This is an old water tower in Rathenow.
In Stendal, we visited Ingrid and Ekhart (Mariella and Arthur's other grandparents). Mariella and Arthur were there. Mariella is on holiday for Pentacost. Steffi, Christian's daughter, was at work so I didn't meet her. I did meet Stefan, Mariella and Arthur's dad.
Mariella is 11. At first she was quiet, but then we started to play some tic-tac-toe. Then we showed each other how much (or little, in my case) we knew of each other's languages. She is a sweet girl, and I enjoyed getting to meet her.
Ingrid and Ekhart have pretty much no English. I wanted to talk to them anyway. I had to work very hard to find the German words. Then, because my grammar is so schlect, Christian would have to translate my bad German. I think I am getting better, but no one can understand me so...not really. I'm like a child just learning to talk. I say things using the words I know, but that doesn't always work. Also, I have to be careful because sometimes I just "Deutschify" an English word by using a German accent. Ja, that doesn't really work either!
On our way back to the house, we stopped at a good Bakerei called Müller. The cakes are delicious and also very cheap. Christian and I picked out a variety and took them back to Ingrid and Ekhart's. We had the afternoon snack of cake and coffee (water for Mariella and I).
Soon it was time for Christian and I to leave. It was 6:00 and we still had to ride to Käthen where Christian's sister lives. It was only about 15km (and Christian didn't make one single wrong turn!). Along the way we stopped to see an old classmate of Christian's. We also stopped in Möringen where Christian's boyhood home is. Below is the home where Christian and his three sisters were raised.
We are camping in the yard of Friedel and Hans' house. They have a nice sized farm with chickens, ducks, and a pig. Friedel also has a large garden where she is growing everything from strawberries to potatoes.