|Castle and Croft|
Since our arrival, we have made it through the first week of classes, including our first German class; enjoyed our first Sunday tea with Mary; survived our first workday--which involved netting grapes, clearing trenches, and cleaning rocks off roadways; got back up the shortcut path to the castle after a 4-hour walking tour of Dorf Tirol and Meran with Michi; and had a tour of the museum here at Brunnenburg and the tower at Schloss Tirol. And those are just some of the things we have done together.
Animals are a part of everyday life here. Walk along any path and you could meet cats, a dog, goats, sheep, pigs, guinea hens, turkeys, geese, rabbits. Many of these animals are rare breeds, such as the curly-haired pigs. There is always work to be done with the animals, and several of the students have already started pitching in. One word of caution—apparently bare toes look a lot like small potatoes to the pigs. I learned that one that hard way. There's been plenty of individual adventuring as well.
The week ahead promises more excitement. A parade in Dorf Tirol today, a wine tasting with Sizzo, more touring at Schloss Tirol, more walking (climbing), and more of Brigitte's fabulous food. Everyone who's been here talks about Brigitte's food, but there's no way that describing it does it justice. Can you tell I'm a fan?
Auf Wiedersehen / Ciao,