I have been looking forward to the couple’s conference since the last zone conference when we were told we would have another one. It was originally scheduled for the first of May until we discovered that all museums in Germany are closed that day (how do you entertain a bunch of old people without museums?). They changed the date and venue and we ended up in Salzburg on the 29th and 30th of May. Since dad had a high council meeting that Thursday (his last), and we had to be on a train very early we got permission to spend the night in Nürnberg. We drove there and found our hotel, Hotel One, which is very new and just a 5 minute walk from the Bahnhof. Then we picked up another couple who had arrived on the train from Schweinfurt. We drove to the stake center and dad went off to his meeting (without dinner) and then the rest of us went to a German restaurant down the street where I had sauerbraten, yum. We went back to the hotel by subway. Dad left the car at the church and came home after the meeting by subway later on (apparently that is the time that the less desirable types frequent the subway).
We had a fairly good night’s sleep but were up by 5 the next morning (I am an alarm clock). We had prepurchased breakfast at the hotel; it was very good, except no muesli and the eggs were hard-boiled. We were off to the train station where we met up with the other couple and were on our way. We had to take the slow train and had various tickets we had to buy since the cheap tickets, Bayern pass weren’t valid until after 9 am. We got to Munich and met up with other couples and found the train to Salzburg. There were five couples traveling together. The day was a little overcast, but not raining (yet). When we got to Salzburg we were met by the Rebers and Pres. and Sister Condie. After our greeting we organized ourselves into the four vehicles. We had two four passenger cars, a 6 passenger van and the “beast” a larger van that they use to transport suitcases to and from the airport.
We drove to the “Snooze Hotel” where we dropped off the luggage and then went on a wonderful tour of Salzburg led by the Rebers. We learned a lot about the city and only got rained on a little bit. We took lots of neat pictures and it seemed like the Festung (fortress) was in all of them. Sister Reber told us a story that is probably not true, but I like it so here it is. The Festung was never overtaken. Once, when there was a blockade the citizens decided to walk their one cow across the Festung so the enemy could see they still had livestock. During the night they painted the cow and walked it around the next morning, they repeated the painting and walking until their enemies decided that they would stop the blockade because they couldn’t out wait the city if they had that much food.
We had been given an assignment before we came to lead a discussion based in the scriptures regarding the Savior’s injunction to proclaim the gospel to the world. While we were traveling we asked the other couples what their assignments were and found out that we were the only ones to receive an assignment. That made us a little worried. What could that mean?
That evening we had a delicious meal with the best schnitzel I had ever eaten (which I plan on duplicating when I get home). We also drove to the mansion that was used for the movie “The Sound of Music”. I got lots of nice pictures which will make Lacy happy. That evening we entertained each other “Reber fashion” with skits in a bag. The skits had to be centered in our work. The ending activity was recounting miracles that had happened to us on our missions, and there were plenty of those. We went back to our hotel and gratefully fell into a deep and restful slumber.
- A view of the fortress from the city
- A cemetary with catacombs above
- The Sound of Music Fountain. It had been under wraps until this week.
- Two of the old people at the conference
- Sound of Music House.
- Our Dinner. The Restaurant/hotel owner is a church member. It is in Bad Reichenhall – near the salt mines.