We thought we would take the opportunity to go and do some sight seeing and get out for the day. Heading into Naila which is only 7 kms away was our first stop, its a quaint little town with a few shops and a cafe but definitely worth the walk around, if you like architecture then check out all the old buildings they are simply remarkable.
From there we headed into Hof, which is the larger town in the area, its 25kms (20 min) from Schwarzenbach an Wald and it was fantastic, so many shops and eateries it was fantastic, exactly what I needed to get a little cosmopolitan feel happening. They are more inclined to know English in Hof and are happy to have a little conversation or help you so don’t be afraid to ask if they speak English! Lunch was approaching fast and on the recommendation of Alex and Pat we decided to look for a place called the Gourmet Palast, its out of Hof so don’t be surprised, follow the signs to McDonalds, approx 1 km out of town, I was getting worried that we might not find it but there on the horizon the big M appeared and next to it was the restaurant. WOW is all i can say about this place, again they have wait staff that can speak English so don’t hesitate to ask! The food was amazing and plentiful an all you can eat buffet of Chinese delicacy! After eating just about everything I was not supposed to we rolled out of the restaurant and decided a nap before dinner was probably a good idea. For those of you that are interested in trying this place here is link to their website! www.gourmet–palast–hof.de
Today I noticed that the bottom of my foot was incredibly bruised and tender. I am assuming this is from all the digging around in the inside of my calf down to my ankle. It is sore, and apparently normal but it looks terrible and upset me but I guess we need to take all of this in and understand that our bodies are amazing organs that do what they need to!
Tonight was a planned catch up for all the girls that were having their ops with Dr Stutz, a little meet and greet! Dinner was booked at the Relaxa hotel a beautiful establishment in Bad Steben. This was our first trip into Bad Steben and I didn’t realise that it was a lot closer than I originally anticipated. The map can be a little deceiving, so don’t be afraid to get into the car and have a drive around. On arrival into Bad Steben we noticed that there were a lot of stalls and market type trailers littered all over the streets packed up, we found out that this was to be a lovely street market tomorrow which we decided to head to in the morning. The celebration was for May Day or the 1st day of spring. Well tonight was our first meeting with two couples, Nancy & Joe and Sandra & Scott. Dinner was fantastic the laughing and companionship was more than I can put into words. There is a real comfort taken with people who actually get what you are going through, not only with understanding of the condition but the pain and healing process of the surgeries themselves. The night ended quite late we were the last ones in the dining area of the hotel but it felt like we had been there for 5 mins. great night and great laughs.