Good Afternoon Everybody,
With only two more days left, this visit brings on a new and deeper meaning. Remember what you see, write down the important memories, and listen to the words spoken about business matters The ride was most enjoyable; each comment made by Dr. Schmittmann was like a new book written just for me. Each new sight and each new business was a new continuing chapter in a book that will continue to be written with each upcoming visit—what memories! It was a beautiful crisp fall day and I took special note of each moment—like a new day dawning. The clean forests and all the orderly situated businesses, located in the Rhine Westphalia Area, the Hilly District, will leave everlasting impressions on an eager mind to learn. How different than what one remembers about the United States. Much smaller and what seems to be more orderly. Showing how the German People were able to deal with a much smaller land mass on which to build and function on, a visual story that tells one just how the German People live a life that was a representative picture of their thinking.
Each day was filled with new sights and a visit to new restaurants that offered new insights as to what the German People ate. One evening offered another new experience—Steak Tartar. I had never eaten this dish before, but I would be an Adventurist and give it a try. It was a meal to be shared with Dr. H.B. Schmittmann and me. The meal consisted of raw ground steak, much like hamburger, formed on a wooden platter, and along the side, a basket of toast with pads of real butter. Following the lead of Dr. Schmittmann, I proceeded to eat my first, and certainly not my last, Steak Tartar. A small amount of butter, spread on a piece of toast, followed by spreading an amount of raw steak on the toast, with all its spices and seasonings and proceed to eat it. One would follow this procedure, intermingled with a sip of fresh Pilsner Beer, until finished. I soon learned that this meal required a learned taste appreciation, one I soon learned and enjoyed. After finishing dinner we proceeded to the hotel—tomorrow at mid-day I would be leaving for home. I must say that my time in Germany was an enjoyable experience and I look forward to returning to new friends, a new country, and new adventures.
Thought: I felt that the time spent in Germany was by divine appointment.
Until Next Time,
In His Service,