In this weekend we finally managed to get away and spent two days in the Black Forest, in a small town on the east side of the forest. We left on Friday and we came back Saturday evening. We didn’t really go hiking, mountain biking or something like that, the plan was just to get away and relax for a while. Accommodation at the hotel included dinner which was actually cooked by the hotel owner, who was also a cook. I would say the food was very good, the guy’s cooking skills were not bad at all.
I guess we were not exactly his typical customers though, since we didn’t order any alcoholic beverages and we couldn’t quite finish everything. Not because it was not good but because it was just too much. I guess people over there eat a lot. The room was nice, big and clean. It did lack a coffee machine, which according to Freya should be present one every couple of meters, all over the hotel. The hotel owner was not aware of her requirements so he was totally unprepared from this point of view. So we had to make do with what we had from home until the next day. And of course, you could not smoke in the room, few hotels have smoking rooms these days. You could smoke on the 2nd and 3rd floors in some special designated areas so it wasn’t all that bad.
The weather was not that great, it rained almost the whole time but that’s something you see quite often in there. We did manage to visit a couple of things though. On friday after dinner we went to the Titisee lake:
The place looks nice and I hope I can come back and see it when the weather is a bit less rainy. And a bit less cold ;-)
The next day we managed to wake in time to go to breakfast before 10am. Which was not so bad. The scrambled eggs could’ve been better but I am used to that, no hotel or restaurant I’ve been to so far makes them the way we like them, I make much better eggs. Otherwise it was all good, especially the dark cherries marmelade. I’ve been trying to find the perfect one by trying all kind of brands from supermarkets and the like but never came close. We asked where do they get it from and apparently it’s made by a local company but only for restaurants and hotels. Such a shame.
After we had enough coffee to make up the previous night we checked out and drove to the lake of Schluchsee but some kind of cycling event was in preparation and they were closing roads down so we left.
Switzerland was next on the list. Not far from the German border is the city of Schaffhausen where on the Rhein river is one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe and we went to have a look:
The waterfall is impressive and looks kinda violent too.
After that we just went headed back home. I have to say the swiss are complete pussies when it comes to roads. Outside cities you have a limit of 80km/h (as opposed to the typical 100km/h in Germany) and on the autobahns you have 120km/h (as opposed to the typical 130km/h recommended speed, which means no-limit in Germany). However, they have very very expensive fines for going above the limit so I just drove like a wuss for a while until we passed the border. We also came close to ruin the day when I realized that my romanian ID was most likely not meaning much there (didn’t have the passport with me). But the dude at the border must’ve thought we look respectable enough and nodded us through. I guess they don’t really stop cars with german license plates though.
After that we just stopped for a bit at a shopping mall around Stuttgart, where I finally found some jeans that I like. Well, Freya did, actually. Then we just went food shopping and then home.
Where the mess was waiting for us since these days there is this yearly event called SchoWo in our town. For one week there are all kind of activities in the city center, bands singing on two stages, countless stands with food, drinks, etc. There is an insane amount of people in the city, roads are blocked and I can’t get close to the house anymore. And right below our window there is one of the stages, with loud music until midnight each day.
The whole thing will last until tuesday night, what a mess. In the afternoon the music is a bit better but in the morning (and they start early) the play some kind of fanfare music which we hate. Needless to say, we are less than amused about this whole event.