We flew Space-A knowing there was a possibility we would be stranded along the way.  We were determined to be flexible and enjoy a vacation with a bit of the unknown ahead.  No regrets!

We were “adopted” by a very nice couple in New Jersey after the flight we were booked on was canceled.  They had a car and invited us to join them for a trip to Delaware to try to catch a flight there.  After a night on wonderful leather couches in the terminal, we took off.  Our wait that day wasn’t too bad and  we caught the flight of our lives in a C-5 aircraft.  That was an experience I won’t soon forget and the cost was right.  (Note to Fran—skip the boxed lunch next time)

We arrived in Germany and after a good night’s rest, we rented a car and headed for Austria.  There we spent the better part of 2 1/2 days with some dear friends, fulfilling our promise of a visit after they retired there.  That turned out to be the highlight of our trip which I will write about later.

Leaving there we took our time heading back north.  The nerve-wracking part of the trip was every minute we had to spend on the autobahn, not helped by the fact that it was pouring rain a good part of the time.  There are a lot more of these super highways without speed limits than when we lived here before, and our Tom-Tom insisted on taking us to them, despite our efforts to avoid them.  It felt like a tug-of-war with a hand-held instrument no bigger than our camera, and that little piece of technology had the upper hand!  I have to admit, it could have been operator inexperience, but nevertheless…  I would ask it to find an alternative route which it would do, and then we would find ourselves near the autobahn noch ein mal.

Germany is such a beautiful country.  I was struck by the beauty of the endless fields of  yellow rapeseed plants–the source of canola oil.  I can only guess that canola is used widely here because of the abundance of the fields from one end of Germany to the next.  I wonder if anybody here is aware of the controversy surrounding the use of canola.  Health is not a top priority–Many people smoke but don’t you dare get caught tossing a green glass bottle into the trash, for the environmental movement is the new God here.  Take care of the outer environment but don’t concern yourself with what goes into your body.  It is a different point of view.

Sightseeing was fun–there is much to see and we did a lot.  More on that later.

Finally, we have been stranded because Mother Nature has shown us all who is boss.  She is spewing ash and smoke.  Could that be a warning to all of us?   The plans of countless people have been affected, proving that if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.  It is a good reminder that we are not in control like we think we are.

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