Moving right along, today we spent almost the entire day in Mannheim. Before we left, we stopped by to see my great-grandmother again. My mom and I were washing the lunch dishes and I voiced my observation that everything in Germany is miniature sized. This, of course, does not apply to the people, the architecture, or even the water bottles. Yes, you can buy 1.5 liter water bottles, and in the grocery stores this is generally all you can find to buy in packs greater than one.
But, my mom made the most valid point I've ever heard. There are 81.89 million people in a country approximately the size of Ohio. Everything has to be smaller. Anyway, we had lunch there and then went off to get on the bus to Mannheim. My mom won a bet about the bus schedule so it was bound to be a good day.
These markets come once a year to some of the German towns. You can find some pretty awesome stuff, from handmade ornaments, to gluhwein, to cookies so big they need a string to hand around your neck. After visiting this one, I'm finally feeling in the Christmas spirit. Anyway, then we went off to go and find some dinner. We ended up having Kase Kuchen and apfelscholen. It was delicious. We also found some Roman things while we were exploring.
After wandering around another market in the city, we made our way back to the Baunhoff and went back to Schwetzingen. Now, we're relaxing and getting ready for bed. It's been a long day, but in a good way.