Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Mission Accomplished

With all my excitement of Ani’s wedding, and telling you how we celebrated it, I completely forgot to write about Friday - the day we managed to cross something off our Cologne bucket list. Something which we’ve tried to do a few times already!


Ever heard something easy being described as “a walk in the park”? Or “a picnic”? I have, and I’m not sure it’s accurate. You see, we’ve been wanting to have a picnic in the Rhein Park since we got here, and figured it was something free and easy to do – a breeze. But, the first time we got hopelessly lost, the second we just didn’t get a chance, and the third time we were kinda in the park but it wasn’t really a relaxing picnic. But Friday, SUCCESS! 

After Malcolm finished at the CDC late on Friday afternoon, we took a train to the main station and then walked across the love-lock-bridge, because this way we could see the park and know which way to go. It was soooo easy to find. 

We passed by the Tanzbrunnen, where they have dance-music playing, and then a sort of "beach-club" with lots of reclined chairs with people bronzing themselves and looking all but dehydrated with colourful cocktails in hand. It was a really beautiful day and it was great walking along the the river. 


Not knowing when we'd get the chance again, we walked down to the shore and got our feet wet in the Rhein. The shore is really rocky and there are bits of glass and cigarettes all over... really looks better from afar! But where the water washes over the pebbles it's pretty clean and we took our shoes off for just a moment. 




We put our shoes back on, and headed up to the park. When they call this a park, they aren't joking... there are huge jungle-gyms for children and lots of space where they were playing, and many families and groups of friends out with the same intention of having a picnic supper there.



We found a spot under some pretty trees and enjoyed a relaxing evening, eating our picnic and waiting for the sun to set. We discovered settings on my camera, and Malcolm got creative...


And then I got snap-happy... 


The sun started setting and we went for a walk, Malcolm picked me some 3-leaf-clovers... 4 of them. 4x3=12 leaves. So equal to 3x4leaf-clovers. Right? 


We found some beautiful roses, and some super-soft grass... so we sat there and soaked up the beautiful light and the view of the sun setting over the trees along the Rhein.


 We eventually went on our way, headed out a different direction and got lost. Are you surprised? Fortunately we knew sort-of which direction to go, and we made it back to the Rhein, where we found an icecream stand... how could we resist? Remember trying different icecream is on our Cologne Bucket List! (Malcolm had "Waldmeister" and I had Raspberry) We found a spot on the wall, where we blissfully watched the colours in the sky.



After a long day, we headed home... trams took what seemed like forever, and it was dark as we walked up from the station, but it's not scary, and not even boring. We often have fun on this walk, singing "road trip songs" or hiking songs from Malcolm's scout days, or translating Rihanna's "Umbrella" into German... "unter meinem Regenschirm, irm, irm, irm...." (is that grammar correct?) 


So blessed to be here and get to experience so much, we are so often reminded, even in the smallest thing or quietest moment, how good God is, and how much He loves us.

10 comments:

  1. So, executing a picnic in the park is not as easy as it might sound? :P I like you application of multiplication rules to the clovers!

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    1. Normally it is... this particular picnic in the park was absolutely not easy, but we succeeded ;) Hoorah! :D

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  2. Oh man, this looks like a blissful way to spend a summer day! And yes, I think that your math totally gives you four leaf clovers :)

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    1. It really was a perfect summery day - can't believe it's ending!!! Haha, Malcolm and his mathematical 4-leaf clovers, the sweetest :)

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  3. I love being able to cross off something from the bucket list! In addition to my bucket list, I created a list of places to go back. Is that crazy? Too many lists!! :)
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    1. Haha! I'm with you there! It's sometimes hard for me to enjoy the moment and not just think about what I want to do next time!

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  4. Woohoo! I'm so glad you were able to get something marked off your bucket list. It looks like it was an absolutely wonderful day!

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    1. It was! And we're slowly running out of time for our Cologne Bucket list so I'm relieved! :)

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  5. Looks like a beautiful evening! :) And by the way, yes the grammar is correct :)

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