After some last minute shopping in Munich, we took a taxi to the train station where we caught a train to Marnau, and on to Oberamergau, the site of the Passion Play. This quaint little town set in the Alps has been putting on this play every 10 years since 1633, to give thanks for prayers answered. Of course the scenery is breathtaking and anticipation of the play is building. This morning after breakfast I purchased a wooden statue that I intend to place in a new grotto that Debbie and Darlene have created back at Ste. Anne's. I was fortunate enough to meet the carver, a very proud, nice, and very talented German man. Afterwards we took a short hike to see a statue of the crucifixtion that was given to the town by King Ludwig II in appreciation of their work on the Passion. Regardless of one's religious beliefs, the story of a man giving up his life for the sake of others is compelling one - hard not to be moved by such an act of selflessness. The play starts this afternoon at 2:30 and ends at 10:30 with a 2 hour break for supper. More on this later.