Thursday, August 14, 2014

Bavaria and beer

Now, if this is not holidays than I don't know! We are in Bavaria staying in the most freaky hotel with the best restaurant ever.

Yesterday we caught up with friends, who run the Fly Down Under soaring operation out of Stonefield. Not quite a business meeting as we went to Chiemsee for lunch. Thanks guys! We probably wouldn't go there and see the place if it wasn't for you.

My German is getting rusty but it's not too bad yet ... I think I will still pass all the exams ahead of me.

Today we went to Austria. It's amazing how freely you can travel nowadays. We barely noticed that we changed the countries. We had a beautiful lunch in Salzburg, walked for miles around town and then got disappointed:

Bloody hell, that's what we came here for!

Weather was crap but the city was great ... and extremely old (most buildings dated ca. 1500):

electric buses

our Hertz rental Ford has done a great job so far

We just finished the last dinner in our awesome hotel and started packing bags. Man, we shopped! We managed to squeeze it all into our bags but I'm afraid they are way too heavy ... we'll see tomorrow at the airport.

San Gabriele restaurant - the best pasta ever!

pasta cooked to perfection

It's kind of sad that our trip is slowly coming to an end. It was great and challenging at the same time but we're delighted to be going back home. One thing is sure, we've got the best bed in the world and we're missing it badly.

500 km to drive tomorrow ... and more shopping at the airport ;)

Monday, August 11, 2014

visiting amazing places

We left Leszno yesterday right after the closing ceremony and made it to Ingolstadt near Munich. By pure coincidence there is another famous fancy brands shopping outlet that we just had to check out ...

Here are some pics from yesterday's ceremony:

15 m podium

you look great with this handbag Zig

18 m podium

open class podium

After extensive shopping in the Ingolstadt Village we transferred south-east to Rosenheim, near Chiemsee. Weather is just horrible (it's bucketing rain) but we're staying in the most amazing and unusual place. You don't find a 4* hotel with stone sink, uneven floors and low ceilings every day. This one is a must stay in when in the area:

check out the paintings on the wall

all timber kitchen with well hidden modern appliances

freaky bathroom

our computer corner

stone sink and counter top in the kitchenette

We will take some photos from the outside when it clears up a bit. This place just freaks me out and I can totally understand why it's rated no. 1 hotel in Rosenheim. It's just awesome!

It's time to put rain jackets on and explore the town!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Is it really over?

Unfortunately it is already over and here are the results:

We had great fun and challenge at the same time. I have lots and lots to write about what I have learned and discovered here. I think it may be useful for the future and we can definitely improve things. I will do it as soon as I find a spare moment. I also have some more photos to share.

We are leaving for Munich tomorrow and will do some more touristy stuff for the next few days before we head back home from Frankfurt on Thursday.

And here are few photos from tonight's farewell party at the airfield:

Dogs love Ziggy

Matt officially joining Just Soaring

not sure if that's the way to do it

Ben joining Just Soaring

we got this bottle from the competition scorer Wojtek - thank you Wojtek!