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A typical day in the life of a homeschooling, cancer overcoming, long-term travelling, serial couchsurfer (SWMBO).  All photos by Lifelongfriend.

The view!

The view!

With heavy hearts, we left Lifelongfriend and Austria behind.  The children did not want to go and said that it was their favourite homestay.  Hopefully those words partially offset the restitution work Lifelongfriend will need to undertake in her flat.  Kudos to her!  A single woman with no children hosted a family of 6 for over two weeks and claimed to enjoy all the commotion!

View from Lifelongfriend’s living room

View from Lifelongfriend’s living room

View IN the living room with four kids camping there

View IN the living room with four kids camping there

We drove 4 hours to a wonderful couchsurf (CS) in Germany.  We passed right by Munich at the height of Oktoberfest and it seemed like too good an opportunity to pass up.  We toyed with the idea of stopping for a few hours to soak up the atmosphere.  Not to soak up a beer, sadly, because they are only sold as a 1 L “Maß” and we are driving.  In the end, it sounded like more of a hassle than a fun adventure.  We skipped it.  We did run into heavy traffic around Munich but nothing like what we were expecting.

Linz, Pöstlingbergbahn (in operation since 1896)

Linz, Pöstlingbergbahn (in operation since 1896)

We take the tram from Linz up the Pöstlingberg to the fairy grotto

We take the tram from Linz up the Pöstlingberg to the fairy grotto

Inside the story world

Inside the story world

grotto story

I was invited to attend a self-help group, in Ulm, for women who had experienced breast cancer.  I had sent a CS request to our hosts because both our hostess and I had cancer a few years ago.  She was heading to the meeting at 7 pm, the exact time that we arrived.  I hopped out of our van, into a stranger’s car.  We quickly introduced ourselves during the brief drive, then joined a group of about 30 women.  After an hour of self-helping, we were joined by a physiotherapist who gave a talk about the developing science of the fascia and fascia stretch therapy.  An odd way to pass a vacation in Ulm, perhaps, but interesting, authentic and rewarding.  Especially meeting women who had had breast cancer 20 years ago and were still here on a Wednesday evening.

Hoptent, Höhenrausch Linz

Hop tent, Höhenrausch Linz

Keine Sorgen tower high affording views over the city, Höhenrausch Linz

Keine Sorgen tower (installed on a rooftop) allowing stunning views over the city, Höhenrausch Linz

We got back to the house around 9:30 pm to find Fahbio chatting with our host and the kids happily playing upstairs in our apartment.  Correct.  We have our own spacious apartment upstairs with bedroom, kitchen, living room and bathroom with jacuzzi.  The two self-helpers dug into a delicious pumpkin soup, followed by homemade apple cake.  Well deserved after the fascia stretch therapy (aka exercise) the physio had us doing.

Traunsee as seen from Gmunden

Traunsee as seen from Gmunden

Venice outside Gmundner Keramik

Venice outside Gmundner Keramik

There is much to see in Ulm but we have opted to visit Legoland Deutschland, about 30 minutes from here.  The forecast is for a high of 14 degrees Celsius.  The chance of rain may only be 50% but it has been raining steadily for hours.  Tant pis!  Now that it is offseason, I took advantage of a family special.  It had to be prepurchased for a particular day, so Legoland, here we come!

Ribisel (red currents) from the garden, picked when we first swung by in June

Ribisel (red currents) from the garden, picked when we first swung by in June