October 3rd is German Independence Day...it is actually the day to celebrate East and West Germany being unified, but it is their equivalent to July 4th! I wasn't sure what to expect, and my dragons told me nothing exciting happened on this day, so I had low hopes. My plans were to enjoy the day off school, go for a long run, do some reading, try making German "milk rice" (which was delicious!), and catch up on e-mails and Skype dates. After lounging in my pajamas and eating breakfast in bed, I decided it was time for my run. I like trying different routes around Wald-Michelbach, which often results in me coming up on HUGE hills and having to walk, but at least I get to see more of the town. Today, town was dead. I was trying a new route that circled around the back of town, though, and I stumbled upon this celebration for the bakery being in business for 140 years!
After getting some free sweets (which I'm sure more than cancelled out my run!), I bumped into one of my [adorable] students and his family. He wanted me to run around with him and buy these prize tickets, so I did that before joining his parents to talk and enjoy a few drinks (It's funny because I really do not like beer or coffee...and somehow those are the only two drinks anyone ever offers me over here...so this time I went for the coffee). I ended up spending more than two hours at the celebration, which was such a pleasant addition to my day! Happy German Independence Day, y'all!