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I woke up shortly after... Well I don't after when. This time it was not my bladder that got me out of bed, but something a bit more urgent and a lot less negotiable.
The digestive Chernobyl that followed forced me to leave the room in search of something that resembled fresh air. I felt awful. The head was alright, but my stomach felt as if it was floating in a mix of ink and burnt frying oil. Nothing that a good dönner kebab, an espresso and a cold beer couldn't sort out.
At ten we left the hotel, put our bags in the bus and went for lunch. Daša had arranged for us a visit to Brauerei Kraus, in Hirschaid. It turned out to be a very pretty place. The brewery itself had nothing remarkable about it, but the complex that surrounded it did. It included a place for private parties, a beautiful beergarten, a hotel and a restaurant.
Kraus's restaurant has a very good reputation in Hirscheid and its surroundings and if it hadn't been for Daša, it would have been more than impossible to get a table. Our friend, because by then she was already one more of the group, talked to Mrs. Kraus and convinced her to let us seat at the stammgäste table, quite an honour.
The restaurant is very nice, with everything you imagine a rural German restaurant can be, and then some, a lot of wood, hunting trophies, etc. etc. There was even a chandelier made with antlers.
Some of the group went straight to the Kellerwald, but I and a few others chose to do some sightseeing in the town, which is very pretty. Even though it isn't a very touristy town, everything is very well taken care of, it seems people enjoy living there, and why wouldn't they?
We wanted to visit Eichorn and Neder, but at the stübe of the former there was a private party, and the latter's was closed during the Annafest. We had no other choice than going to Hebendanz, which is right next door to Neder, which in turn basically around the corner from Eichorn. Amazing, a town of 30,000 people that has three breweries in the centre.
We didn't linger there for too long. We finished our beers and went to the Annafest, to Greif's Keller, where we had a farewell Maß (well, two), while enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere of the Kellerwald for one last time.
It was a truly memorable weekend, I hadn't had so much fun in quite some time. I hope I can do something like this again soon. Thanks, Pavel, thank you very much.
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