Never Too Old for Adventure Two Octogenarians Abroad: Correspondence from a Year of Home Exchanges with Couples in Austria, Germany, France and Poland
This book is an excursion into the thoughts and experiences of two enterprising octogenarians: a German wife and her Texas husband. They return to Europe for one year of home exchanges with various partners in several cities and countries: Austria, France, Germany, and Poland. The correspondences are presented chronologically, paired with cultural insights, memories of the cities and villages as they were decades ago, and the new adventures they embark on with people they encounter and relatives they visit along the way. We promised our U.S. family we would write regular reports of our whereabouts and keep them informed of our activities abroad. We kept our promise over the months, and this notebook is the collection of letters and pictures from our stay overseas. The trip took place from autumn 2007 through autumn 2008.
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Carnival in Southwest Germanylate January
Weimar and Erfurt
Interlude to Brittany France
Adventures in Polish Silesia
Unexpected Hospitality of the Röbels in Bremen
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