One Time to Mosbach

6/16/2016

In search of yet more Nia, I took another trip out of Mannheim this afternoon, making the trek to the somewhat-nearby Mosbach.

Into the Odenwald!

Into the Odenwald!

The train ride was LONG going there and back, but I like long train rides—they give me a chance to knit and listen to music and organize my thoughts. Aside from that, I barely ever travel by train in the U.S., so it’s always a nice change of pace.

I’m trying to get better about using directions and finding my ways around places I don’t know, as there have been plenty of times when I’ve gotten lost or wound up in the wrong spot. My strategy now is to photograph everything, as soon as I can…

Maps, train schedules, landmark buildings, you name it!

Maps, train schedules, landmark buildings, you name it!

The Nia class was, again, one of the more amazing ones I’ve ever done, though I may have enjoyed it more if it’s hadn’t taken me QUITE so long to walk there.

Once I heard the music pouring out, though, I knew I'd found the right place!

Once I heard the music pouring out, though, I knew I’d found the right place!

The teacher gave me a ride back to a nearby train station, saving me a lot of walking and probably an equal amount of time being lost. I was a little sad I didn’t have more time in Mosbach, to explore properly…

Everything was so picturesque!

Everything was so picturesque!

On the ride back, I got a couple of pleasant surprises—first, a glimpse at the castles I visited almost a month ago, on a weekend in May. What a cool feeling, to look up and recognize that mountain!

I WENT there!!

I’ve BEEN there!!

Next, and perhaps even better, was the rainbow that arched right across our train tracks!

Perhaps it was the Universe letting me know it was happy that I’d done Nia?

Perhaps it was the Universe letting me know it was happy that I’d done Nia?

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Whether I’d found Nia or not, that trip would’ve been worth it!

Xoxo,

Susan

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In Search of Adventure…

5/8/2016

Happy Birthday to my dad today, and happy Mother’s Day to my mom! I’m sad to not be spending this doubly-special day with both of you, but also still enjoying myself so much. I tried to have an adventure today by going to dance NIA in Bensheim, a town about an hour from Mannheim by train.

The first bus/train of many…

The first bus/train of many…

However, because I’d never taken the trains around by myself before, I wasn’t sure what to expect, what I was looking for, what the signs in the station meant, and…

I let it go right by!

I let it go right by!

I then got on another train, to a transfer in a little station in Bürstadt, where there are two levels of tracks: elevated and ground-level. Naturally, I waited at the elevated tracks. Naturally, the train I’d intended to take went by just below me while I sat wondering why it hadn’t come.

At least there was some cool graffiti?

At least there was some cool graffiti?

After a ride back to Mannheim, I passed some pleasant hours in a coffeeshop, walked in the neighborhood, and just enjoyed the day. It was nice having a reason to get up in the morning, but maybe not a terrible thing to not go all the way to Bensheim and back.

If I’d made the round-trip, I wouldn’t have been home ‘til 1pm!

If I’d made the round trip, I wouldn’t have been home ‘til 1pm!