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Posts from the “Travels” Category

The Waiting

Posted on May 25, 2012

Chances are if there’s a zoo in a 30 mile radius, the requests will begin. “Hamburg has a zoo, you know … We should visit the zoo … Maybe Thursday we can go to the zoo.” And so we did. I honestly thought this would have faded with time, this fascination with all things zoological. But then again, Jordan was the only one to correctly identify the sturgeon on the television last night, so I don’t think the animal love is going anywhere, anytime soon. So … I’ve never been to a zoo where you can buy bag of food to feed the elephants. Or where you can sit on a bench and have the muntjacs come up for a little handout. Or where…

Zoo Station*

Posted on May 24, 2012

Part of the beauty of renting a flat for the week is having some place to bum around when you don’t want to walk another step. Some place to read quietly. Some place to goof off with your kids. Some place to cook dinner and share a family dinner. Some place to pretend you’re all sitting around your own living room cracking up over stupid shit. Some place to call home. * And I totally didn’t get Dave’s reference in Berlin that we could take the U2 to the zoo station … which is bad when you have insisted on naming your oldest child after Bono’s oldest child.

Riding On the Metro

Posted on May 23, 2012

I’m a child of the ’80s, no questions about it. Dave and I will frequently stop on the ’80s channel and try and identify the song playing in the least amount of time. Think “I Can Name That Tune” only with two hyper competitive people who don’t follow the rules. So, that being said, yesterday we spent the day in Berlin (ahhhh … big fan of the song). We took the train from Hamburg Hbf to Berlin Hbf kinda on a wing and a prayer. Dave and I have been doing this long enough that we figure it out as we go. Tear out a chunk of the guide book. Make a few notes on my cellphone. Just go. In Berlin, we decided to…

Sooner or Later

Posted on May 22, 2012

On the recommendation of a friend, we visited Miniature Wunderland in the harbor area of Hamburg. Not knowing what to expect other than a shit load of trains, I gotta say it’s pretty impressive. And the attention to detail and the creativity blew me away. The funniest part? The German fascination to sex outdoors or nudity in general. But then again, that was half the fun … looking for the people “doing it.” That and the cows snorkeling. Off to Berlin today on the ICE. Should be fun but makes for a long day.

Parachutes

Posted on May 21, 2012

Because we were planning on staying in Hamburg for a week or so, Dave and I decided to rent a flat. The cost per night for a hotel was pretty steep, and by comparison, a flat was about the same, maybe a little less when you throw in access to a kitchen. Things you aren’t prepared for: – doors that stick or won’t unlock. It took four of us get in last night. I had visions of sleeping on the street. – daylight that extends well past the hour of sleep. Hotel = blackout curtains. Flat = not so much. – different places for your bowls and such. Not a biggie, but when your looking for a wine glass and you find a soup…