Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

In late October, I got an email from one of my friends in the States. Her son, who also happened to be our son’s former playmate at FIS (Frankfurt International School) many years ago, was coming to Oberursel on a business trip.

Of course, we managed a friendly get-together on the Beer Balcony. Can’t leave town without a pit stop here. It was fun having you here, Seth.

Seth in Oberursel

I’ve decided to let my Beer Balcony get taken over by vines. Time for a change. But our spirits remain the same.

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

My travel companion, Rhiannon, now from Malmö, Sweden, stopped by in Oberursel on her way to Italy. We enjoyed our little reunion on the Beer Balcony.

Our next trip will take us to Cyprus in November this year. That is, if the world is okay with that. We shall see.

Rhiannon, originally from Wales, now living in Malmö, Sweden

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

I have started to decorate the beer balcony with more wine-related decorative items. One of them is an actual vine which I have growing behind the bench.

The change has happened gradually, and there are several reasons for this. Sunny and warm evenings, when you long for a cold beer, are becoming rarer. We have had a miserable summer so far (on the most part).

Our visiting friends are getting older as well, and we tend to drink wine instead of beer, which is less in volume. This is especially helpful, when you have to drag your drinkables 56 steps up the stairs.

Beer Balcony in Germany

Brother-in-law Rich on a visit here from Paris for a few days.

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

Visitors have become such a rare sight during the Covid pandemic. Bryne, our neighbor and a fellow teacher at FIS, stopped by this afternoon.

I am still trying to get rid of the Schnaps I inherited from my family home (and other sources), so I lightened our load by having one with him. And yes, we had a beer before that.

Bryne from Hull, England

We all have been vaccinated, and do not take science and its findings for granted. Protocol can change rather quickly. But a bit of companionship goes a long way.

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

When all fails, because the Corona pandemic still has a grip on us, then I can rely on my adult children to become the only Beer Balcony visitors during that time. Son Thomas from London visited us during the winter 2020/2021.

Now it is our daughter’s turn to come and visit from Florida after a two-year absence.

Here we enjoyed a Radler (a mix of lemonade and beer) during halftime of the European Cup.

Margo from Tallahassee, FL

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