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Sting Ray City: Home Of the Gentlest Sea Creature


As you read the words sting ray I believe that the name Steve Irwin comes to mind. The horrible “gasps” echoed around the world when people heard of his injury and eventual passing.

I still feel sad when I think about Irwin being gone, for his wild love of nature inspired me to watch him on television. I didn’t love nature as passionately as Irwin did, but I did appreciate it more.

In the Grand Cayman there is a beautiful stretch of sand bar that houses a lot of sting rays called Sting Ray City. Of course our tour guides from MarineLand Tours, were well versed and full of knowledge about sting rays. They even mentioned the Steve Irwin tragedy that his death was not intentional, with the sting ray using its defense mechanism (and the only defense sting rays have) the tail barb.

MarineLand  tours provides several excursions such as charters, private tours, and special occasions, as well as the tours to Sting Ray City. In 2013 MarineLand tours was bestowed Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award. They certainly deserved it, and this is one tour I am highly recommending.

 

 

The Journey Home: The Final Countdown


Linderhof Palace
Linderhof Palace (Photo credit: San Diego Shooter)

The time for the family to leave Germany is coming fast. It seems when time is short everything happens at once. Friends want to hang out with you, there are things that “must” be completed, and then you’re living out of suitcases.

The movers came and took the last of our things. Everything we have left must either fit in our suitcases or be given away. I was a lost, because I had to give my comfy blanket up in the middle of German Fall (which can be very cold). Luckily, my neighbor next door took pity on me and gave me some warm blankets to console myself in.

The weekend before I partied with friends and took plenty of photos.I drove up to Heidelberg one last time to see my son, who is staying on in Germany to attend school, and visit the castle there. As I drive through the countryside I spy many places and things I never knew were there after five years of living in Germany. Now the fields and building stand  in stark contrast, with my own memories and the new images combined.

German Woods
German Woods (Photo credit: Franco Rabazzo)

I will definitely miss the relaxing drives through Bavaria, and the forests that remind me of Hansel and Gretel. I will miss the freedom of walking or biking everywhere-without worry of criminal acts waiting in the shadows. I will miss the lazy Sundays, which mean everything is closed, except for restaurants and gas stations. This means no excuses for not hanging with your family for Sunday Dinner.

The historical center of Schöckingen in Baden-...

Love my Schweinebraten!

The friends I have made here will be sorely missed. These friends took the time to help my family and I mesh into the German culture. We learned how to really party at a fest, enjoy a German meal, and learn a new language. We still have some time before we board the plane back to the other side of the world. Until then, I am going to make the most of my days I have left to enjoy in Germany. So for now, Auf Wiedersehen.