Friday was the last time Jade would be “hand-carried” by train to and from her school bus between France and Germany. I traveled from Stuttgart early in the day, bought a train “carte de jeune” for her that gives her an up to 60% discount, enrolled her in the frequent traveler program, then went for a cup of coffee. ”A coffee please”, I said. ”Of course”, the waiter said and everyone was pleased.
When Jade’s bus arrived we still had a couple of hours before the train left and as she is always ravenous, we ordered an early dinner and discussed the rules of solo train traveling: 1) Talk to no one except old ladies and train officials. 2) Do not leave the station. 3) As soon as the gate for your train is on the screen, go to that gate and wait. 4) Scream in a loud, berserker fashion if frightened by anyone, including old ladies.
The food and wine at this small restaurant across from the station was “correct” and familiar.
Meanwhile, back in Stuttgart the Cannstatter Volksfest, located on the town’s fairgrounds got off to a rousing start; beer, food and boisterous singing.
If we don’t find a house soon and stop eating out, we are going to be big
The fairgrounds had lots of rides, most of them scary. My husband decided to try one with Jade. While she was laughing like a lunatic, her father’s face first turned red, then an alarming, unattractive yellow. After that, she rode alone. Of course my going with her was out of the question, especially after seeing how long it took her father’s color to return. There was a nice man who consented to accompany her on the bungee ride. We bought the video. If you can’t see the video, I don’t know what’s wrong. Ask wordpress.
Around about 4:00 p.m. we noticed that a lot of the young men were becoming increasingly aggressive and/or “laughing at the ground”. Time to go. We hopped a tram over to Schlossplatz, the largest square in the center of Stuttgart. They have a bandstand on the square with big band jazz and singers. Fabulous! The nice waiter poured my mug of wine into a glass, my husband ordered a pilsner and Jade an apple juice. Then we listened.