A couple of weekends ago, Hannes and I went on a little getaway to the state of Mecklenburg to celebrate our birthdays and Christmas. Our destination was a Schloss*-turned-Wellness Hotel in the middle of nowhere, two hours from Berlin. The idea was to have a little bit of low-key nature plus spa time, and that we definitely got. The hotel was way fancier than our usual utilitarian standard, and we never would've chosen it if we were going somewhere where there were actually other things to do, but for this type of weekend it was a nice splurge. We hung out at the pool and sauna area, took a long walk, ate good food and drank good wine. Now we're all rested so we can take on some more challenging adventures. :)
*If you are ever a tourist in Germany, one of the words you are sure to learn (along with Bier) is Schloss, which means castle, but which can also mean manor house. These manor-house type Schloss's (Schlösser if you want to get fancy with your German) are abundant in the countryside, because back in the day there were a lot of kings and they all had their summer hunting residences. We stayed at Schloss Basthorst near Schwerin, which used to be one such place.