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Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin July 1st 2006

Well, I'm here! So exhausted, I don't know how much I can write now. City has manz trees, maples and other types. The apartment is cute, huge, and a little funky--no oven or freezer! I took a little nap and then went out to buy food. I was so hungry and tired I could barely think straight and the whole thing was far more time consuming and stressful than it need have been. Daphne (the person I'm subletting from) has no clocks in the apartment, which is making me even more disoriented. I think it's probably close to 2 pm? I should reallz go over to where she said there is a mall and try to get a Wecker, as I think I recall alarm clocks are called. Maybe a little later--or maybe it can wait ... read more

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin July 1st 2006

Slept for 2 1/2 hours, then unpacked. Felt much better--ate tomato and cheese toast and took a shower, finished my book and drank a beer. Feel a bit more human. Now it is getting to be dusk. I still don't have a clock but imagine it must be around 9 pm. The living room looks out onto the street, there's a pretty white stucco building with a Spanish tile roof across the street. The back is basically just an alley, but full of trees--earlier I fell asleep listening to the sound of the leaves rustling in the wind. Tomorrow I will go an an adventure and eat a big lunch out somewhere, I think. I've been reading through my guidebooks, but I'm going to see how I feel and stake out a plan in the morning. ... read more

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin July 1st 2006

Greetings from Germany! I haven't had much of a chance to update, as the past couple days have been crazy! While crazy though, they have also been fantastic! I actually still don't have much time, so I'm just going to give you all some highlights of what has happened in the past couple days. As you probably read in my last entry, I was on my way to Belgium. We only spent a day in Brussels but it was absolutely great. It's a very beautiful, smaller city, and the people were very friendly there. Definately more friendly than the French, but that's not a very difficult task to accomplish. In Brussels, we went to a very famous bar called the Delirium Cafe. They have the Guiness World Record for the most beer offered in any one ... read more

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin July 1st 2006

I have honestly been so busy that i havent been able to update my blog. I am now at Susan and Gerhards house (relaxing) and i will now update you with all my happenings. (that which i can remember - haha) I planned to go to Prague after Amsterdam, but the train went via Berlin, so why not go there i thought. I had one train change over on the way and at that station I saw two boys with backpacks (the international symbol for backpackers) looking over their tickets and i overheard them discussing the same train changeover details. I asked them if they were going to Berlin and they were. So for the rest of the trip we ventured off working out the complicated train system together. Their names were Matt and Taylor and ... read more
Pub Crawl in Berlin
Soccer Fan
Fan Fest

Europe » Germany » Saxony » Dresden June 30th 2006

Dresden 9 years after our first visit to Dresden, we were both expecting to see some changes to the old East German city. The last time we visited, the city was still suffering from History, most notoriously a British 'visit' during the 2nd World War - much of the old town was somewhat shabby and in need of serious repair. Today, whilst some work continues, progress has been made, and the centre of the city is now the bustling tourist mecca it's history deserves. We were staying in a hostel in the Neustadt area of town, our relatives in the city not yet having found proper accomodation. The Neustadt is across the river from the historic centre, but retains a character very much of its own, reminding us of areas of east Berlin the way they ... read more

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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich June 30th 2006

For some reason couchsurfing's website was down and the couchsurfer I planned to stay with in Munich, according to the friend who picked up his phone, was still out of town. Therefore I had to resort to Hospitalityclub.org, a network somewhat like couchsurfing but not as vibrant and community-based, to find a place to say. However today I received a devastating surprise when visiting couchsurfing.com to see if anyone had left me any messages. Upon entering the website I was presented with this heartbreaking message: Dear CouchSurfers, Two days ago CouchSurfing experienced what could be described as the perfect storm. The database administrators we hired made two critical mistakes. First, we had a major, avoidable hard drive crash. Secondly, the incremental back-ups weren't executed in the correct manner, and twelve of our most important data files ... read more

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Stuttgart June 30th 2006

OK sorry for not posting earlier. It is difficult to get to working computers here, especially considering the amount of traveling we have been doing. The reason we are in this part of the world at this time is because the FIFA World Cup is on, so i feel i should cover this event while it is on. Being in Germany while the cup is on should be an amazing experience, and it is, but there are a couple of things which make it a little bit more difficult to fully get into it. The amount of train travel we have undertaken has caused us to miss some games (in periods quite a lot of games), back at home i would have seen more games and i would have seen all the games i wanted to ... read more
The Aussie Stairs
Pre Game 2
Pre Game 3

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Stuttgart June 30th 2006

We got to the stadium well before kick off. It was packed outside the stadium. We ended up going in with a while bunch of Aussies, the conversations involved how much we were going to pump Croatia, Aussie rules, and beer. We ended up getting into the stadium and went about finding our seats. We entered our bay and were walking down the stairs. As we walked down there was only Croatians on our left. I´m talking the whole bay was Croatians. On our right there was miscellaneous supporters, probably mostly neutrals. We walked all the way down the stairs and found our seats in the very first row of the top tier located along the lengthy side of the pitch in between the 18 yard box and half way. As you could probably guess, our ... read more
The Teams
Kick Off
Action Shot

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt June 30th 2006

After much anticipation, I am finally here!!! We are staying at the "Stay and Learn" Hostel located conviniently right next to the central train station (well, and depends on your interest, right next to the red light district as well). But its a great place... quite clean and quite well organized. We actually got a semi-private bathroom with our room too, and its surprisingly new as well. I must say, when we got here, we didn't really know what to expect or how to get around. And we didnt have to. Everywhere we go, if people see us with our maps and looking confused, we were offered help to get back onto the right track. Its great! However, I must confess I am still not sure how to get around here by train or bus... it ... read more

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt June 30th 2006

I had always wanted to make a return to a world cup match; my first, and to date, my only experience had been back in the summer of 1990, in Florence, Italy when the FIFA world cup came to town. 16 years later and here I am again! Frankfurt in Germany was the trip, and the visit of my friend Lee from the States was the reason. We had planned a trip from East Anglia, in England, across France, Germany and into Italy. Car problems and horrible traffic jams forced us to alter our plans, so we decided on staying in Germany at my other friends house, Mark, and see some of western Germany. Frankfurt was our main destination, and long walks through town during the day had revealed a lovely traditional German feel town. The ... read more
Fan Zone 2
Frankfurt
Frankfurt 2




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