Well, it’s only a day late. Yesterday started off a little crazy because we went to the German house party the night before. I woke up at 9 and needed to be downstairs at 9:30 for our trip to Baden-Baden… I made it around 9:45. It ended up working out because the train we needed arrived when we got to the platform. Needless to say, yesterday ended up being a very good day. When we got into Baden-Baden, we took a bus to the casino which is so much like Casino Royale. The whole city is like Beverly Hills with shops and expensive cars. We were hungry and stopped for lunch at a French bistro after visiting the casino during tourist hours. I had a fried egg skillet with ham and tomato, water and Jeff’s sour kraut. My brunch came out to be 9€ and the food was delicious.
We were not sure where the spa was and were just following people walking. There was this beautiful large white building but for some reason we didn’t picture that being the spa. Castavalla was amazing. We paid 31€: 15 for 3 hours and 6+10 deposit for a towel. The place is two stories. On the first story there are multiple pools and jacuzzis in and outside at different temperatures from 66-100C and then a brine steam room and aroma therapy room at 100% humidity. I loved the steam room. My skin felt great after sitting in it. The second story is all saunas ranging from 60-95C with different lights, music, scents and even outdoor log cabins. There had to have been at least 8 different saunas, a whirlpool, foot bath, and multiple mini cool down pools. At the end of the 3 hours it wasn’t even enough. I could have spent the whole day relaxing there. Leaving, we walked out and got gelato and walked the shops. I think our group is going to go back before the end of the trip.
Back in Karlsruhe we stopped at a Doner shop that was cheap and delicious- only 2.5€ for what would be a gyro at home and it was filling too. After that we went grocery shopping and back to the hostel to eat our free spatzle and schnitzel dinner too. We had some wine and went to the park at the palace to meet up with Chase, Tim, Julia and her friends. It was a beautiful day and evening. Since the park closes at 9 when it gets dark, we went on an adventure to the grocery store and were given free beer on the way out from some girls that did want it. We ended up hanging out at the park behind our hostel. I showed up late because I stayed and talked with Suki about our days. About 45 minutes after I got there, a large van pulls up and it was the police. I was so scared. My heart was beating so hard and I was ready to run in my skirt and flip flops. They came and were speaking German but seemed like they were confused and shining their lights all around the park. Turns out there was a noise complaint but we were not that loud and it was a small group of us just hanging out drinking these light mixed beers which it isn’t illegal to drink in public in Germany. We were wrapping up the night anyways because we were very tired. My nights sleep was very good. This morning we woke up around 8 to go to Black Forest but unfortunately the van was too small for our group so we are going to a monastery instead