It was pouring down rain when we arrived in Germany. After a long 12 hour flight my family was exhausted, so my brother and I slept along the way to our temporary [[apartment->Apartment]]. Our temporary apartment was located in Patrick Henry Village (PHV) right inside the army post. There were two bedrooms, a little hallway that had a sink in it, and a bathroom. Pretty small. We lived off a lot of ramen noodles during those first couple of weeks. Right across the street from our apartment there was a skate park and a HUGE playground. I loved that playground with my life, it was like a [[castle-> Schloss Heidelberg]]. There was even an [[ice cream truck->Ice Cream]] that went around PHV, So we literally ate a bunch of ramen and Ice cream... Eventually we moved off the post into a [[German town->St.Leon]] and ate real food."Schloss" in English means Castle, and the Heidelberg Castle was absolutely beautiful. It rests on top of a hill in the middle of old town Heidelberg. You could walk down the old cobble stone roads in the middle of the town eating an [[ice cream->Ice Cream]], look up and there it was. I used to pass it every day going to school. It felt like a dream on beautiful days. Ice cream was a delicacy in Germany. I used to ride my bike down the [[bike path->Bikes]] to get to an ice cream parlor that would blow your mind! They had all these creative/fancy sundaes on their menu it was definitely worth the 25 minute bike ride there. One of the sundaes was called "Spaghetti Eis" (Spaghetti Ice Cream) which is vanilla ice cream put in a little machine that makes it look like noodles, then they put a strawberry topping, and to top it off coconut shavings for the parmesan look. I've never had ice cream like the ice cream in Germany.We lived in St.Leon for the remainder of our time in Germany. We lived there for about 3 years. Out of all of the areas I have lived in, this one is my favorite. We were engulfed in [[German Culture->School]], our neighbors were German, and we made quite a few friends in the neighborhood! Some who I am still connected to today. In our neighborhood we had tons of [[bike paths->Bikes]], they were absolutely gorgeous. When I was rollerblading, I would love to see all of the wheat fields and rows of corn that surrounded me. It really made being active enjoyable.My brother and I were enrolled in German school only about 3 days after we got to Germany. Luckily, my teacher really liked us. Otherwise I don't think we would have survived.Being around people that only spoke German really boosted how fast we learned the language. We actually had a few american friends that went to school with us too, so it kinda balanced the language separation. Another cool fact is that German schools don't have school buses. So Kids my age would either be picked up, ride their [[bikes->Bikes]], or use the [[transportation system-> Buses, Street Trains, and Trains.Oh My!]].Everyone rode bikes. When I say everyone, I mean EVERYONE. Toddlers to 70 year olds. Old people were scarily healthy, and most of them smoked! It was odd... But anyways! Bikes. People didn't drive cars unless they needed to. Especially young people. You couldn't get your drivers license until you were 18 years old and you had to pay a bunch of money on top of that. So most people my age used bikes or the public [[transportation system-> Buses, Street Trains, and Trains.Oh My!]] to get to [[school->School]] or work. My brother and I really took advantage of the transportation system. My dad couldn't take us to school every morning to we took a train instead. When my brother and I started going to different schools, I actually took a train, a street train and a bus!My brother was 7 years old at the time and I was 9.