Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

Yes, it is visiting season in Germany. Here I am with my best childhood friend from the small village of Hambach in northern Bavaria. She also reminded me that it had been her idea to post photos of all the beer balcony visitors on this blog.

We looked up the date of my first post on this topic – it was August 2013. This is post # 35.

With my best childhood friend, Bea, from McAllen, Texas

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

We had just come back from London, and my friend Il Jung and her husband stopped by to see us in Oberursel before heading to London themselves.

Within the past 17 years since she left Oberursel, we had seen each other once, which was on a stopover in Seoul while on my way to Japan in 2012.

We had met back in 1998 through the international school life in Oberursel, when she was only a 9th grader… These days, she is a famous jewelry designer and she’s also wearing one of her creations.

We had a good dinner at the Kronenhof in Bad Homburg, including the obligatory Haxen for Jun Hyuk. The rest of the evening we finished off on the Beer Balcony with many new and old stories to tell, much laughter, and promises to see each other again soon.

Well, I do plan on going to a friend’s wedding in Seoul in a few years’ time.

Il Jung Lee and Jun Hyuk from Seoul

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Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

Yesterday evening, I had one of my closest friends over. Come to think of it, this was only her second time to visit us. We usually go out together and rarely meet on home ground. Some working women like us are just not into entertaining at home.

Rhiannon did point out though that the wooden sign ‘Maria’s Beer Balcony’ needs a make over, because the beer glass is painted in black and hardly visible on the dark blue background. We looked at the ‘white foam’ floating downwards, which resembles more a tooth or a dripping cloud.

beer balcony

Rhiannon, originally from Wales

Yes, we had wine to toast to the arrival of a new baby in the family.

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

We had a spontaneous visit by two very dear friends to watch the soccer match Germany-Italy together at our home. Before the match started at 9pm, I got Peter to sit with me on the beer balcony.

Peter S on the beer balcony

Peter S., originally from a few places in the USA, now a German citizen

My, oh my, what an exciting soccer match this was! Italy and Germany both have very good teams. But in the end, it was down to nerve-wracking penalty shootouts. Italy played a strong game against Germany, the current world champions, but we finally lifted the spell and beat Italy for the first time in history.

Score: Germany – Italy 1:1 (1:1, 0:0) n.V., 6:5 i.E.

 n.V. = nach Verlängerung (overtime)

i.E. = im Elfmeterschießen (penalty shootouts)

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

My friend Debbie  has traveled the farthest for the beer balcony. She has come all the way from Lorne, Australia. In 1996, we first met here in Germany, and only again now – 20 years later. So we have quite a bit of catching up to do.

beer balcony with Debbie

Debbie J. from Lorne, Australia