Luckily, I don't mind too much because I was pleasantly surprised by the German part of the trip. My stepdad is German, and he and my mom recently purchased an old home in former East Germany called Schloss Pütnitz in Ribnitz-Damgarten. It was in complete disrepair when they bought it, but they are completely renovating it to rent out as private holiday apartments in the future.
|Front of the house|
|View of the back of the house|
I didn't really have any idea what it looked like, to be honest. Once we got inside...holy crap that place is big. I kept thinking I would get to live like a princess until I remembered that the place is for renting out, not making into my own personal Downton Abbey. Rude, right? There's even the whole upstairs/downstairs thing for the residents and then the "staff". I told my parents to only hire dramatic staff that have dark histories and like to create good plotlines, but they said something about "not that kind of place"? Weird.
It's kind of neat to see all the renovations though - they are keeping the outside EXACTLY as it looked for the most recent renovation (1906). It was used for public housing over the years after World War II, because in the Communist DDR people didn't really "own" their own homes anyway. Pretty incredible history attached to it all.
Since my stepdad's family is originally from this area, we keep seeing his last name pop up everywhere. We went to the local cloisters today, and found this statue of his great-aunt. Apparently she was a short old woman who lived in the convent and smoked a pipe, but she protected all the women when the soldiers came and attacked in WWII. Girl power.
|Left hand - cane. Right hand - pipe. No joke, even in the statue.|
Inside the local museum there were more pictures of their new vacation house/ hotel and lots of family crests from his side of the family. Sure, it was cool, but I haven't seen my little brother in a while. We were far more interested in doing cool stuff like trading jackets.
So far, the trip is excellent. Cool weather, amazing running paths, very relaxing and awesome family. Downside = I still have to work a little, and I want to sleep all the time. There's only a 6 hour time difference but I'm still somehow exhausted!
Do you like museums? Historical landmarks?
Yep, and yep. Unless they are entirely about leaves or bugs or something. But history/art museums I find pretty interesting most of the time.
Have you ever watched Downton Abbey?
If not, I feel terribly that you read this entire post but haven't watched the best show ever. (Until I discover the NEXT best show ever, that is.)