Barntrup Family Dinner

Trip Start Feb 26, 2009
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Trip End Mar 13, 2009


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Flag of Germany  , North Rhine-Westphalia,
Monday, March 2, 2009

   In the morning, the kids were up and came it to wake up the new guest.  Time to play!!  They ran in with big smiles so we played with them and then got up and got ready for the day.  Breakfast was great with more sausage, ham, buns, jam, and of course NUTELLA!!!  Delicious stuff.  If you can find it at your local grocery store, buy it.  Now.
   After awhile, Andy and I went in to his "office" where his amps and bass were - he plays the bass in a local band.  I have been taking guitar lessons, and he had a guitar in the room; unfortunately my skills are not all that great.  I think I need more lessons . . . Andy played, I plucked around on the guitar - we did the Top 100 song "Pils Beer" - well, not so much of a top hit but it was fun.  After a few minutes, we headed over for dinner!
   Claudia's parents live across the town of Barntrup from Melanie and Andy, so it was a short drive.  We arrived and I met Claudia's parents - they don't speak too much English and as we will see shortly my German is non-existent, so the best thing about the situation is that I cannot completely make an idiot of myself (at least I think so).  Well, I probably could - but I didn't.  We came in and we started playing with the kids and their train set that they had received as a birthday present.  Later, Claudia arrived with her Grandmother, so I was meeting the whole family.  Everyone was extremely nice - although Andy seemed to enjoy all the attention being on me, including asking me to tell the family "all about myself". 
   We got to eat right at noon and started off with the soup - delicious with meatballs, pasta, egg and a great tasting broth.  Then came the knoedel, which is a type of dumpling made with either potato or with bread.  Awesome!  The dumplings were followed by some venison and red cabbage.  Everything was absolutely wonderful and I showed my good manners by getting seconds.  Finally we got to dessert, and to my happiness there were two to choose from - a chocolate mousse and Rote Grueze, a red berry and cherry mixture with marscapone cheese that I sampled more than once!  (Once again, FA).  After dinner, we stuck around for a bit longer, and then Claudia and I had to head back to Paderborn so she could get ready for her handball game.
   We got back to Paderborn around 3 or 4, and after doing some laundry we headed to Elsen for Claudia's handball game.  Handball is not the handball American's think of - we think of something done in a squash court, but that is not it.  European handball is a much faster game played on a court the size of a basketball court, with goals the same size of indoor soccer nets.  I know nothing about it, so I will not try to describe it too much - definitely check it out on Google though!  It can change from one end to another very quickly, and there are fast breaks like basketball.  Very fun!  After the game I tried my hand at the manual shift in a parking lot in case I was going to do any driving over the next week and a half.  Although I didn't stall or break any necks, I wasn't mistaken for Michael Schumacher.  It would be different when going 160km/hour!
   Later, we walked into the center of Paderborn and Claudia showed me the sights - old Cathedrals, cobblestone streets . . . wonderful stuff.  We had some dinner, walked around some more, and headed home!  Tomorrow morning we are off to Mainz!
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