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I have been traveling so much that I didn’t have any time to write any posts. So I will start with our Schachenhaus hike we did in June.

King Ludwig II was a crazy king who built a bunch of castles everywhere and then “mysteriously” died in shallow water. One he built is on top of Dreitorspitze (three-humped-peak), which is 2,682 m tall. The castle is 1866 m high. so we’re like great, let’s go to see it and spend the night. Sarita whined: “Mom, you always say: it’s a sunny day, lets go on a hike”.  But soon she was happy.

Luckily, the whether got nice, and we hiked 11 km up. But there’s a secret trick: Some rocks on the trail are magic rocks. When you give them to a grown up and you’re a good hiker they turn into food or candy!

Finally we got there. SCHACHENHUAS!  From the outside it looks like a regular barn house:

But on the inside, it is a party room!

Now of course, we were very tired and we spent the night at the Hutte next to Schachenhaus (Hutten are huts placed all over the alps, something were gonna miss in Wisconsin) and slept cozily:

The next day, we went to an Alpine flowers garden on the first day it opened. It was beautiful!


Then we saw a large field filled with pictures made of rocks. We called it rock graffiti!

Rock Grafitti

Lela, Mom, and Sarita went to make rock grafitti while Dad and I hiked up from Schachenhaus to a notch between two of the three peaks, where Meiler Hutte was, at the border of Austria and Germany. First we hiked switchbacks for forever… and then we finally saw it. But how in the world would we get there.

hutte far away

We hiked through loooooootttttttttssssss of scree and snow (was it really worth it? oh yes, well, at least I thought it was fun) and climbed lots of rocks.

hiking thruogh snow Meilorhütte

Finally we got there. I had hot lemonade and my dad had coffee. The people there were surprised that we got there. Then we hiked back down to Schachenhaus and had a warm dinner.

The next day was hike-back-12km-down-day. We wanted to go a different way down that said LIFE ROPE. We didn’t know what that meant so we went. Down. 4000 ft vertical. The trail was called Teufelgsaß, which means Devil’s Palace. That should have warned us!


sarita climbing


It meant that there was a rope to hold on to because there were cliffs. And a few waterfalls to cross too!

After we finally got down, there was the flat part. And then it poured and poured and poured. It was muddy and miserable. It was so nice to run into Partnachalm Hutte to dry out and drink cocoa. We didn’t want to get back out. When we finally got home (elevation 750 m), we were relieved. Now, what kind of hike should we go on tomorrow?



It has rained for the past week and a half. The rain is like  this: It rains for three hours and then it stops for twenty minutes. when ever it stops my mom always says “Go out-side!!” and we drop our homework and rush out side.

On Saturday May 18th, our family decided to go on a hike on a gorge with water-falls, Partnachklamm. We decided to go because it was raining and we wouldn’t mind the spray of the water falls. of course, that was the one day that that it didn’t rain. Although that was o.k because we were tired of rain and we got the splash and (lots and lots and lots of) drips of the waterfalls.

Well, last time we went on this hike, it was the beginning of our trip and we were jet-lagged, tired, and not used to walking a lot. when we got to the fun part where you had to pay, we just decided to go back to our hostile.

this time, the hike we took that time, seemed like nothing, it was just to get to the adventure that lay before us…

First, we went through the gorge. We thought it was raining. It was actually dripping really hard. there were lots of long, crazy, dark, tunnels. we never thought to bring a flashlight. We never thought we’d be climbing through holes in drippy rocks! But it was very beautiful and there were some holes for light.

Then, we hiked up, up, up, a really steep hill. It was cool because then we got ice cream! Mom says she will miss  being able to go on a hike and just say “we’ll run into a restaurant soon” when we get to Madison. The ice cream was yummy. Then Lela spotted a bunch of really cute ducklings! They were fuzzy!

Then we started down a really steep, steep, steep, even steeper than the way up, road. Scoot, scoot, scoot. 😛 Then Lela saw (thank-you for your eyes!) a foot-path Yay. but even then it was steep and we had to climb over mud and rocks. It was really fun! 🙂

Then we got a pressed penny of Partnachklamm because we collect them.

photo 1      photo 2

-Maya ∆∆


Gujarat (India’s Part 2)

Kerala (India’s part one)

A ski day

You know, if you’re living in Bavaria, surrounded by mountains, you can’t help skiing! So I asked my awesome friend Sydney, who is from Vermont and speaks English, to come skiing with me and my dad one day after school. Well, my dad had to come because, well, you never know what could happen.

Whoa! Don’t start your ski day this way.

Fortunately, that didn’t happen, although some crazy thing’s did happen. But those come later in the post. So, first we all got on the cable car to Alpspitze.

The “Before” Picture

That part was boring so I won’t write about it.

Then, the skiing began. My dad said he would take us somewhere he’d never been before (ooh) and so off we went into a cluster of steep trees. First, we fell a lot. Then we fell some more (this is including my dad). So, the crazy things that happened? Well mostly the whole time it was crazy but here are some crazy parts.

Down goes me
Down goes Sydney

So you can see, we had lot’s of fun. But very tiring. So then we decided to take a break and went to a stopping place. We got water and candy and you will never know how good that can taste after skiing for … forever (three hours with verylittlestop).

Racing down off-piste before the lifts close

Then we skied to the bottom. It was terribly fun.

Our experience in Europe has brought us to tasting many different foods. Here is a list of some of the most important.

1 Meat: As you probably already know, Germany is known for its meat. We have had salami, weißwurst, many kinds of other meats, and much more. We even went to a kosher butcher.  I find I’ve been eating a lot more meat now. I think it’s good.

loli-pop salami
loli-pop salami

2 Bread: In Germany, there are bakeries on almost every street. Many Saturdays, Sarita and Dad go to a bakery to eat breakfast. It makes me really wish I wasn’t allergic to gluten. But we still can find gluten free treats too.

lots of treats!  (Lela's advevt party)
lots of treats!
(Lela’s Advent party)

3 Beer: As you probably know, we went to Oktoberfest. There was lots of beer there. Beer is popular in Germany. There is even some at the vegetable store!

a little beer to start the morning
a little beer to start the morning

4 Nuts: I’m nuts for nuts. In Salzburg, we had fresh cooked Chestnuts. It was cold out and they tasted wonderful. Even Lela ate them and she doesn’t even like nuts!

Hot chestnut on an open fire season. Goes well with glühwein!
Hot chestnut

5 Cheese: We can find very good cheese here. In Munich, we had really good Gouda cheese. It was delicious! Also my mom goes every week to the farmers market to get cheese.


6 Cool things.

1: When we were in Italy the restaurants didn’t open till 7:30

2: We went to a shop called Gluten Free World (GFW)  and got gluten free gnocchi.

3: People in Germany eat a lot of schnitzel but when we got gluten free ones, I thought they were disgusting!

4:In Germany, we cant find corn tortillas to make our Favorite quesadillas. : (

5: We got really good Pfifferlinge mushrooms at the vegetable store.

6: In a restaurant, you can just sit down when ever or where ever you want.

By Maya.    Do you eat to live or live to eat?

ps. What’s wrong with this apple core!?



This winter break I went to Israel. First we stopped at our friends Gavi and Ezra’s house. While we were there we went to two really cool places.

1. The playground


cricket playground

Here is the cricket play ground. We also went to the High Slide playground, which is a playground with very high slides and a maze made of slides.  Going to many different playgrounds in many different countries has been interesting. Garmisch has many see-saws and slides built on mountains; Israel has about the same kind of playgrounds as Wisconsin.

2. Mini Israel

Mini Israel is a museum of  Israel except all the buildings are super mini. We took our pictures in front of the mini ones and than the real ones.

mini Ceasaria
mini Caesarea
Real Ceasarea
Real Ceasarea


mini Kibbutz ( community farm)
mini Kibbutz ( community farm)
Real Kibbutz (community farm)
Real Kibbutz (community farm)

On Dec.23 we went to a Turkish bath-house in Akko. We learned that it was really hot. Lela didn’t like it because in the movie they were hitting each other with really hot leaves.

Then later that day, we went to a Grotto in Nahariya. Here is a picture

Very blue water
Very blue water

We walked for a long time in the cave. it was really cool. There were a lot of pigeons living in the holes in the rock.

In the Kibbutz, we made Chocolate and it was really good. I made a chocolate house and the others made a family kit. My grandma made truffles that were also really good.

My chocolate house
My chocolate house

On Dec.29, we went to a field site that one of my Dad’s friends was on. They had a big tower and a lot of barbed wire because people kept stealing their stuff. They were studying how trees can grow in the desert. I played in the woods (desert) all day.

On Dec. 30 we meet up with the Swifts, our friends. We walked around the old city and it was really cool. We went on a tour of the old city. For lunch, we had gluten free falafel and it was the best!

On Dec. 31 we went to three different places in the desert.  In the morning, we went to Masada. It was the castle ruins of King Herod. It was a good thing, it was morning because the hike was hot.

A Castle!
   A Castle!

The next place we went was an oasis called Ein Gedi. The springs were beautiful and warm and the plants were green. We even saw a hyrax, which looks this:

At first, we thought it was a cat because there are thousands of stray cats in Jerusalem. I mean thousands.

At the end of the day we went to cool off at the Dead Sea. The dead sea is so crazy! When you first get in it’s like “Oh it’s a little floaty,” But when you lift your feet up, you can’t get them back down!

On the last day of our trip, we went to the zoo. We saw a lot of really cool animals. My favorite animal was the monkeys, who had no cage, but were on an island and kept hooooowwwwwling the whole time we were there.

To catch our plane, we had to get up at 3:00 in the morning but over-all in was a great trip!