The first days of Santhmoot were over and while Aran and Rayne had already
left and Fluffy was also already preparing his departure, a bunch of new
Santharians made it to Talia's home. Our next guests were Artemis (UK),
horse-fanatic and mighty Queen of the continent of Aeruillin, master-artist
Faugar (Poland) and Dalá'Valannía (Singapore), one of the first Santharian
members ever and famous especially for her Katya Dragonseeker stories or her
entertaining Letters of an Erpheronian Noblewoman. More members would arrive
now daily and Talia's house turned bit by bit into a chaos area. But at the
same time the fun increased of getting to know all the various faces behind
the Forum posts.
Artemis, Fluffy, Talia and Artimidor had already visited Munich on a
day-long trip, but unfortunately they failed to take their camera with them
(pictures of another Munich trip will come later!). The next city therefore
should be conquered with this evidence producing important tool in hand!
This time armed with the proper equipment the group therefore moved out to
set a foot on Austria, on Salzburg, to be precise, once home of the famous
composer Austrian Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and now mainly a place to buy
Mozartkugeln (which does NOT translate properly to "Mozart's balls"!) at
every corner. A walk through the inner town including the well-known
Getreidegasse, a visit to the fortress Feste Hohensalzburg and the Salzburg
Cathedral were part of the invasion plan.
Having just returned from Salzburg another arrival was to be celebrated:
Gean Firefeet, our accordeon master, from the Netherlands, finally joined
the rest of the group! Together with him Artimidor, Faugar, Dalá and Aran
set out to pay Munich another visit, while Talia took Artemis to another
riding opportunity, and this time we had the camera with us at both events!
Munich was rainy this day, but we had a nice day in the center of the town
and in the Residenz of Munich, once home of Dukes, Electors and Kings, a
castle with 130 pompuously decorated rooms and a huge treasury to gaze at.
Enjoy the stroll through Munich with us!
Now that we had already seven Santharians in one place at the same time (but
still more to arrive!), it was time for a grand Bavarian tour... With Talia
as guide a long day lay in front of us with lots of things to discover! Like
for example the falconers' show at the Falkenhof of Castle Rosenburg, the
stalactite cave at the Schulerloch, the Freedom Hall near Kelheim. Then we
travelled via ship on the Danube to the monastery Weltenburg harbouring a
famous brewery with typical Bavarian beer and finally visited the remnants
of the Roman castle Abusina in the Altmühltal, built in the year 80 before
Christ. We had a lot of fun together I can assure you, even though our feet
were pretty tired at the end of the day!
Santhmoot is already slowly nearing its end, but in the last days three more
newcomers join the team: Thuja, arriving from Switzerland, and Bard Judith
and her sister Alysse from Canada! During another walk through the town of
Landshut we got some presents for our great host, Talia, then decided to try
our hands on a joined pizza producing operation, followed by vivid
discussions on Santharian topics. Inspired by the success of our cooking
abilities, we brewed another meal in the cauldron over a fireplace on the
next day and had lots of fun together in the process. Whenever there was
time our musicians Aran, Gean, Judy and Alysse made sure to entertain us
accustically while Judy's self-made
"Game of Four Houses"
card game (based on pictures made by our artists) was tested extensively for
playability. - What more can I say? I wish we would have had just a few more days together
in this constellation!
The final days of Santhmoot 2005 were still filled with action - be it with
photo shootings in Talia's garden, watching another medieval music
performance at the Landshuter Hochzeit (it was quite rainy that day, though)
or eating and drinking Bavarian specialities, and a last group of us watched
the jousting tournament. Finally on Saturday we had another big dinner we
all enjoyed greatly. This time we were a bunch more Santharians than the
first time, so we also held a Bardic Circle the last night, singing songs
and telling tales, to finally seperate on Sunday. But we didn't leave
without making further plans for more Santharian meetings to come...