Recently our family went on a marriage retreat, which is a little mini-vacation paid for by my husband’s work. They covered the hotel and all our meals, and in return we had to go to a few classes (which were fun, really!). They even had free childcare for the kids. We haven’t traveled much within Germany, so I was excited about the opportunity to see some German countryside.
- There was a separate bedroom area in the hotel room. So, you might not know this, but a lot of European places just push 2 twin size beds together instead of giving you a queen or king. That makes it so there’s this crack down the middle, which I like to call “The line of demarcation”. Every time I started to cross it in the middle of the night, I woke abruptly, like it was alarmed or something. It’s probably the first time in the history of our marriage that my husband had sufficient room to sleep while sharing a bed with me.
The town we went to is called Willingen. It’s a cute little ski town, though it’s north of here and not in the Alps, like you might think. From our hotel room, we could see the ski slopes and watch the skiers gliding down (and occasionally falling).
- Our hotel had a bowling alley downstairs (which was free!), so we took the kids down to check it out. They had 2 American lanes, but they had several lanes that had German bowling, like this. The lane is really narrow, then it widens at the end. The balls are considerably smaller, as well. They have no holes, so we just rolled them underhand. Stomper was really good at this!
- The hotel also had this neat indoor waterpark. I only got this one picture, because I was busy making sure my kids didn’t drown. This is the part of the pool that goes outside. No, really, OUTSIDE. There were people that would get out of the pool, have a snowball fight, then jump back in. That’s NUTS! Most of the pool was inside. They had several slides, a few hot tubs, and a kids play area. We all had a lot of fun here!
It was a fun weekend away, but like all trips, I’m glad to be home!