Dinner with Liz and Etay.
Wish these were real!
Very real, and very yum!
Visiting Schönbrunn Palace, our last stop in Vienna…
Walking up to the Gloriette on top of the hill…
Enjoying our walk back down the hill…
Stopping for the night in the very very retro (read: old) but nice Hotel Post in the town of Braunau, on the border of Austria and Germany.
**The more you know…**
Tomorrow we go home!
Lazy day – settling into our rented apartment in Vienna :)
And WiFi, which—funny story—we don’t get in the apartment we rented specifically for WiFi…!
Dark wood furniture is kind of my dream…
Participating in some sort of European new year tradition, where you melt down some lead, dump it in cold water, and read its shape as an indicator for your upcoming year!
Happy new year everyone!
Leaving Switzerland for a late afternoon at the Christmas market in France…
(I also love construction!)
After saying goodbye to Chris and Jacqueline, driving back into Germany…
(from the blackness of France, according to our GPS)
Found a really cute brewery-guesthouse in the Black Forest!
Also their blue flaming rum shot… :P
And bright pink floral suite. :)
Merry Christmas to everyone, from Switzerland!
Our awesome tree!
I’m thankful for – Day #9 – The Holidays
Two great things about the holiday season—celebrating with friends and family (!!), and days off (so excited)!!!
Here are our “simple & sweet” holiday decorations for Apartment 703 this year… our lamppost tree… and our updated seasons wreath in the hall.
Perhaps next year will be more elaborate. :)
Happy hour at Old Pro – friends, football, beer, and holiday cheer!
Henning and I joined Hannah and friends at Suppenkuche in San Francisco to celebrate Hannah’s 25th birthday. The German food and beers were wonderful. I also LOVED the dried flowers hanging across the ceiling!
My coworkers and I are big on group bonding. This week’s happy hour was at the Nut House. I love the eccentric decor of this place!
Woke up on the bus, to the family playing a version of song-title-charades. Not knowing much Marathi, I couldn’t exactly partake, but it was still fun to watch. :)
When we arrived at the hotel in Lonavala, the bride’s family was waiting to greet the groom’s family’s two buses with bright yellow flower petals.
We settled into our rooms at the hotel (which was pretty much rented out for the event), and then settled into the first of many, many snacks/meals.
After one of the many, many short siestas began one of the many, many rituals / ceremonies of the weekend.
Not exactly sure what this first ritual was about. To be honest, it was difficult sometimes to find someone who spoke enough English to explain! In general, the traditional rituals seemed to involved one group of the wedding party blessing either the bride/groom or another part of the wedding party. :)
Females on groom’s side of family blessing the groom, and his nephew Aunish by touching their head, shoulders, hands and feet.
Short intermission for food (in the big hall), and two of my roommates (Arpan and Kajol) practicing their dance for later that night.
Saurabh in his garb for the afternoon.
The drummers enter, and everyone starts dancing!
The bride arrives, in HER afternoon garb!
Saurabh’s mom. I still think she’s so pretty!
Next ritual, which involves the groom’s side of the family (men in front). I believe that gifts to the bride are involved (below).
The big hall re-decorated for the evening events. Food tables (buffet style) line both sides of the hall. Sooo good!
Hanging out with the kids (we are starving!!)
After everyone else joins and eats, Saurabh and Prachi arrive and are part of a short comedy routine before they take their seats in the loves swing (above).
Some sweet moments in there. :)
I don’t have photos (only video) of the following, but the rest of the night involved a lot of dancing! First, friends and family performed routines for Saurabh and Prachi (and the rest of the audience), before the wedding couple themselves got on stage to perform a cute number. :)
Everything ended in a big dance party on the floor, followed by more food, and ANOTHER late-night dance party indoors!