Austria-Europe Trip – Sunday, April 3, 2016

Guten morgen! Yesterday was a beautiful day here at Haus Edelweiss. It started out quite chilly (38 degrees) but finally got up to around 60 degrees and sunny in the afternoon. We are doing a lot of work here and keeping very busy. I think that on average we put in a minimum of 12 hours per day. 

Yesterday, the grounds/maintenance team moved indoors to do some work on the facilities. Most of the guys, including Craig Yates and Steve Humkey, worked on cutting and laying tile in one of the buildings they are renovating. In the morning, myself and another gentleman worked preparing hand-rails for the four sets of stairs they have in the building. In the afternoon, I was assigned the task of to work on several doors that were out of alignment and therefore wouldn’t open or close properly.

After dinner, we walked to the Stift Heiligenkreuz monastery in the nearby village to attend vesper services. It was quite an experience. The monks chanted the entire service in Latin (some in German). We couldn’t understand a word they said but it was beautifully done and we enjoyed it. Afterwards, we had dessert and coffee at the monastary’s Gast (Guest) house.

Today (April 3), is our “off” day. We will attend worship services here on the campus at 10:30 am and then after lunch travel a short distance to the city of Baden, Austria to do some site seeing. This city is where Beethoven wrote his 9th symphony. Also, Schubert, Strauss, and Mozart spent time in Baden writing some of their music. The city of Baden was founded by the Romans and is known for their hot springs. After dinner this evening we will have a campfire and time of worship on the hill behind the school.

Well, that’s my report for today. More to follow from Haus Edelweiss tomorrow. Blessings!

Auf weiderschen!

Fred

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