After two short days in Boston, we took an overnight flight to Hamburg, Germany with a stop in Oslo, Norway. Leo and Mila did excellent and slept for most of the flight. We were greeted at the airport by my sister, her 3 girls and her husband Rafal. My sister and family live right in the city, near the metro and many parks. It is a great location for us to explore Hamburg. That night, we shared a nice dinner and drank a few German brews while resting early for the night as we were all fairly tired. The next day, we took the kids to Stadtpark (a city park) where they could run around and enjoy its many playgrounds. Its spring break in Hamburg, so my nieces were out of school for the week. For most of the day we stayed outside and strolled around Hamburg. We had another fine dinner from my sister’s kitchen and simply caught up for lost time.
Thursday was Father’s Day in Germany, considered a National Holiday, everyone was off for the day. It’s another perfect day in Hamburg, 79 degrees & sunny skies so we decide to throw a picnic. We took the Ubahn (metro) to a park called Planten un Blumen. It’s a beautiful park in central Hamburg with tons of flowers, plants, coffee shops, and many playgrounds for children. We let the kids run around for a bit and then we set up our picnic. It felt amazing to have some sun touch your skin (we were really spoiled in Florida, ha). Watching Leo and Mila playing with their cousins - Zosia, Tosia and Julcia was a highlight of my day. My sister had Julia 7 weeks after I gave birth to Mila and it was their first time meeting each other. It was really nice to watch them play all day. They’d take turns rolling down the hill and then play a game of tag. Since I don’t get to see my sister and family very often, I cherish these moments and appreciate our time together.
On Friday, we visited the Wunderland Museum (http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com). It is the World’s largest model train exhibition and our 2nd visit here. Leo loves trains and this time you could tell that he was really enjoying himself (1st time he was only a year old), especially the model airport, where it simulates actual plane activity, taking off and landing every few minutes. I am still amazed with all the detail that goes into these exhibitions. They even have a United States display with Florida’s Tri-Rail featured, taking passengers through Miami. They also have the Space Shuttle launch. I give a lot credit to all of the workers and creators of that museum. We ended the day with a walk around city center and another yummy meal prepared by chef Kasia.
Although I have not seen my sister for two years, I think we’ve grown even closer. Since our arrival, we have not stopped talking. While Rick and Rafal sit around drink fine German beer, we stay up late in the night talking. I’m really enjoying the fact that we are together and continue what we do best - talk, talk, talk and cook, of course :)