We had stayed long enough to have one more lunch at the gasthaus, our friends were all delighted with their thank you notes. We had one more visit with Melanie who we learned is actually from Denmark and only moved to Appenzell three years ago. She explained to us there is no crime here, really no crime. After seeing the way the culture deals with a physically dangerous sport and how violence is in no way involved, I believe that this could be a place with no crime. Though it looks like Melanie is about to assault Greg with this newspaper, I assure you that is just her playful nature shining through.
Finally we traveled onto Friedrichshafen am Bodensee. We let ourselves into our apartment with a key from the letterbox but our hosts Heidi and Günter both materialized later in the day, curious to hear about our travels and to make sure we were comfortable. After dinner, Greg and I enjoyed a long walk on the strand, looking out at the vast water of Bodensee, known in English as Lake Constance. Not a sea but a gigantic lake, the Germans treat this like the beach though, with bathing suits, swimming, sunning, and boats of every shape and size. The weather was perfect for a beach day for once. I finally felt the sun on my shoulders today and I think I actually uttered the phrase, “I'm hot!”
One more cultural mystery was revealed to us as we walked along the shore. We continued to see the teams of young people with wagons of booze, baby carriages of shots and treats and finally we were approached by a group of women all wearing matching shirts and one with a veil. They were a bridal party, and part of the bachelorette tradition is to sell you treats to get money for the honeymoon, while they drink, a lot. Now we know!
Back in the ‘burbs, we explored the neighborhood before dark. There are walking paths here that go out into pear and apple orchards along yet another river. We stumbled upon a block party hosted by the local lions club with very unique horn music. In our room this evening we cleaned out all of the travel bags in order to condense our gear down to our two backpacks and one day bag, as we turn the car in tomorrow and will be reduced to what we can carry on our backs once more.