The winter of 2013/2014 will be remembered for quite a while in Allgäu: at least until the end of February, there was hardly any snow worth mentioning, accompanied by very mild temperatures.
Considering that we’re used to six to seven months of constant snow here, this is really remarkable. The skiing industry is not so amused, but there is a very good side to this mild winter as well: our new buildings are growing by the hour! Quite the opposite of the break for weather that the builders planned on.
On some of the pictures it’s clear that there is far more snow across the Alpsee; the EC is literally on the sunny side of the lake. Almost every light snowfall at the EC is followed by enough sun to quickly melt it all away.
So not only is our gompa inside the barn progressing as planned, one wing of the new building has already risen to its final height – basement, ground floor and 1st floor. On some pictures you can already get a glimpse of the view of the villa you’ll have from the new building’s rooms.
Since the ground is not frozen at all, it was even possible for the excavators to dig really deep in the courtyard, right in front of the villa, in order to install some sewage pipes. Only two days later, the ground was smooth and level again.
Oh, and remember the brick-cleaning action last autumn, scrubbing each single one of the bricks from the old barn? Now they are already in their new place, gracing the walls in the entrance area of the Brasserie on the ground level of the “new/old” barn. Their surface will be treated a little bit more to get an even more beautiful, rustic look, restoring some of the old-barn-atmosphere to our new dining area.
So we hope you will enjoy these impressions of our growing Europe Center!