a girl, a guy, a tomato, a bean, and a bear

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Christa comes to town




It was coming up on three years since I'd last seen Christa, so even though she was only in town for 6 days, it was a wonderful visit, long overdue! She was given the usual "welcome" by Chokydar. Those who have also been "welcomed" by Chokydar know this entails a standard 15-20 minute bark & growl fest, often accompanied by the baring of teeth. If you are lucky, you avoid any temporary hearing loss. Choky eventually settled down and decided that Christa could be a valuable addition to the herd.

We spent most of the week in the apartment. The weather was classic Baumholder--dreary gray, chilly and with the threat of rain, so the outings we embarked upon were very brief. Christa and I caught up on all kinds of news and engaged eachother in debates on topics varying from religion to ethics to politics. Over the weekend, Julia was able to come over and we treated ourselves to butterscotch-chocolate fondue and watched Enchanted. It was so nice to have two such close friends from such different times in my life present at once.

The day before Christa left, the weather cleared up and we actually had some sun. Seizing the opportunity, we grabbed the baby and all the gear and hopped in the car--a process that only took 2-3 hours. We drove up to a lovely little town, Bernkastel-Kues, and found that our visit coincided with their annual wine festival. More pictures and stories from that trip to come.


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