Yet Another Long Weekend

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on May 28, 2014 in Personal |

What to do on a long weekend – which started for me yesterday! – when the weather is appalling and everyone in the area is more interested in spending time wandering through the countryside celebrating with rather too much alcohol? It’s Fathers’ day in Germany – whether it is all over the country or not I don’t know, but here, most certainly – and that means getting out and pulling along a small wagon with friends and either a case of beer or, more likely, a few bottles of schnapps.

Not that I have anything against such celebrations, each to their own, but the weather is hardly ideal. My sunbathing was limited to yesterday morning; it has rained right through since then and dampened down any enthusiasm I might have had for that all-over, line-free tan. Most of the public events here – shooting club, markets, maypole, whatever – seem to revolve around the consumption of alcohol, and in quantities that make afternoons a time for sleeping it off rather than enjoying yourself. I’m glad that my intake is strictly limited, and doesn’t take place before the first hints that the sun might be setting!

Viktoria Michaelis: Wuppertal, Germany

Photo Credit: harry_nlCreative Commons

Added to which I am on my own this weekend. Other people have their holidays planned and have booked them with their employers, but someone has to work. Not me! One of the good things about being a student, one of the bad things about being a student with a working woman as her partner.

So, what to do? Risk the weather here and try out some of the suggestions Chris made in his comment on my last sunbathing post, or pack myself off somewhere interesting and hope for better weather?

Of course the answer is obvious. I’m not going to mope around the apartment for the whole weekend – spring cleaning is well finished! – nor take a chance that the weather here will get better. I want to see these trains, and I want to ride in one of them. So, if anyone asks where I am for the next day or two, it’s on the train. I’ll let you know what it was like when I get back!

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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