... I was away on a weekend not for pleasure & leisure, but for work. Well, not exactly work, but work-related: Earlier this month, I attended a conference for Data Protection Officers, which is what I do for a living (not attending conferences!).
In order to get there, I had to ride on three different trains. The journey went according to schedule, but took me 3 1/2 hours whereas by car, it is just under 2 hours. Never mind - I am used to it, and at least everything was on time!
The small town of Bad Windsheim (another "Bad" after my two posts about Bad Wimpfen!) is in Bavaria, not in my home state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. To be more precise, that part of Bavaria is Franconia. People there speak a different dialect than in other parts of Bavaria, and it prides itself on its unique culture and history (doesn't every region?).
Anyway. Bad Windsheim is picturesque, and I did get to see some of it on my way from the train station to the hotel and back on the next day. But it was very cold that weekend, so cold that it stopped me from going for a proper walk when I had about an hour's time between the end of the conference and my train.
The hotel was clean, the food was really good, and staff were friendly and helpful. My room had a definite 1980s-90s look and feel to it:
During the night, the pipe between the sink and the wall in my bathroom developed a leak. When I went to the bathroom the next morning, I found about 1/3 of the floor under water! Good job my room was laid out for two people but occupied only by me - I had plenty of towels which I used to keep the water in check until I was ready to go downstairs for breakfast (and the second part of the conference) and could tell the lady at reception about the leaking pipe.
From my window on the 4th floor, I saw this:
The statue next to the church is "Roland". He was put there as a war memorial (for those who died in WWI) in 1928 and is 8 m high. I looked at him again at night before I went to bed and am sure he silently walks the old streets of his town in the dark.
The conference was interesting and conversation during the intervals and at meals was good. I arrived back home around late on Saturday evening, glad all three trains had, once again, been on time for the trip back.