Chris and I have fallen into a comfortable routine at our Helpx in the Black Forest. This is a photo-essay of a fairly typical day for us!
We wake up each morning to the bright sunlight streaming through the windows. Most windows have geranium planter boxes and the flowers are cheerfully in bloom.
After a filling German breakfast (rolls, cheese, meat, yogurt and fruit), Chris and I part ways to do work around the guest house for several hours. I usually clean rooms after guests leave, while Chris either paints window frames (if it's sunny) or helps me (if it's raining).
The family is going to a nearby town, Titisee, for an antique market. Since Chris and I have the afternoon off, we decide to tag along. Titisee is an extremely cute but very touristy small town, right on the edge of a lake.
We have fun walking through Titisee--some of the signs and storefronts are beautiful!
Our host family drives back to the guest house while Chris and I enjoy a local wurst. We have decided to hike back instead of drive, given the beautiful weather and scenery. Germany is filled with hiking trails and they are all well-marked; it's possible to hike throughout the entire country, to big cities as well as tiny mountain towns.
The hike leads us around the lake--campers are out in force and it is obvious that everyone is taking advantage of the warm weather!
The trails are very spacious and taken care of. Given the temperature, I decided to rock both a dress and my hiking boots; given the popularity of mountain hiking in the Black Forest, no one gave my outfit a second look.
The plush fields are very tempting and we stop for a break half-way back.
(I enjoy taking photos of the grass and various bugs while Chris naps)
Four hours of hiking later, we arrive back at the guest house--just in time for dinner!