Have you ever had a perfect day that took you completely by surprise? Today was one of those days for me.

All of you regular readers of this blog probably remember Judit and Ljubo I mentioned in one of my first posts (First impressions). This same Judit invited us to the celebration of her birthday. Don`t ask me which one, because I do not know, but Judit is a dish to look at, so it really doesn`t matter. Back to the subject of perfect days.

She invited us to join her in the celebration today. The weather forecast for today was bleak at best. Therefore I could not have expected a day like it actually played out. The weather was absolutely wonderful (I am starting to lose my trust in the German weather forecasting abilities). And the people that came to the party (next to Judit and Ljubo, and evidently my family, I didn`t know anyone else) were just lovely. The fact that our kids wanted to go home with them at one point and not us, is a clear evidence of the awesomeness of Judit`s friends and family. To top it all we were a nationalities cocktail once again – three Hungarian women, four Slovenians, two representatives of Poland and a Croatian. In addition the place Judit chose was a blast.

Judit invited us to Kloster Banz (it is a huge abbey in the Coburg region). It looked huge already while driving towards it:

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Even from a distance it looked huge! / Že od daleč je izgledal ogromen!
Even from a distance it looked huge! / Že od daleč je izgledal ogromen!

But once there it was a mouth opener. The yard was neat and the inside of the church breath-taking (I wasn`t able to take a single usable picture inside of the church as I was taking photos incognito because of the prohibition of photos in the church – I am a rebel what can I say):

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The view in front of the abbey was breathtaking! / Razgled pred samostanom je bil dih jemajoč!
The view in front of the abbey was breathtaking! / Razgled pred samostanom je bil dih jemajoč!

But what really stole the show was this:

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A ball – simple/ Preprosto žoga!

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It was a present for the kids from our new Polish friends Filip (I do not know if I spelled it right, but it is better than Fifi, a nickname his future wife Paulina gave him) and Paulina. Filip, as it turns out, has a lot of spare energy, which he most generously spent while playing with our kids:

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I called this “The Polish Transportation device”/ Temu sem rekel poljsko prevozno sredstvo.

It is so nice to see the kids playing and laughing like they did today and all it took was Filip. So, thank you for that Filip, the kids will have a delta sleep tonight (or they will keep dreaming about how awesome Filip is and they will wake constantly).

»Give them games and bread, and they will love you for it« – I`m quite sure I stole that from the movie Gladiator (but probably some Roman emperor said it once before the movie came out :)), but that is exactly what we got today. Next to games we got splendid food at the abbey. Just look:

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A true German delight / Prava nemška pojedina.
A true German delight / Prava nemška pojedina.

And the cake was finger-licking-delicious (look at the picture at the head). As I am a man on a mission (a beer mission) I also got to try a local beer called Weismainer

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and I am still flustered about what spice they use in this beer, but it is definitely a must try while you are stuffing yourself with a tasty meal at Banz Abbey.

Judit, we hope we made the celebration of your birthday a little more special with our presence, because you sure gave us a perfect day. Thank you.

Njameeeee!
Njameeeee!

Slovenci na mednarodnem rojstnem dnevu:

Ali ste že kdaj doživeli popoln dan popolnoma nepričakovano? Danes je bil tak dan zame.

Vsi redni bralci bloga se verjetno spomnite Judit in Ljubota, ki sem ju omenil v enem od prvih objav (Prvi občutki). Ta ista Judit nas je povabila na praznovanje njenega rojstnega dneva. Ne me vprašati katerega, ker ne vem in glede na to, da je Judit zelo privlačna ženska, niti ni bistveno. Nazaj k popolnim dnevom.

Judit nas je povabila na praznovanje danes, ko je bilo napovedano zelo slabo vreme. Tako nikakor nisem mogel pričakovati takšnega dneva, kot smo ga potem imeli. Vreme je bilo glede na napoved čudovito (počasi izgubljam zaupanje v nemške vremenarske sposobnosti). In ljudje, ki so se udeležili zabave (poleg Judit in Ljubota ter seveda svoje družine,  nisem poznal nikogar) so bili izjemno prijetni. Že samo dejstvo, da sta najina otroka na določeni točki zabave hotela domov z enim od njih in ne z nama, je dovolj dokaz, da so Juditini prijatelji in družina vrhunski. Za povrh pa smo bili ponovno mednarodni koktajl – tri Madžarke, štirje Slovenci, dva predstavnika Poljske in Hrvat. Pa še gostilna, ki ga je izbrala Judit se je izkazala za terno.

Judit nas je namreč povabila v Klošter Banz (ki se nahaja nekje južno od Coburga). Kot lahko vidite po slikah, je izgledal ogromen že, ko smo se peljali proti njemu. Ko pa smo enkrat prišli do tja, smo si ga ogledovali z odprtimi usti. Dvorišče kloštra je bil lepo urejen in notranjost cerkve ti lahko vzame dih (cerkve nisem mogel poslikati, ker je bila prepoved fotografiranja, čeprav pa sem poskusil na skrivaj, vendar mi ni uspelo – kaj naj rečem, sem upornik proti nesmiselnim pravilom).

Na koncu koncev pa je zmagala majhna rdeča žoga, s katero sta se tamala igrala skoraj do onemoglosti.

Žogo sta nam podarila naša nova poljska prijatelja Filip (upam, da sem pravilno zapisal ime, sicer ga je pa njegova bodoča žena Paulina klicala Fifi) in Paulina. Filip, kot je bilo očitno, razpolaga z zelo veliko dodatne energije, ki jo je z veseljem porabil med igranjem z najinima otrokoma. Samo poglejte zgornjo sliko. Bilo je izjemno lepo videti otroka, ko se tako sproščeno igrata in vse kar smo rabili je Filip. Zato hvala ti Filip, verjetno bosta danes spala kot topa (ali pa se bosta celo noč zbujala zaradi podoživljanja igre).

»Daj jim iger in kruha pa te bodo imeli radi.« – sem prepričan, da sem to ukradel iz filma Gladiator (ampak verjetno je to izrekel kakšen rimski cesar, preden je izšel film J ) – in točno to smo dobili. Poleg igranja na pikniku smo dobili še odlično hrano v kloštru. Samo poglejte zgornje slike. Za nameček je Judit spekla torto za prste polizat (Mojca jih je dejansko polizala vse). Ker pa sem tudi moški na misiji, pivski misiji, sem imel priložnost poskusiti lokalno pivo Weismainer, v katerem je bila neka začimba, ki me še sedaj bega, vendar ga je vsekakor treba poskusiti, ko se boste basali v gostilni kloštra.

Judit, upam, da smo s svojo prisotnostjo naredili praznovanje tvojega rojstnega dneva vsaj malo bolj posebno, ker ti si nam dala popoln dan. Hvala ti za to.