Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tripsdrill Amusement Park - Spring Break

The second day we were at Kerstin's neck of the woods for Spring Break, she suggested we go to Tripsdrill, an amusement park near Stuttgart.  I was surprised because I had never heard of this amusement park before. It's only about 2 hours from our house and I would have thought that the Youth Center and Child Centers would utilize this gem during the summer.  

The park was geared, at least I felt, more towards young kids, however the girls had fun on the rides they had as well. They did have 2 roller coasters and a water ride that were pretty fast.  We didn't do the water ride as it was a little cold toward the end of our trip.  We really had a blast here: the lines weren't long and there was so much for Spencer and the girls to do.   Thank you Kerstin for introducing us.  We'll be going back soon!

This place had the funniest themed rides.  The whole theme park was decorated in the Swabian culture. From what Kerstin could describe, they would be those from the Bavarian country who have a thick accent, and who are mostly farmers.  There are lots of stereotypes of them, but the only thing I could liken it to would be what we consider "Rednecks."  It was so fun though because they had the huge Maypole (you can see above), funny pig themed rides, a whole little "Marriage Village" that had little funny "wives' tales" about how babies were born (in a well), etc. Kerstin, HELP ME WITH THIS! :) I need to update this but I don't know how to describe it. I'll change this once I hear from her. She's going on an amazing trip to the North Sea soon so I may not hear from her for awhile. Just take my word for it, it was a super good time.

This was Spencer's absolute favorite ride. We couldn't get him off of it and it was the first ride we had gone to. We hadn't even explored the rest of the park.  He made the three of us adults go on it at least 5 or 6 times and was really upset when we wanted to move on.

He even got Kerstin to go (although she was his favorite at that point).  I included this picture because later on she told me she is as scared of heights as I am, if not a little more.  This incline was making her nervous even and she had to think "If a 3-year-old can do this and not be scared, then so can I."  Kerstin, I say this in jest, I think it's cute!  Now I have a "fear of heights" friend.

The girls weren't allowed to take Spencer. I was so bummed cuz they're usually the ones that help take him on stuff when I get tired of it.  :) And they LOVE taking him on stuff.  
Soon they got bored of going on this ride, though, so they moved on to nearby rides while Spencer kept riding this one. :)

I tell you, their rides were so amazing.  This one was like the spinning teacups but you don't move them. They go along the track and start spinning at certain points.

Spencer LOVED it!

Ya, you see pigs a lot here. I was quite confused. I guess I should have asked Kerstin. I didn't want to seem like I thought it was weird, I have been just kind of wondering.  When she had sent me a list of things to do around Stuttgart, one was a Schwein museum, which is the word for pig.  I was wondering why they had things like that. You see pigs a lot as mascots or as logos on parade floats, etc.  I just learned the other day from a woman at the antique store that pigs are seen as good luck in Germany.  That's all I know.  Kerstin? :)

Cute girls waiting in line at the big roller coaster. :)

Surprisingly Spencer could go on this.  I can't remember exactly but I think he was okay at first, but he didn't want to go again.  haha.

This was the big roller coaster.  Can you see us at the bottom of the screen?  

We laughed so hard riding these bikes. At first glance, they look normal, but look at the spokes.  They're off center.  So it's really hard to ride. Once you get the hang of it all you can do is laugh or focus. Doing both at the same time makes you laugh even harder. :)

I just loved that even the same rides we have in America were not inside fairy-tale animals like we usually have, but shoes, barrels and beer steins.

This one went forward, then backward.  It kept going for a long time and made me sick after about 2 rides. The girls kept going. I was amazed. I would let you see the video, which is really funny of Spencer and the girls, but of course I don't look good in it so we have to keep that one under wraps. Just know that Spencer was doing the "baby can't breathe when someone blows in their face" and then laughing and then being squished over to me and laughing really hard.

This was like the spinning teacups, but in a barrel

One of the reasons I love Germany is how much they recycle and take care of their environment.  This was a dirty cup sorter.  It helped them recycle the cups, as well as save space in the trash.  All us catering families how much room it takes up in a trash can when single cups are thrown in.  This is genius!  What you can't see is that down at the bottom were a bunch of used cups all stacked nice and neatly. Then someone must come and opened the case and pulled them all out.  Genius! This was right next to where we sat for lunch.  Kerstin and Christof had packed up a bunch of sandwich stuff (not American style, but German style of course with amazing baguettes "brötchen" from the local bakery, sliced meats and cheeses), vegetables, treats, etc. for us to eat there. It was genius. All we did was have to buy drinks (they had those too, though) and some fries (cuz Germany fries are pretty amazing).  It was such a perfect lunch.

Getting ready for the big roller coaster again! :)

The line wasn't THAT long but we did get bored at one point. If you know my family, we have perfected the "fat face" picture.  We all took them but I WILL NEVER post mine.  I have already swiftly deleted them.  haha.  But this at least gives evidence of it.

The water ride behind us.

They also had a little goat and duck petting zoo.  We were all surprised when Spencer, a kid who hates to get his hands dirty and try new things, went straight in and started walking amongst the goats.  He didn't touch them with his bare hands, of course, but  he used these cool brushes. I wish I would have gotten a video of Xanthe trying to get food out of the little machine (like a candy machine) and the goat pretty much attacking her out of the way so he could stick his face straight into the hole and lick it all out.  Greedy goats!  haha.  Listen to their Mehhhing.  I started to imitate it by sticking my tongue straight out and making the worst face.  It works. I sounded almost like them. Brian laughingly told me not to do it anymore.  hahaha.

Xanthe feeding the fish while Brian, Xoe and Spencer went around on the boat that had the shooting water gun out the back.  Another one of spencer's rides that he did NOT want to get off of.

I love this picture even though spencer hates posing for pictures now.

This was a really funny moving sidewalk.  It was pretty difficult to maneuver and another thing we laughed at while trying to not look stupid at the same time.

That night we went back to Kerstin and Christof's place for the most amazing make-your-own pizza.  They made homemade crust and all the fixings.  I thought I took pictures but can't find them anywhere.  Hmmm.

We had such a great day and were sad we had to leave the next day.  We did hit up the Go-Kart place though.  Stay tuned for that. :)

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