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4th of July, Leipzig Style

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We’ve been in Europe for over a week now and have yet to post an update. Not for lack of things to talk about, but more for lack of time to write and infrequent internet access.  Tonight, in Prague of all places, we have free Wi-Fi at the hotel and are back in our room at a reasonable hour. So a quick update!  We’ve had a series of amazing adventures since arriving in Germany last week, beginning with three days of family festivities surrounding M’s cousin’s wedding.  We attended the civil ceremony at the town hall, or Rathaus, and the church ceremony in Aschaffenburg, where M read a passage in German during the service.  There was also a garden party in the rain, complete with an outdoor viewing of the Germany-Italy semi-final game of the Euro Cup and plenty of strong beer.  We next explored Berlin for two days before meeting up with M’s cousin, C, and his wife, S, at their apartment in Leipzig.  After we logged an early training run through the park yesterday, C and S showed us around town, including a huge monument to the 1813 War of Nations battle at Leipzig (Google it…).  We wandered around the university area and stopped at some of their favorite pubs and bookstores.  At the monument, we climbed to the top for a view of the city, but the picture here doesn’t do the experience justice.  We made our way back to their apartment and capped off our non-traditional 4th of July with a balcony barbecue of tofu curry wurst and grilled gouda and hours of conversation in at least two languages.  It was a fantastic evening to close a perfect day.  We didn’t even miss the fireworks.

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