Monday, November 29, 2010

There and Back Again

It was a snowy (Austrian-American) Thanksgiving for the Harolds.  The German Harolds traveled to Gaming, Austria to visit the Austria Harolds.  Philip and Rachel enjoyed revisiting the campus after an 11 year hiatus.  Mom and Dad Harold are living in a comfortable apartment literally right next to the chapel.  They provided ALL the meals for our large family the entire time we stayed, also they secured a very comfortable apartment for us to occupy.  Many thanks to Mom and Dad Harold!

Also while in Gaming we got to reconnect with some old friends and meet new ones!  In particular we enjoyed meeting a British family with six kids, who very sportingly took Edy and Max sledding one afternoon while we were there.  Also of note was the wife of the Theology professor, who gracefully welcomed us for tea time into her beautiful home.  The Student Life Director and his wife directed us to the Stations of the Cross on the mountain side behind their home after serving us beer and homemade muffins!  The children really enjoyed playing with their two cutie-pie boys.  Max's favorite was the little sister of Rachel's former roommate, who is studying in Gaming this semester.  Max said, "Rosemary is my favorite woman.  I like her voice.  She is silly."

The highlight of our trip was by far the raucous Thanksgiving dinner in the Mensa.  Imagine, if you will, 170 college students, dressed in Bavarian garb, sitting shoulder to shoulder in the dark while a 30 pound roasted turkey is carried into the room, glowing from sparkling firecrackers, to the salute of everyone singing the U.S. National Anthem.  Patriotism rose high in the chest of all there.  After all the wine was finished there were groups of young men lingering who were moved to sing Christmas carols, one of which was directed by Dr. Jim Harold, accompanied by the direction of Max Harold.

Other Gaming experiences include many trips to "The Spar", the Adventmarkt, Edy and Katie bringing up the gifts together at Mass, and Rachel having "the usual" at the Johannastueberl (martini), and of course skyping with Rachel's family on Thanksgiving.

Edy's new boots


  1. all of your photos just warm my heart!! Kevin and i were in Austria Fall 2000 - TEN years ago!! It is so wonderful to see Gaming again.
    oh, and was that Phil TEACHING a class in gaming?? awesome! bet you never imagined THAT 11 years ago!!

  2. Adrien, ten years? Does it seem that long? I took a lot of those pictures with you in mind. I told Phil that I kept waiting for a "rush of memories" to come back, and it finally did...when I was in the Spar! :D p.s. Phil gave a "guest lecture" while there, and his Dad introduced him, a neat experience to be there!