Tim deciphers the map to figure out where to go next…icons show us the types of trails they have: important sites, beautiful scenery, or restaurants along the way!
A favorite pastime of the Germans is walking.  I had heard about the volksmarches that many villages host during the summer but I was surprised at the sheer number of people who enjoy walking as sport.  Many carry trekking poles to give them a boost in heart rate. However, I’ve noticed quite a few who simply drag the poles behind them as they walk leisurely on one of the many trails around Bavaria.
Occasionally, I meet up with some Army friends to take part in this pastime.  More often, I take Lady for a walk around my neighborhood. We have enjoyed watching the changing scenery, as summer moves into fall.

We can’t drive 55

Anyone who has moved to a new city knows the first thing you want to do is check it out.  We’ve been doing that with the little village of Lupburg, and it’s neighboring villages of Eggenthal, Parsburg and See.  All of this has been on foot since the villages radiate from Lupburg in a 2 km radius.  But to truly appreciate German countryside you need a car. And in order to drive a car, you have to have a German driver’s license.
Lindsey and I spent the better part of the week studying the “Drivers Handbook and Examination Manual for Germany” including taking on line practice tests covering the rules of the road and road signs.   It’s not easy! Sample question:
In the city where no priority signs are posted, the driver on the widest street has the right-of-way. (False)
In fact, the German “Right-of-Way” rule provided numerous problems for both Lindsey and me.   So, armed with an orientation course, drivers handbook and numerous attempts with the practice tests, we entered the testing facility and proceeded to complete “TEST NUMBER 2”.  I finished a couple of minutes before Lindsey and we both passed!