed and drove home. No big dramas, except for the fact that I spent 4 hours between two screaming, Austrian babies with no foot space.

The end.
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Anna the Baking Master [Aug. 7th, 2007|09:28 pm]
[Current Location |tummy ache by the 'puter, but it's worth it]
[Current Mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[Current Music |Blue Skies smilin'at me in my head]

I am a culinary genious, I tell you. I am now nationally aclaimed for my chocolate-oatmeal cookies. Acclaimed heads-of-the-tables-of-Europe have requested my many services.

Celebrate, and grow fat with me!
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(no subject) [Aug. 2nd, 2007|09:10 am]
1) List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
2) Tag seven people to do the same.
3) Do not tag the person who tagged you or say that you tag whoever wants to do it.

1. I am mildly obsessed with my left foot. It is beautiful, I tell you!

2. I often wake up really early, eat breakfast and then go back to bed.

3. I have never seen a James Bond movie.

4. I hate banannas.

5. I like to play with my neck.

6. I curse a lot under my breath, or in my thoughts, but almost never aloud.

7. I am incredibly vain. People don't think so, cause I don't talk about it, but I think a lot of myself, more than I should, and when people compliment me I usually act modest, but inside I'm like 'Yeah! And:`'

So: I tag Max, Dancing Jello, Keepacandle, internaldemon, and anyone else who hasn't previously been tagged.
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(no subject) [Jul. 25th, 2007|01:54 pm]
[Current Mood |boredvereh bored]

I went to the doctor today. I know. You're jealous, I can tell. Well, actually it was a foot doctor, podiatrist-thingie. And good news! He says that surgery to coreect my toes, or remove the screw from my last surgery is pointless, even, he said, dangerous. So it appears I will not be under the knife anytime soon. Yay!

For those of you who don't know, I have a shortened metatarsel (I was born with it) that makes my second toe shorter than normal, which caused my big toe to bend in, as it did not have the second toe to hold it streight(sp?). I had surgery in 2002 to have the big toe streightened, and they said I would have to have a much more complicated surgery to lengthen the second toe when I was older. But now I don't. Yay.

*twiddles thumbs*
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Finished! [Jul. 24th, 2007|05:59 pm]
[Current Location |Next to my loving mommy]
[Current Mood |fullFat]
[Current Music |Henning on the Gee-tar]

I finished reading the Harry Potter book. And it was worth the €17 I sepnt on it. It was worth it.
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(no subject) [Jul. 21st, 2007|11:09 am]
[Current Mood |giddyWoo!]
[Current Music |Marcus banging away on the drums, and Edith yelling at him]

Well. It's official. My sister's married. Yay!

I, of course, had to go mack a complete arse of myself by writing her this cheesy email full of life lessons and Shakespeare. She doesn't even understnad Shakespeare! I sent her a great sonnet and the 'Out, Out, Brief Candle!' speech from Macbeth, and now I feel ridiculous, like she's just going to read my lyrical email, laugh and click delete. It is not my fault I am currently reading 'Hamlet's Dresser'! Well, yes, I suppose it is, but, oh, never mind.

On a different note: I tought Janina and Chris how to shimmy. It was hysterical. We were all dancing in the kitchen and Marcus walked in and Chris shoved him out again. Then later Henning tried shimmying, and that was not so pretty.

Well, I'm off to buy Harry Potter! (as soon as I finish Hamlet's Dresser)
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The beach [Jul. 17th, 2007|09:06 am]
[Current Location |Sweating like a pig]
[Current Mood |highonly slightly high]
[Current Music |The sounds of silence]

We went to the beach yesterday! A beach on a lake. We then swam across the lake to an island. It was very exciting, and when we finally reached the island we turned around and came back! Isn't that amazing?

We then played catch and Splash Henning on the shore, and I tought Janina the wonders of tummy touching. Henning seemed a little scared, and would not touch my tummy. :( Oh well.

I am still not tanned. This is taking too long I tell you. It's already half way through July.

And I have not seen the new Harry Potter, nor will I be likely to see it or read the book before I come back in the fall, as the Steinles are all very against them. Pooey.
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Bible Study [Jul. 14th, 2007|10:58 am]
[Current Location |puter]
[Current Mood |boredbored]
[Current Music |Tobias' belches]

Last night we had a youth bible study. My uncle is a pastor. There were so many teeneagers, who were so incredibally into it. For those of you with any doubt, I am not overly religious. To top things all of it was in German.

All in all, a lovely evening.
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Germany [Jul. 12th, 2007|11:08 am]
[Current Location |Bautzen, Germany]
[Current Mood |dorkydorky]
[Current Music |My cousin Manuel's razor- I beleive he is shaving his beard off]

Guess where I am? Wow, you're so smart! Clever, clever, clever.

I'm with my cousins right now, and I just got back from an English lesson with Christian. You will all be pleased to hear that my English is improving immensly. I have been learning new words, such as 'maximally', and such never before known facts, like that Johannes Bell invented the light bulb. Oh, did I mention that he's German? I feel so intelectually stimulated, it's amazing, I tell you.

I have been eating soo much I am surely going to come home 50 pounds heavier. See, in Germany, when you visit, it is customary for the host to give you a large piece of cake. You must then eat another piece of cake to prove that you like it. Then they allow you to sit, drink multi-vitamin juice, and make small talk (in a strange language) for half an hour, when, at that time it is time to eat dinner. Now, they attempt to feed you something bready, some pasta, salad, and to top it all off, some lovely German meat. If you attempt to explain that you are, indeed, a vegetarian, they look at you as if you have three heads and ask: "You don't eat any meat?!" Eventually, they bring you more bread, this tie with cheese on it. Then, 20 minutes after you have finished this meager meal, guess what time it is_ Yes! It's dessert time! Ice Cream, anyone?
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