Black Forest Crazy Rollercoaster
12.05.2009 10 °C
Our train left Munich in the afternoon, so we got to Freiburg later on in the evening. We couchsurfed in Freiburg, so when we got to the train station we tried to figure out how to get to our hosts' place. Unfortunately, we had no idea how to use the buses. Freiburg's bus system is the craziest system in the whole planet I would assume. No sense whatsoever. The best part was the times that were posted at all the stops were from 2008, and the 2009 schedule was nothing close to the old one. Really cool Germany. Anyhow, we finally decided to just call our host and he was super nice and came to pick us up. Ended up that they lived in a little suburb/town thing a few minutes outside of Freiburg, so this could have been why we were so lost.
After getting a little tour we reached our hosts' place. The wife was actually Canadian, and moved to Germany after they got married. They had a 5 year old daughter, Alexandria, who was super cute, and could speak German and English fluently. She enjoyed showing us her English singing Barbies she got in Canada. We just took it easy that night, and watched a movie with our hosts', which was crazy because we have not watched TV since we got here. (BTW - it was Joaquin Phoenix's new movie, Two Lovers or something... totally crazy. This is why he went nuts). We headed to bed because we decided the next day we were going hiking in the Black Forest (this was our main purpose of going to Freiburg).
Of course we get up in the morning, and it is cool and windy and raining off and on. But, we only had two days in Freiburg so we had to suck it up and head to the mountains. Unfortunately we were both sick (Munich not only killed our livers but also our immune systems) so we popped some pills, bought some Vicks (Wicks in German) and headed out. After about an hour bus ride, THE craziest bus ride through winding mountain roads and tiny little German towns, we were in a little town called Todtnau. There were so many little tiny ski towns throughout the Forest, this would be an unreal place to be in during winter. We picked Todtnau because there is a place where you take a chair lift up to the top, then there are plenty of hiking trails, and you can take this crazy roller coaster to get back down again. We hiked for a few hours, and luckily it warmed up and the sun even came out a bit so it was pretty decent. Michaela got very excited to be in the Black Forest. Can't remember exactly how high we were, but it was high. We found a tiny little cabin that Breanne was quite nervous about. We of course had to take this roller coaster down. The signs said it was kind of like a luge (our little German that we have picked up along the way helped us translate that).. it kind of was. You got to sit in these little luge like things and control the speed yourself. Breanne went flying down. It was pretty sweet, even if we were the oldest people without children on it. The town of Todtnau itself was pretty tiny, a little sketchy, so we walked around for a bit but then caught the bus back. By the time we got back to Freiburg it was after supper, so we grabbed something to eat then headed back to our hosts' place (this time we figured out the bus). We didn't want to intrude on them, because the husband was really really REALLY into couch surfing, but the wife was actually pretty standoffish and kind of rude to us, so we didn't feel comfortable when she was around. But we made the most of it. That night we just walked around Freiburg for awhile. All the houses here have mechanical shutters that go over the windows at night, it is pretty weird. You are like blocked off from the outside world with steel curtains, strange.
Next day we were leaving Freiburg and off to Lyon, so we toured around the city for a few hours before we caught the train. Freiburg is an absolutely beautiful city, SO German with the little Hansel and Gretel houses. There were tons of crazy older German tourists running about. It was actually nice out that day so we didn't want to leave, but we eventually made our way back to the good ol' DeutcheBahn (train).