Laundry Day

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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Another travel day.  We woke up early, we had to since breakfast stopped at 10am.  We weren't happy about it being our last full day in Germany.  We love it here.  I think this is the first time that we weren't excited to leave a country due to looking forward to the next, and since we're heading to France next (one of our favorite places) that's saying something. Anyways, this morning we went to a church near the waterfalls, called the Church of the Wasserfalle.  It is a really old church and used to be a pilgramage site.  Hundreds of years ago there was a painting of Mary by a stream.  One day a little girl was hiking with her mother and the painting had fallen on the ground.  The girl took the painting home, and the next day she came down with a terrible eye infection.  She prayed to the painting to be cured, and in a dream she was told if she took the painting back to it's spot she'd be cured.  The next day she did and she washed her eyes from the stream, then she could see again.  A few years later a guy heard about what had happened.  He had just come down with leprosy and he made the pilgramage to the church.  When he got there, he washed he face in the stream and the leprosy washed away.  He was cured.  He had promised in a prayer to leave a statue of Mary if he was cured.  He left the statue in the hole of a tree.  After about 40 years the area was kind of forgotten about and the statue was almost completely grown over into the trunk of the tree.  After finding the statue and hearing the stories they built the church and that's why it became a pilgrimmage site. Inside the church it was very nice, not unlike the old churches in Rome.  Strangely enough, they also had the bones of saint there on display in a glass case.  St. Serena.  We had looked up the other saint that was on display in Fussen on the internet last night and couldn't find any information on her.  I really don't understand it.  There must be a lot more saints than I think.  Jacki taught me that if you're a martyr you automatically become a saint, and this one said martyr under her name, so maybe that's what these are.We took the train from Triburg to Offenburg, then from Offenburg to Freiberg which is where we are staying tonight, and than leaving from tomorrow morning for Paris.  On the walk to our hotel we passed a laundromat and decided to take advantage of it.  It ended up being quite an ordeal, but everything we owned ended up being cleaned (we accidentaly bought way too many tokens) which is great, because everything we had really needed to be washed good.  This washing stuff in the sink stuff works in a pinch, but it really doesn't do a good job of cleaning stuff at all.  I'm sure people don't like to sit next to me on the bus.That's it for Germany.  Freiberg is a bigger city and it was already getting pretty late, so we just stayed in.  There was a grocery store next to our hotel called 'Penny's' and they had stuff for unbelievably cheap.  Normally you can't find a pop for less than 2 euros, and here they were selling big 1.5 liter bottles for fifty cents.  We stocked up a little for the train ride tomorrow.  I wish we could find more places like this, Europe has been pretty expensive.  The exchange rate of around 1.5 euros per dollar doesn't help either.  We are at the mercy of the train stations though, it's one of the down sides of not having a car.  It's a fun way to travel.We have internet at our hotel, so I set my lineup.  I had an amazing week last week.  My 'C' driver ended up winning the race out of nowhere.  
I've also included a bunch of Meister signs we found throughout Germany.  There were a lot more than this.  Seems like a popular name here.
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