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[RC] Fwd: More Aachen moments - John Teeter

(note: the 10 day weather forecast for Aachen currently shows sunshine ... on 
the 21st! Rain/Showers cool weather till then - should be great for riding!!!)
It was a rainy day in Aachen. The riders were caught in a downpour/lightening 
and thunder. They huddled under trees till it passed, and the sun came out, 
then it rained again. It reminds me of home. The horses got a fair amount of 
exercise being put out and brought in from the paddocks, along with repeatedly 
being blanketed and unblanketed. I think a lot of people are looking forward to 
a hot bath this evening. Diane Woodward shopped for new long pants and even 
Downeaster (Maine) Stanley Downs was in a sweater today. But I was very 
impressed by Jennifer N. and Ruth W., who were still in their shorts, while I 
was chilly and bundled up in polar fleece and a raincoat. Those California 
girls are tough!
We had our first organizational meeting after lunch, led by Val and Suzanne 
Hayes. Then the riders explored the trail with Valerie, and the crews explored 
the holds with Larry Kanavy. The city of Aachen became less confusing when we 
realized street names change at every major intersection and the important 
roads are all circles around the city. Between thunderstorms one group of us 
checked out the local tack/feed stores and downtown Aachen.

Saturday was a fairly quiet day with only a little rain. We started with trot 
outs in the morning and checking out the away hold. Then there were tack shops 
to visit and WEG hirts to buy. The afternoon entertainment was the hordes of 
Dressage riders, some of them were superb, in the indoor. Tonight there was a 
food festival by the casino and the champagne flowed. We eve got to try an 
honest-to-goodness right-out-of-the-ground truffle! Christoph's mother and 
sister are here visiting and it was a lot of fun trying to comunicate through 
food. It worked and we were hugging and kissing by the end of the evening.

We are all staying at the Buschhauen Hotel, a smallish family run place, with 
the most amazing staff and ownership. They saw us walking by their booth at the 
food fair and whipped out a bunch of bottles of champagne and outrageous 
desserts of chocolate and strawberries and mint clouds. There was some guy all 
dressed in blue, including the face, on stilts wandering around the fair, along 
with mstly naked dancers and 25 or so drummers. Just another boring day in 



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