Notes and observations from my third day here:
• I was thinking about walking into town to see the sights, but everything is closed here on Sundays. In this post-Christian culture, I don’t think it’s for religious reasons. I just think that the pace here is a little different, and it is the custom to not do business on a Sunday.
• Instead, I went on a walk. There are walking trails behind the hotel, so I took off walking up a hilly path, took two lefts and a right, and found myself lost in a pasture of snow. To hear nothing by the crunch of snow at my feet, the wind swirling about my ears, the sharp sting of cold in the air—it was great.
• At the evening session, the leadership surprised everyone with a visit from a “chef” who instructed his “waiters” to set out red wine, assorted cheeses, grapes, and other stuff at our tables. Then the lights dimmed and we were treated to the wide-screen version of “Ratatouille.” I had seen it in the theaters once before (a church staff outing), but this time I was able to see it in a distinctly European context. It was great being able to laugh with people who truly understood the European subtleties of the film.
• Still undergoing a bit of jet lag. I am going to bed early and getting up around 5-6 AM.
• I was watching a rerun of “The Cosby Show” overdubbed in German. Talk about your disconnects…