Beer gardens – the Best Invention ever Made in Bavaria!

The Isar close to Pullach. Quite a nature feeling and only a jump away from the city center.

The Isar close to Pullach with Großhesseloher Bridge. Quite a nature feeling and only a jump away from the city center of Munich.

After a bit of moody time the last weeks, probably caused by thinking too much about such boring things as a career, this day was a great one.

Today, the Woodpecker family decided to have an excursion to one of the loveliest sides of Munich (if you are a nature lover):

The river Isar.

We took public transport up to the Zoo, but instead of joining the queue there to cram in with thousands that visit the Zoo on a weekend (instead of doing this on a weekday when it is relaxed and easy), we saved 20 EUR entrance and strolled slowly south on the banks of the river.

It was the first trip with the kids riding on their own bikes (while we old chaps were walking), thus speed was fortunately significantly above the typical 1 km/h.

We had a couple of picnics on our way and build a deluxe channel and a great dam in one of the pebble banks of the river. Boy, the water still is cold. But ah! Father and Son fun at its best! Nothing that money can ever buy you.

You can bring all your food (or even a grill), put your beer in the crystal clear water for cooling and enjoy a surprisingly nature feeling, only a few kilometers away from the city center. You can also go mountain biking in the slopes next to the river and some people even do kayaking or drive on large rafts made from wood and with a beer barrel and a band on board (no joke!).

The final of the tour was very obvious, if you are living in Bavaria:

A Bavarian Beergarden.

For those less familiar with Bavaria:

The best invention here is the Bavarian Beergarden.

Because a law from centuries ago states that in any beer garden in Bavaria you are allowed to bring your own food and only have to pay for the beer (and other drinks). Plus, they are often in marvelous settings under century old trees, as was our goal: the “Waldwirtschaft” in Pullach, in a fantastic location high on the bank of the Isar valley.

View to the left: Kids are happy.

View to the left: Kids are happy…

As most beer gardens, this one offers a kids playground, parents sit with their food and beer right next to that and can enjoy the sun.

And in this particular beer garden, a special feature is added: They have renowned jazz bands playing for free and live almost all over the years!
A very special atmosphere, and highly recommended, should you be in town (Link to Beergarden Waldwirtschaft).
Way back we took the suburban train that stops close by.

View to the right: Jazz music for free!

…View to the right: Jazz music for free!

We felt like eating out today and enjoyed the fantastic spare ribs they offer next to our beers, but if you bring your own food, this whole day trip would have costed you only 20 EUR for a family of four (2 x 5 EUR return trip sub & train, kids are free + 2 x 4 EUR beers + 2 x 1 EUR ice cream for the kids – no chance to be more frugal on the latter one 😉 ).

Cheers,

Woodpecker

 

You got kids, or thinking of having some, but love adventure? Just go for both!

Boat at Seebruck harbour.

Boat moored at Seebruck harbour.

Having two little boys around like Woodpecker’s definitely changes they way you live.

Kids are no machines and do not function like machines. However hard modern society seems to try to force them into the tact of modern economy, they very often happily resist these attempts. Kids show us in a refreshing way that the natural state of living is not about looking at the watch and reaping “profit” as efficiently and as quickly as possible, but about taking your time, concentrating on the here and now, enjoying your body, nature, the beauty of the world and let yourself not be hasted by calendars, clocks or duties.

In fact, there is no such thing as a “duty” to a small kid, except enjoying themselves. What a good life!

Needless to say that downshifting – however much recommended to anyone – is absolutely mandatory once you have kids.

It is a real and shameful waste of some of the potentially best years of your adult live when you just continue your race in the thread-mill once your kids arrived to this beautiful world. And it would be something you very likely will heavily regret on your deathbed – as millions have done already: “Spending much more time with family and friends” and “much less time working on a career”, is one of the most frequent statements of dying people throughout the world when asked what they would like to change in hindsight.
What a tragedy to recognise this only in your last hour!

However, for many people the thought of kids is very much connected to abdication of control and freedom.

Although some of that is true (some things will not be possible to you for some time – though for some limited time only), Woodpecker, as a outdoor and travel-maniac is very glad to have found out that one thing still is possible:

Doing adventures, thrilling traveling and varying endeavours are possible with kids as well as without!

There is absolutely no need to stay at home, to spend all your free time at grandparents only or in one of this awful and non-frugally overpriced family hotels with full-time care for the little ones (so that again you don’t have to spend time together).

Only ingredients you need to experience something special are:

Lunchbreak at Frauenchiemsee (an island).

Lunchbreak at Frauenchiemsee (an island).

  • Faith in your kids,
  • Understanding of their needs, and
  • Time, time, time!

Recent proof from the Woodpecker’s tribe was a two days overnight sailing trip on a small rental yacht on lake Chiemsee.

A fantastic lake next to the towering mountains, big enough to have some sailing fun, but small enough to offer a secure and save “testing-ground” before going something more sportive.

And what fun it was!

The kids were quite fascinated about the different way the world looks from a boat, they loved to sleep all together in its cave like cabin and the elder one found some fun in taking the ruder as well (which was way larger than he is) – although any cop would have taken us for drunkards when looking at our sailing path then ;).

I was not so sure if all would work out that well, because only two adults on board plus two kids means scarce resources to do all the stuff that has to be done on a boat. But again I was proven wrong, and chances are that Woodpecker can continue his beloved hobby also in the circle of his beloved family! Hurray to that!

You are not a sailor and don’t care a damn about Woodpecker’s little lake adventures?

Well, no problem, here is the good news:

The above holds true for about any other of your hobbies and fondness as well!

  • Small kids can climb mountains with you (you might have to carry them on your back though).
  • Small kids can be taken on a bicycle trip from Paris to Istanbul (although you might have to carry them in a trailer).
  • Small kids can join you on a trek trough Africa in a Unimog (and enjoy it!).
  • Kids can go uphill ski-tours with you (from maybe the age on 12 on).
  • You can to a “mens/women only” weekend city trip with your 3-year-old (see Woodpeckers father and son trip to Vienna).
  • You can take your kids to surfing, riding, kayaking, cooking, museums (or boy loves museums), theater (well not at age 3 though) and so on.
  • You can drive by car to the end of turkey or Sicily or you can take them to a backpacking trip through Mexico.

These all are real examples I have seen or done and all of them worked well!

The thing is:

You need TIME, you have to adjust the pace of all the above needs to the kids rhythm, and you have to build in kids specific features.
E.g. on a sailing trip you sail 4-5 hours per day instead of 8, you make a lot of stops for swimming, you construct funny things to tow behind the boat, you tell tales of pirates and discoverers, you do a water-fight on deck and frequent land excursions.
In other words you simply do what you loved your father/mother to do when you were a kid.

And then you can do everything. Kids are quite robust, they lived in caves and rode on horses with our ancestors, they seem to stand heat or humidity better than I do (because I am the guy who has to carry the rucksack…), they have no problem with a lack of luxury or strange foreign people.

It is never the kids who are the limiting factor. It is the parents.

It is parent’s stress, their lack of time and faith, their impatience that is limiting your family!
Downshift, overcome these factors and you will have a great time. And your kids will have a fantastic childhood!

Cheers,

Woodpecker

Take Time for your Passion and Happiness will follow!

Lake Starnberg with thunderstorm. Woodpeckers sailing seasons opening weekend - two days weather like this, but FUN it was!

Lake Starnberg with thunderstorm approaching. The sailing season opening weekend – two days sh** weather like this, but great FUN it was!

Hurray!

I was not very ambitious on new year resolutions, but one of them:

Signing up for a sailing club

is accomplished.
Woodpecker had his first two days of Sailing at Lake Starnberg this weekend.

And what a great weekend we had!
It was quite bad weather, cold, stormy, rainy and with some pretty heavy wind gusts in-between. Of the 15 boats we went out with, three(!) overturned, leaving 7 people quite soaked to the showers. One mast broke and a shroud was ripped apart in a wind gust (a very rare event). And Woodpeckers boat was rammed twice(!) by the same beginner (…what did I do him that he was chasing us so hard?!?), leaving two quite unattractive dents in the wooden port side deck. We all were shivering and exhausted by the end of the days, but almost everybody with that frozen smile in the face, saying: “When do we go out again?”.

So, it was FUN!
(…and boy am I glad that I don’t own the poor boats)

But wait a second:

Sailing? Club? Starnberg?

Woodpecker, are you stupid? Did you leave the road of frugal living? Sailing is a posh and expensive sport, isn’t it? For the rich, the spenders and others who don’t know how to get rid of their money.
And Lake Starnberg! – the most expensive area around Munich, full of millionaires and other price-insensitive folk.
That doesn’t sound like a good treat to your budget, does it?

Well, interesting enough, as most times in life, there is a way to combine fun and cost saving:

In this case, I found out about the University sailing club, and an option to sign up as an Alumni with them!

Total cost per sailing day: 12 EUR!
That is for a day from 9-5. After theory, briefing, preparing the boats, lunch break, debriefing and securing the boats in the evening, this leaves about 5 hours of sailing, or 2,50 EUR per hour on the water.
This is incredibly cheap. For comparison: At lake Ammersee you pay about 30 EUR per hour for a rental small boat – and those are scrappy and old barges compared to the nice and well-kept wooden boats of the university.

Plus the University sailing club comes with a beautiful and centrally located own lake site, an own harbour, several different types of boats, most in a great condition, plus schooling rooms, a small dockyard, two motor boats for support and rescue, showers, changing rooms, food area and a variety of trainings and courses for free!

And the best of all:
It comes with a load of young, motivated and non-money focussed people sailing together with Woodpecker!  This really is important, as it was a major donwturner to me that many commercial sailing club around Munich seem to attract mostly elderly and money-soaked posh people (this does not at all hold for sailors in general, but unfortunately often for clubs around Munich).

Obviously the University club comes with different rules – all of them very much appreciated by a downshifter, but not so much maybe for a career-driven consume-optimizer:

  1. You have to sign up well in advance for courses and commit to dates. You can only do whole weekends, two times 9-5.
    No problem for a downshifter with enough of time available. Sure a problem for the career-optimizer where work always goes first and weekends are desperately needed to sleep or do household stuff.
  2. You can do spontaneous half-days as well, but only on Wednesdays starting from 16:00.
    See bullet above.
  3. You don’t own your own boat but share the club boats.
    Well, perfect. In most cases sharing is much more economic, plus see above what can happen to the poor things! You want to be on your own pulling overturned boats out, tossing them to land, repairing damage and so on? Me not.
  4. You have to prepare and store away everything by yourself, including sail drying, little repair works etc.
    Fantastic! Part of the fun is to really work with the material instead of being a simple consumer of services.
  5. You are encouraged to help out at frequent occasions. Be it helping the carpenter in the dockyard for a day, instructing beginners, later becoming an official trainer or preparing a party, whatever. In return you are allowed to rent out boats outside the courses later on.
    Man! That’s great! Excactly the model I appreciate. People volunteer on different things they are good at to the benefit of everybody. And you are in-between the action and the community. Much better than dedicating the woodwork to an employee and only sit dully on your deck having champagne, isn’t it?

So let’s see where this is going, but I am quite positive this was one of the best decisions so far this year.

I think in general that’s a good receipt:

Go out, think about your passion, find a way to do it the most cost-efficient way, take time away from work and devote it to your passion. And sooner or later, happiness will follow!

Cheers,

Woodpecker

The joy of a Father&Son trip: Vienna

The Vienna Giant Wheel - teaser for big little Woodpecker

The Vienna Giant Wheel – teaser for big little Woodpecker

Since a long time I am thinking to write a post about children and happiness. But never found the right angle to do so until now.

Because if you simply look at the statistics, they will tell you that after an initial boost, happiness and having kids is not really correlated.

Thats good news out there for people without kids: You can still be and stay happy!

But why is it then, that for Woodpecker myself having kids was an enormous life changer, and all to the better despite all that diapers, costs, sleepless nights, etc.?

I’ll put up the following theory (happy for any comments):

If you get kids and then want to continue an un-downshifted life devoted to work like you had it before without kids (as many people seem to do), then your happiness probably will stay flat.
Reason is that any happiness gains from having the kids (coming via the affection, your hormones, the new angle you’ll see the world from, a boost in optimism about the future, the sheer fun you can have with them etc.) will be counter-balanced by negative effects like having much less free cash-flow to consume plus having much less free time for other activities, if both partners are stupid enough to continue working full-time.
That’s a sad situation, but one that I can frequently observe among friends and colleagues. Many people do not really set the stage for enjoying the gift of kids to its full extend.

In contrast let’s look at a situation where you already are committed to downshifting, i.e. money and consumption does not play that much a role for your life satisfaction. And you work as little as possible and have no TV thus time is an ample resource to you (maybe that ample that you actually are one of the few happy people today that still know the feeling of boredom 😉 ).
Then kids will bring a wonderful boost of happiness to your life, so please:

Go ahead when thinking about having kids! Don’t wait for the “perfect point in time”, just do it now, before it is too late!

Hurray to father and son

Last week Woodpecker had some days off plus one of Germany’s luckily numerous public holidays (The day of work 😉 Hurray!)
Unfortunately, Mrs Woodpecker was not able to take this days off, so Woodpecker and Big Little Woodpecker (the three-year old boy) decided to do a mens-trip to my favorite city in the world, Vienna.

Vienna is the city I myself had my first father and son trip to ages ago, when we quite frugally cycled down the Danube from Passau to Vienna (yes, Woodpecker’s father was a good example in downshifting and having time for his kids as well!).

Vienna is the city that Woodpecker went to on his first holiday without parents and a friend only, when he was 16.

And it was the city Woodpecker had a simply wonderful time spending a year abroad during studies.

Now it would be the first city for big little Woodpecker to visit with his father alone (Ha! Dear old dad, outperformed you on that one 😉 ).

I’ll write about the uncountable beauties of Vienna in this separate photo-post, but here I’ll focus on promoting trips with your boy/girl as early as you can.

Fun and Fun costs

Well, it was a men’s trip, so we did take our comforts (by Woodpecker’s standards at least).

We spent the tremendous and unfrugal amount of I think 50 EUR at Viennas fun park, the Prater, riding the ancient giant wheel, a mini train, a horse (well, actually the little one did, and talked about it for days), auto-scooter, carousels etc.  while we were enjoying tons of totally unacceptable and unhealthy food besides. As some of you might know, it is not easy for a downshifter to spend money so recklessly (for most of the population it would have been a perfectly normal costly visit to a fun park though).

But wise Mrs. Woodpecker instructed me please not to look at money on this trip to make it something special. So we didn’t.  🙂

Next we had lots of more unhealthy food by enjoying at every occasion (and there are plenty!) the most of Vienna’s fantastic sweet bakery and confectionary products. We visited some Museums, see next post. Despite being three years old only, big little Woodpecker has more stamina in Museums than old Woodpecker, and he loves them.

The Vienna Tramway. Turned out to be THE highlight for the boy.

The Vienna Tramway. Turned out to be THE highlight for the boy.

And – very important – we made very ample use of our four day public transport ticket (only 16 EUR), riding the beautifully old-fashioned Vienna tram-ways up and down all of the city for sheer fun.
And, boy, that was fun!
Big little Woodpecker in the end was even more pleased by that simple and cheap pleasure than by riding the horses and the giant wheel at the Prater! At least 5 times a day he saw a tram somewhere and said: “And now, we have to ride that one, dad!” And so we did!

Two additional observations:

Feeling the time

As described here, Woodpecker’s sole new year’s resolution for 2013 was to experiment with time and e.g. living without a clock for a prolonged time.
We did exactly that the whole four days, except when we had to reach the trains to and from Munich.

We did not purposely look at the watch at all.

We simply slept until we woke up, got to breakfast (luckily the body clock is clever enough to wake you in time for that), start the day.
Looked for food when we felt like.
Did a break when the mood was for it.
Went back when any of us started to feel tired and slept when our bodies told us now it is time to stop to daff around in the chamber and to close the eyes. One day bed-time must have been after 11 p.m, after we had to make a final tram drive plus an ice cream in the dark. This is way later than the boys usual time, but then the next day he decided to do an additional nap around midday – a good opportunity for Woodpecker to have a coffee and read the newspaper.

What a fantastic experience! Simply drift through the sunny days and see where they are taking you!

Highly recommended with or without kids.

The plus with kids is, that this is actually their natural state of living, and I firmly belief you will see how relaxed even the most stressed and nervous kid would become, once you take the pressure of the clock from them. A very rewarding experience.

Getting into Contact

On top, doing it the slow way does get you into contact with all kinds of people, mainly locals. This is actually boosted if you are travelling as a father with a young kid, as fathers with young kids unfortunately still is a seldom thing in todays crazy world of work.

All the disadvantages that you still will encounter at your workplace if you seriously take out time for your family as a father are paid back by friendliness of people towards you if you move around with your small kid in public.

Example? Two times (!) tram-drivers got up from their steering wheel and helped me carry out the buggy without me asking them to do so.
Ten or twenty times I was approached by total strangers for a chat.
At least five times or so I got into contact with other parents as my and other kids teamed up for playing in one of the wonderful city parks.
At least five times the boy benefited from some sweets some people insisted on sharing with him.
All of the three breakfasts and one train ride we spent in nice conversations with other travellers.

Thus: Kids boost your social contact. Especially when travelling with one parent only.

Base Costs

As said, costs on fun, entrances and food were ridiculously high by Woodpecker’s standards.

But, guess what? Thats all no problem, as our “base costs” were really low, making the overall trip frugal again, despite a very loose brake on daily spending.

Of course we took the train to Vienna, relaxed, much more fun and contact, and cheaper than the car. With the regular special “Europe” offer, it was 90 EUR in total, kids being free.

Being there we stayed in a Youth Hostel for only 20(!) EUR per night, including breakfast. Kids again free. Absolute central location (send me a mail for details), two-bed rooms with own shower. Well, very basic but quiet and clean, what more do you need?

Thus a quick overview on total cost:

Woodpecker’s trip Average family trip Extreme frugal option
Transport for 2 Train, 90 EUR Car, 700km+parking, 150 EUR Car-Sharing, 50 EUR
Accommodation 3nights Youth Hostel,60 EUR 3nights Normal Hotel, 300 EUR As Woodpecker, 60 EUR
Necessary Food Eating out, plus some take away and picnics,70 EUR Eating out only,160 EUR Only picnics, 50 EUR
Fun Food Ice cream, pastry (a must!), frequent coffees (a must too in Vienna),50 EUR 50 EUR 0 EUR
Entrance Fee Museums, Fun Park,50 EUR 50 EUR Museums 20 EUR
Total, 2 persons, 4 days 320 EUR 710 EUR 180 EUR

Not too bad, isn’t it? 320 EUR for four days fun for two. Still fine with me, given we were so relaxed on costs. And still much closer to the extreme frugal option than to the average family trip.

The secret is that accommodation, transport and Eating out make most of the difference. Keep those in check and the luxury of daily spending will be ok.

Summary

All in all one of the best trips I had in my life, and of a total different nature than anything before.

A trip alone with your kid will force you to concentrate fully on him/her. If you do that and are willing to forget the clock, this will be a very relaxing experience.

It will make you see the world from a different angle.

It will be full of social contact.

It can still be frugal while having a lot of fun.

Go ahead and do it! (Or get a kid first 😉 )

Cheers,

Woodpecker

The library – the most profitable investment in your life!

Libraries are as old as civilization - though the selection of books available at this one might be limited...(seen at Pataya, Turkey)

Libraries are as old as civilization – though the selection of books available at this one might be limited…(seen at Patara, Turkey)

Like conventional families go to the mall shopping to have a good day, at Woodpecker’s we have the habit to visit our local library about once a week.

Boy, this is always good fun and sure for free!

The kids are so keen to go there, it always turns out to be a first class event for them, and an educated one as well! We started the habit about 2 1/2 years ago, when the older boy (he is now 3 1/2 years old) started to consume kids book by the dozen.
Actually these days we source 90% of our media demand from the library, but I am surprised that there are still people who never use it! And I’m in deep regret I didn’t discover it earlier.

At least here in Munich, libraries are spread out all over town, and they have kids corners for all ages, kids film, science books for all ages, board games, movies, music, travel guides, audio books, computer programs, you name it!

You just do a nice excursion there by bike, load in a stack of stuff while the kids happily and with a broad smile screen new books or search for their favorite DVD and you have a good time until your next visit.

A big hit to our Amazon purchases.

Let’s look at an estimate:

Item lend Per visit Per year (30 visits) Cost saved p.a.
Kids books 5 50 (very repetitive) EUR 500
Kids DVDs 3 30 (even more repetitive) EUR 450
Board games 0,2 5 EUR 150
Books for us 3 90 EUR 750
Music CDs 0,5 15 EUR 150
Audio Books 1 30 EUR 450
Movies 1 30 EUR 450
Travel Guides 5 EUR 100
Special Books (Science, Handbooks, coffee-table books 10 EUR 250
Total EUR 3.250
Healthy bike kilometers 6 km 180 km
Cost of 2 library cards EUR -40
Return on Investment 8125% !!

A return on investment of 8125% on our library cards!
Savings of 3.250 EUR per year by an investment of 40 EUR. That is 32.500 EUR savings over 10 years! (Or still ~10.000 EUR, assuming you’d have bought used books/media instead)

That’s what I call a good performance! I’d wish there would be more deals out there like this one.

But I’d guess the library card will stay the single most best investment in your life!

So go for it today!

Of course there are still a lot of occasions where we buy from Amazon. TV Serials e.g., as there is no TV at Woodpeckers. Or special books/movies/software not available at the library. In this cases we mostly order at Amazon UK which is much cheaper than Amazon Germany and you can actually log in there with your German user name!And later we resell the used stuff in Germany.
Quite often, I even made a profit out of movies or books that way!

Cheers,
Woodpecker

A frugal Trip to the Mountains

View from our hut, 7:00 am. (Mountains "Wettersteingebirge", Bavaria)

View from our mountain hut, 7:00 am. (Mountains “Wettersteingebirge“, Bavaria)

Again Woodpecker had an excellent chance to see how disconnected money and fun often are in life:

A year is gone and so Woodpecker+old friend’s annual winter mountain tour returned.

This time to a mountain hut in the Wettersteingebirge, some mountains not too far from Munich.

We stayed there for 3 days, and boy, as always it was an absolutely  great time. This year’s hut was located in the middle of a ski-area, so we took advantage of a lift card to do a day of downhill skiing plus a day of our usual ski-touring activity (uphill climbing with skis).

Hope you have a good fire in the oven! The hut - with a cold night approaching.

Hope you have a good fire in the oven! The hut – with a cold night approaching.

The hut is owned by German alpine club and costs only 11 EUR per night for members (Membership 90 EUR p.a.). For this cheap a price you obviously have to bring your own food, cook yourself, heat the stove with fire wood and make some compromises on luxury. E.g. there are typically no showers. This time we had the extreme luxury of hot water, but typically you just pick freezing cold water from an external fountain, sometimes you even have to use gas-lamps as there is no electricity.

I told this to a non-frugal colleague and guess what his answer was?

“Well, interesting. However: without a shower? I wouldn’t do that, because you know, I really work hard enough and earn enough money to deserve my shower each day!”

Oh my god, how wrong he is!

He will never find out the pleasure of the crackling wood-fired stove after a day of physical work out on a ski touring through cold, untouched mountains covered by 2 meters of snow.

He will not smell the gemĂźtlich fume of burning wood far away from any polluting cars.

Zugspitze

Germany’s highest peak – the Zugspitze – in the morning sun. (on the left)

He will not taste the fantastic flavour of some simple fried eggs in the clear, crisp and thin air of the Alps.

He will not enjoy the total silence under a deep black and star sprinkled sky when you step out of the hut at night to take a leak at minus 10 degrees Celsius.

He will not have the fun and good talks with random, but mostly interesting and open people who stay at the same hut.

He will not have the pleasure of waking up from dawn’s first light glancing into your window (that you hopefully shoveled free of snow the evening before), just to peer out and see the morning sun burning the mountain tops in fierce red.

And then – so much fun and stimulation for your senses for so little money!

Let’s compare:

Simple Mountain hut Decent Hotel
Cost for 2 nights p.Person 22 EUR 200 EUR
+ 4 great tasty meals 24 EUR 80 EUR
+ 2 bottles of wine 10 EUR 40 EUR
+ nice drinks 10 EUR (byo) 40 EUR (quickly adds!)
Skiing 0 EUR (touring) 70 EUR ski pass
Transport 15 EUR 15 EUR
Nature experience Incredible Fair
Health effect / Sports Great Fair
Shower Poor Great
Total Trip 3 days fun 81 EUR 445 EUR
Be careful not to sit below this!

Be careful not to sit below this!

I mean, there is nothing wrong with a nice comfortable hotel, and every now and then it’s fine to enjoy one if you wish – but five times the costs, only for a good shower with other things being equal or superior in the hut?!

I don’t know…

Cheers,

Woodpecker

A great Winters Day in the Mountains – The perfect Happiness Booster

Some good local food on a mountain hut tops every 3* restaurant you can imagine.

Some good local food on a mountain hut tops every 3*** restaurant you can imagine.

This weekend the Woodpecker family + grandparents in law spent a perfect day doing a sledge tour in the nearby Alps.

We started in the typical grey winter mist hanging over Munich since 6 weeks now and went to a little lake calledSpitzingsee, about 1100m above sea level, where the magic of the winter mountains was waiting for us:

Dark blue skies without the slightest cloud, a bright sun, very cold, clean and crisp air in the lungs, a bit of mystic for on the frozen lake and the trees and all the landscape covered with fresh fluffy snow that is creaking under your shoes.
Simply fantastic! Continue reading