We were invited by the captains of the pirate ship frequently sailing by the EC to exchange information and to get into closer contact. Approximately 35 sangha members were divided into two groups during the first two hours: one group went on board, the other stayed ashore.
On the one-hour cruise the captains told that they do their job without being paid. The boat itself is owned by the town of Immenstadt. The tourists often ask them about the Europe Center but the captains could not give any precise information so far. During the cruise on the lake we were able to give them more basic details about us, e.g. that we do not have a public café or a hotel – which is what people sometimes expect.
At the same time the second group received a guided tour through the recently built Alpseehaus near the harbour of Bühl. On the ground floor, the tourist information, a café, and a cheese-store have found their home, on the first floor there is an interactive, hands-on exhibition about the mountainous region with its geological, cultural and biological characteristics.
As the grand finale the barbeque party at the lake took place at the local sailing-club. Excellent food and drinks were enjoyed, interesting and open talks between the captains and Buddhists rounded off the day. As a result we can say: the Buddhists have found new friends who will come to the Europe Center for a return visit in fall and we are looking forward to it!