We just got back from the International Christian Communities of Eurasia Pastors' Retreat (there's so much in that title...) at Teisendorf in Bavaria.
I'll report more fully later, but first impressions:
German is almost totally unintelligible. I'm pretty good with languages, but honestly...
German people are adorable. Pleasant, helpful, friendly but discreet - almost shy.
Bavaria is gorgeous. Just beautiful.
Pork and ham is ubiquitous. Breakfast, lunch and dinner could always involve some kind of pig product. Hence my song of the week: "Schwein in the Morning, Schwein in the Evening, Schwein at Supper-Time"
Oh, and I crossed off something from my bucket list.
I ate (a half of) a slice of Sachertorte in Salzburg, with a very good big black coffee.