i get knocked down, but i get up again

today had all the potential to be a success.  we had sunshine for the first time in 10 days.  the roads were plowed.  we had cash in our pockets and a plan for the day.

Our first sunny day in Immenstadt

Our first sunny day in Immenstadt

Let it sun, let it sun, let it sun!

Let it sun, let it sun, let it sun!

today was supposed to be the day that reminded us of how much we enjoy Bavaria.  a day to help us forget that snow has its downfalls and that we’ve been so cold even our bones hurt.  but today failed us.

Clearly..this is us at the beginning of the day.  See the hope in our eyes?

Clearly..this is us at the beginning of the day. See the hope in our eyes?

View from the drive

View of Bavaria from the drive

we intended to hit the road after breakfast at home and drive to Fussen for a quick look at some castles.  then navigate to and stop at 3 cities on a famous route called Romantic Road.  the road itself is not necessarily romantic, but the cute lil towns it cruises through are intended to foster feelings of tingly love and admiration.  then, we would grab dinner in Kempten, dominate the grocery, and get home all before the roads turned to crazy slush.  that was the plan.

Driving around Bavaria!

Driving around Bavaria!

the problem with plans is the direct inclination to develop an expectation, typically one with a favorable outcome.  sometimes, this is great.  today, this was….unsavory.

the first blimp in the day of reconciliation?  traffic jam.  3 hours to go 6 km (that’s almost 4 miles).

The fun about German traffic?  Folks getting out of their cars to pee in the snow and have snow ball fights.

The fun about German traffic? Folks getting out of their cars to pee in the snow and have snow ball fights.

we finally made it to Fussen 3 hours “behind schedule”.  so we skipped the castles and tried to get right “on” the Romantic Road, except we couldn’t really find it.  so we plan B’ed and took a nice scenic route to one of the towns.  it would have been cute and dreamy…if it weren’t covered in 3 feet of snow.  we lasted about 10 minutes, found a restaurant to grab some doner (which was oh so delicious) and climb back in the car to head to Kempten.

Showstopper

Showstopper

once we got to Kempten, we were going to go to an archaeological park (a museum that highlights these cool old buildings) and then to the town square for dinner.  we arrived at the park and it was closed.  too much snow.  they wont open until february 28th.  great.

Kempten, Germany

Kempten, Germany

by this time, i was a little…..cranky.  nothing really seemed to be working out for us.  the sun had even disappeared and we were swiftly getting blanketed with snow.  the hubs suggested we pit stop and grab “day saving coffee” and truffles.  just when my morale was up, we headed to the grocery to try and make the best of the town.  we were overwhelmed by the awesomeness of the grocery and 10 minutes into the trip the sales clerk comes up and says lots of german things to me.  i look at the hubs and say, “you’re up”.  he listens again and they both look at me saying, “it’s closed”.  awesome.

so now we are walking back to the car with a grocery bag full of defeat, not food.  nothing went as planned.  nothing actually went.  besides traffic and closures and gas. oh.  and the mini snow ball fight we had.  we did find time for one of those.

Ace always finds time for the fun.  You know what they say about payback....

Ace always finds time for the fun. You know what they say about payback….

we piled back into the car with cold toes, red noses, hope lost and the decision that we will come back to germany…just in the spring or fall next time.  this snow business seems to really get in the way of fun.  it is handy for chilling our wine though.  which is what we are doing right now.  to reconcile our day of mishaps, we are settling in for riesling and chocolate.  i sure hope the bottle is a twist-off (we don’t have a wine bottle opener).  otherwise…. another one bites the dust.

Sunset in Bavaria

Sunset in Bavaria

want to check out more pictures from our drive?  see Songbird Photography by Stephanie Herrell on Facebook!

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