It had been almost 5 months since we had seen any of our friends or family from back home. When we first moved here in August, I anxiously got our place ready for our first set of visitors who wouldn’t arrive until late December! We were so excited to finally pick up Wade’s parents, Garth & Colleen from the airport! I absolutely adore them and always look forward to our time together. We had so much to catch up on and so many things we wanted to share with them throughout the new town we live in! We took them straight to one of our favorite cafes for brunch, which is one of the few places you can order an actual breakfast that serves eggs. It’s located in an old Cotton Mill complex, where all of the buildings feature the original brick within its interior. Its unique industrial architecture is what makes all of the restaurants and stores within the complex stand out from the rest of its surroundings. When it’s nice out, Wade & I love to sit outside on the patio, overlooking the river that also runs past our house and through Rosenheim. We showed Garth & Colleen the venue that was connected to the café, where we had bought New Year’s Eve tickets for all of us to attend. We warned them how we weren’t sure what this New Year’s Eve party would be like, but thought we should at least give it a try following dinner.
Nothing describes how happy Wade & I are when we get to share our experiences with our friends and family from back home! After getting settled in, we were excited to show them Rosenheim so that they could see what the adorable square and downtown area is actually like! We started by walking around the main streets before the 4 of us settled at Arte & Vino, a boutique wine bar & art gallery we had previously discovered along one of the cobblestone alleyways in Rosenheim. It’s an intimate setting and the perfect place to enjoying some of the finer wines in the city. It would be the first of many wine bars we would discover and fall in love with during their trip!
We finished our night by meeting Jackie & Tyler, along with Tyler’s parents, who had also arrived that day, visiting the same period as Garth & Colleen were! Wade & Tyler grew up playing hockey together, so both of their parents are extremely close! The last time they were able to plan a trip together to watch their sons play hockey was 4 years ago, when they played college hockey at Northeastern. Both Jackie & I have so many fond memories of these days, sharing many memories with our in-laws from the countless trips to Boston altogether! This was definitely a unique and special opportunity being able to have this experience once again but this time, doing it in Europe! We all met at one of the most authentic Bavarian restaurants we could think of called Fischküche for them to experience some traditional Bavarian food right away! The restaurant is an intimate Bavarian setting and always filled with locals – it’s no wonder since the food always tastes like a home cooked meal!
The first couple of days from everyone arriving, we were fully booked with plans! The first morning, we rented what we thought was going to be a van but turned out to be more like a charter bus! Or so it felt like it… especially since I was the driver! It was a massive 9 seater van and also happened to be a standard. Since the in-laws brought some roadies to fully enjoy their vacay and Jackie was unable to drive standard, it was up to me to drive us all to Ravensburg: almost a 3 hour drive to watch Wade & Tyler’s away game. Jackie & I had previously gone to their last away game in Ravensburg and were excited to show everyone what we had experienced! The city has many medieval structures scattered throughout the historic town, which was first discovered in 1088. It is also very well preserved since it wasn’t affected during the war in any way. This makes it an even more interesting place to explore and walk around the small town, seeing some of the original buildings that are now transformed into stores and restaurants. We spent a couple of hours shopping and had dinner in a restaurant that had a rustic historical setting prior to heading to the game.
Watching the guys play in Ravensburg, was the first time their parents were able to watch their sons play together since Northeastern! Our seats happened to be in the fan section since we were cheering for the away team, which turned out to be interesting experience! Wade’s mom made friends with a super fan, who wears Wade’s jersey to every game and would be someone we would end up running into every game throughout their trip! With the earlier roadies and wine over dinner, the massive wine served at the game definitely turned our in-laws night into a fun night out! They were served wine in tall pint glasses, filled to the rim! Luckily, the guys won which made it easy for Tyler’s mom to flirt her way into persuading the coach in letting the boys ride back home with us - the 3 hour drive back to Rosenheim! She was successful with her mission! The in-laws that seemed to be more like our children that night (sitting in the back of our family van) didn’t last long on the drive back home before they were all out cold! We were wondering why it was so quite back there! In their defense, I’m sure they were beyond jet-lagged! Thankfully, we had the guys to keep Jackie & I company, along with a bottle of wine for the long drive home to have our own fun!
It was New Year’s Eve and what better way to bring in the New Year than with family and close friends! We started the night at our place, having everyone over for drinks and appies before heading out. We had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants called Giuseppe, an authentic Italian restaurant, located in the same industrial Cotton Mill building that the New Year’s party was being held at. The reason why we were unsure if everyone’s parents would like the party is because we heard they would be playing a lot of house music. We didn’t go into too much depth, explaining this to them in case we would scare them away from giving it a try! We walked over to the party just before the countdown and thankfully, they played unreal music that included so many great throwback songs, letting us all dance the night away together! An unfamiliar countdown being counted in German was amazing and elaborate with bright sparklers filling the room. We ended up dancing until what was going onto 5am when I could no longer feel my feet! I couldn’t believe the place was still packed and didn’t seem to be ending anytime soon! I’m sure that party didn’t end until the sun came up! It turned into such an incredible night and one of my favorite New Year’s I will never forget!
Wade’s dad played hockey professionally in Germany for about 5 years while Wade’s Mom, Colleen, would do what I’m now doing and move along with him. I have always been fascinated hearing all of her experiences, living throughout Europe, as she began to grow her family. Traveling has always been a passion for me and I have always wanted to experience living in Europe. I guess you really need to be careful what you wish for because sometimes it actually does come true! Little did I know, this would eventually become my reality, as we now are living this life first hand ourselves! It was such an extraordinary experience being able to share our new life in Germany with Wade’s Mom while also hearing her stories be relived while we were touring around Germany together! We would see things she would remember experiencing and point places out that her and her kids had done in the past. She also was able to remember how to speak some German and even helped us by reading menus and such when we needed the help. The best part about her coming back was meeting her dear friends, Claudia & Peter, who she hadn’t seen in over 25 years! They were very close friends with Wade’s Mom and Dad through playing hockey together and was someone who Colleen had stayed in touch with over the years. They only live an hour away from Rosenheim, so we invited them over for a visit and to watch Wade play hockey in Germany! Talk about life coming full circle!