We recently took a family trip to Germany.  Can you imagine 14 days with 25 assorted in-laws, friends of in-laws, and in-laws to be? Throw in a tour bus and several 90f/ 30c degree days and you’ve got the ingredients for “fun”. YIKES!!!!   Thankfully through sheer force of will (and away time), everyone survived.

This was our first time in northern Germany.  While sitting on our tour bus I was amazed at how much the landscape resembled Wisconsin and Minnesota. I’m going to go out a limb and assume that is why those states have a large portion of German immigrants. It made me a little homesick while providing a sense of comfort.

Our tour was guided by Christian Tours. If you are looking for a tour of Martin Luther’s stomping grounds I highly recommend them. Our tour took us through the following cities: Hamburg, Travemünde, Lübeck, Walsrode, Hanover, Celle, Weimar, Eisenach, Erfurt, Leipzig, Wittenberg, Torgau, and finally Berlin. We saw the horrors of war and populism, the beauty of simple things, and walked cobblestone streets that were in use 200 years before Columbus sailed (that’s 1292 for those that don’t know).

My favorite part of the trip was the lack of water restrictions.  I took long showers, soaked in a tub, let the water get warm before jumping in the shower.  I couldn’t bring myself to break the ‘yellow let it mellow’ rule though.

All in all, it was a great trip that exceeded my expectations. I got to spend time with my favorite in-laws, drink some really good beers, and see a beautiful country.

Check out Instagram for some photos from the trip.

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