Vinnie and I have traveled together a few times, and Errol has taken Thom on some trips too. Predictably, Lee and Ned questioned when they would get to go on a special trip.
The problem is that Lee and Ned (especially Ned) don’t like trips. They love being at home and going to the same handful of places in Freiburg. Ned famously remarked that his favorite part of the trip to Cologne was the train back to Freiburg.
Before we had this time in Europe, we didn’t know the twins felt this way. Our only family travel were beach trips and back and forth from Nebraska. Admittedly, that’s quite a bit different than the trips we’re taking this year.
The realization that the twins had little tolerance for much out of their routine, led me to revise our big spring trip. There was no way they could be on the go for two weeks. An early exit provided an opportunity to give them their special trip. We’d make a stopover in Leipzig on our train ride home from Berlin!
One of my mentors died right before we left New Jersey last summer. When I spoke with her last, she was so excited I was to spend a year in Germany. She specifically mentioned how she loved Leipzig for Bach and Thomaskirche’s Boy Choir.
Unlike Vergene, Lee and Ned were only interested in seeing the soccer stadium.
I managed to get them inside St. Nicholas church, but the rest of the day was soccer-centered.
The weather was on the warm side, but we walked the whole way to Red Bulls Arena. We found a great playground nearby and went into three soccer stores.
We took a tram back to the train station. Apparently, Leipzig’s central station is the largest in Europe. The twins loved it because there was a Pizza Hut, and I let them eat supper there.
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Writings on our year abroad.