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Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt September 11th 2012

Note: This post was written on a plane somewhere between Frankfurt and Bangalore. More on Bangalore and SB later :-D I have this tendency to read my horoscope in the newspaper. Not because I’m deeply connected to that stuff, but more out of a general interest in what some stranger has to say about me. (For those who are interested, I’m a Taurus, which means I’m stubborn and vain. Go figure.) If it were confession time, I’d tell you that at the state fair this year, I even laid down two dollars (and a dollar-off coupon) to have my signature analyzed against my horoscope. But it isn’t confession time, so you didn’t read that on my blog. In any case, I picked up the newspaper on September 10, 2012, the morning of my departure, ... read more

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt September 11th 2012

ASTEP = Artists Striving to End Poverty ASTEP is a program dedicated to bringing the arts to disadvantaged children throughout the world. They have programs in India, Africa, New York, and Florida. Each program is a little different, with different partners and different target groups. Whatever the target population, though, ASTEP’s belief is that children can gain important life skills through the arts, and that these life skills are especially valuable for students who were born into an impoverished situation. TGF = The George Foundation TGF was started by a man named Abraham George. In short, he spent his early years in India, became very successful in America, and upon a return trip to India realized that he wanted to help the rural people in some way. He has several non-profit projects in the rural areas ... read more

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt July 10th 2012

We took photos and said our goodbyes to our friends at home base after lunch. We said goodbye to Kilimanjaro on our way to the airport but once airborne we flew directly in front of the mountain. We know two people who are climbing now so it was fun to imagine them hiking up as we flew past. My seat mate was a young man going to school in Dubai who had just summated Kili. It was a much tougher endeavor than he had imagined. His climbing companion had to turn back and go down so my seat mate summated with his guide. Last week someone died of altitude sickness below base camp. Our guides on the coffee tours said people die every year because they don’t pay attention to the early symptoms of altitude sickness. ... read more

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt July 3rd 2012

Well the adventure has begun! We arrived at Calgary Airport still nervous about whether they were 'really' going to take our Trike whole. We were just thrilled when the Air Transat fellow walked up to us and said, "so there is the infamous trike"! Air Transat was just fantastic, they welcomed us, chatted with us, reassured us that they were prepped for the trike and readily checked us in via the First Class line up! (It was a straight roll in for the Trike). It was quick and painless in the end. Our bags weighed in at 26 & 33 pounds & then about 6 pounds carry on. It all fits great on the trike and we don't expect any issues around this part of the trip. We are now happily sitting in the Chinook Lounge ... read more

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt June 22nd 2012

Lufthansa 690, 451. Los Angeles, CA to Tel Aviv, Israel with an 8 hour layover in Frankfurt. Of course I would not stay all 8 hours in Frankfurt International, that'd be a terrible waste. So I got out of the airport and took a train to the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (main train station) where I branched out from there. Just a dull comment, the Frankfurt train public transporation puts the greater LA system to shame, but I mean, which city doesn't right? From the HBF, I walked to a pub with an over-friendly German lady who offered me a beer at 4PM, which I declined, and had a little lunch of sausage and potato salad. A train ride later, I was at one of Frankfurt's famous Cathderals, called the "Dom". Astounded by its granduer, I alter also ... read more
The HBF
My German Lunch
One of the Doors to the Dom

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Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt April 25th 2012

Josh and I (Paul) have decided to have a boys week (or so) in Europe. I recently bought a new car and the opportunity presented itself to pick it up at the Porsche factory in Stuttgart. It seemed like an ideal opportunity for a road trip. We plan to pick up the car and drive it on the roads it was built for - the german autobahn. We will ultimately hook up with a Porsche group on an organized driving tour of the south of Germany. Ever once and a while, I expect, we will stop to check out the local environs. We started off our trip on an early evening flight from Toronto. An unexpected upgrade to business class had josh thrilled. This is the first time he has flown in the rarified air at ... read more
Gaylords In Frankfurt
Train Delays in Germany

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt March 14th 2012

In my research I have read that the best parts of Frankfurt are not in the city centre but rather in the surrounding neighbourhoods. This is interesting considering that most of the time the action occurs right in the middle of the city. On this day I want to explore the hustle and bustle of the "outskirts" of Frankfurt. Sachsenhausen-this is apparently a very happening neighbourhood with many shops, cafes, pubs and mansions. I think it will be interesting to encounter a residential neighbourhood that also exists as a popular tourist area. I also think this will be a good opportunity to directly connect to the locals and taste local food. Cathedral of St. Bartholomew- A free tour located in Frankfurt of a beautful structure. I am mesmerized by the architecture involved in old Churches. I ... read more
St. Bartholomaus

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt March 13th 2012

On this day we will begin our tour of Frankfurt. Much like Berlin, Frankfurt has lots of history to explore and therefore many attractions to view. On the list of things to do today: Frankfurt Main Tower: It is one of the highest buildings in Frankfurt at 200metres. One is able to walk or take an elevator up to the top and have a complete view of Frankfurt. Although I am slightly afraid of heights I feel like this is perfect to conquer that fear and I figure I am in Frankfurt I may never get this opportunity again! I mean that's what traveling is all about; doing things you wouldn't normally do. (4.6 Euros) The English Theatre- the play "Rain Man" will be showing at this theatre at night. It is in English so language ... read more

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt February 29th 2012

und hier meine Ankunft direkt am Ausgang. Ich war so erfreut, daß neben meiner Familie und Schwager Andre, auch Kai, Daniel und Happy mich in Empfang genommen haben. Danke nochmal an Euch alle. Nach ca. 35 Std. Rückreise war ich da doch etwas überfordert, aber gefreut habe ich mich riesig.... read more

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt January 20th 2012

Why Hello All! Ok, well, first there is a correction to where it says the blog is coming from. Unfortunately, I guess Münster is too small to register on the blog site, so I am not actually in Frankfurt, but Münster is about a half-an-hour or so away. First I must say that while it is faster, we really must stop calling them “the triplets.” “Triplets” implies three siblings born at the same time, these kids appear to be all different ages! Oliver is the oldest by two minutes and also the biggest. He is nearly as tall as Iris and his voice is even pretty deep already. Suspected actual age: 14. Sabrina actually looks her age, which is three months short of 13. She is into everything; swimming, horseback riding, dancing, art, violin, school, plus ... read more
Riding!
Oliver the Archer!
Oliver's Target is the one on the right...




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