Mystified by Mermaids

Überlingen fountain

I’ve already told you about the beauty we found in Überlingen but I don’t think I mentioned the fountain that is located near the boat landing off of the Bodensee. It’s an interesting fountain, for lack of a better word. Imagine mermaids—some of them old and…saggy—holding up a man on a horse with their tails. It’s bizarre and you can’t help but look at it and wonder why? It would be distracting to anyone and it was definitely distracting to Jeremy’s poor Grandmother.

Überlingen Mermaid Fountain

On her first day in Überlingen we were walking with her to get some lunch at our favorite bakery. She was staring at the fountain and wasn’t paying attention to where she was going and BAM—walked directly into a pole. A goose egg immediately popped up on her forehead. We sat her down, ironically, by the fountain, and let her have a minute. She immediately began laughing and we all started talking about the fountain and what it might mean. It was built in 1993 and is so drastically different than the rest of the town which is so beautifully rustic and aged. I digress.

Grandma in Überlingen

However, the real trouble came later, when her tooth fell out. I personally hate the dentist. I felt immensely bad for her having to go to one in a foreign country, where the dentist didn’t even speak her language. It makes me shudder just thinking about it as I write this. I would have been a nervous wreck, but she was a total trooper. Kudos to you, Grandma!

Überlingen fountain

They were able to fix her tooth and it just became a funny story. Little did we know that it would be the first of many unfortunate stories we would collect during our time in Europe.

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