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Europe » Germany » Bavaria September 15th 2010

Avid readers of Bagelmonkeys' adventures will know that our final destination in our trek to the Olde Country was to visit Munich. Our plane landed in Frankfurt, which is more than a hop or a skip away. Train travel, here we come! I love trains. My grandpa worked for a railroad so I have always enjoyed trains and train travel. It's a lovely way to get from point "A" to point "B." We were exhausted from our extensive travels thus far. The lovely rhythm of the metal wheels on steel tracks was a lullaby to my tired brain and body. I tried reading but my lids were too heavy to stay open. We were seated at a table so I curled my arms around my book, rested my head, and dozed off. I awoke a couple ... read more

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt September 15th 2010

We were only in the airport and the train station in Frankfurt. The airport seemed nice enough, if not still a little smoky--there were designated Camel Smoking Stations (fishbowl glass enclosures) for smokers but I suspect the smoke was wafting out into non-smoking areas. To get from the airport to the train station we took a bright yellow double-length shuttle bus. Our impressions from the shuttle of Frankfurt: 1. It's an industrial town 2. Lots of change is happening, new buildings being built, transition. One building was all concrete, which reminded me of images I'd seen of Eastern Europe during the Cold War. It was a hotel. Frankfurt was, of course, a Western acquisition early on so I was surprised to see it. I read a book recently about WWII as told from a Hitler Youth ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík September 15th 2010

We spent about an hour in the Iceland Airport. Brief though the stop was, Bagelmonkeys made the following conclusions: - Iceland looks incredible. I was not in my usual window seat on the plane, so observations were made from afar but the landscape looked black and barren from the sky and then green and lush from the ground. Crazy mind trick! - The air was crisp and clean. After being in a stuffy airplane with head colds for 6.5 hours, we were happy to have such nice air to breathe. It must be a non-smoking airport. - Stopping in Reykjavik is the best midway point! We will have to do it again. - We did not see any of their volcanoes, active or otherwise, from the sky due to the morning cloud cover. - Bjork, though ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland May 21st 2009

I'm sure you'll be able to figure this out, but this entry isn't by Hollie. Its written by her less grammatically coherent other half Jeremiah. During our stay here I've learned a few things, they are as follows. 1. No matter what they tell you, the people in Scotland DO NOT speak English! It may sound like English, you might recognize a few words they say or an entire sentence. But I assure you this is only to give you a false sense of belonging and comfort before they throw in words and phrases such as, "bangers and mash," "hoos," "nips and tatties," "loch," "take away," (which is 'take out' food). And those are the ones that I can replicate in print. 2. When you visit Scotland, don't be over 6 feet tall. If you happen ... read more

We slept in *a little* this morning. Jer had to dress and move our car, which was in a no parking zone effective starting at 8am. We showered and dressed and went downstairs for our first Scottish breakfasts. Jer went traditional all the way: blood pudding, sausages, beans, fried egg (sunny side up), broiled tomato, toast and two rashers of bacon. I opted for the vegetarian version, which had veggie sausage and potato cakes instead of bacon. We checked out of our hotel, loaded up the car and wandered a little around Portree. The town is quaint and we were glad to have happened upon it the night before. Since we’d gone all the way to the Isle of Skye, we decided to visit a castle further up north: Dunvegan, which was the home of ... read more
Castle Dunvegan
Barrel Room at Talisker Distillery

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Culloden May 15th 2009

Getting in touch with Scottish heritage, or, The English are All Bastard-People! In contrast to yesterday’s stunning sunshiny weather, today was drab, dreary and wet. Rain rolled into the UK with a vengeance. Jer and I aren’t strangers to rain. We live in Seattle, for crying out loud! We KNOW rain. We know rain like true Northwesterners, so much so that we can discern between a drizzle and a shower, a mist and a sprinkle. Despite our familiarity on the subject, we learned today that there exists such a thing as Highland Rain. There is normal rain and Scottish Rain. They are related to each other but they are totally different. Scottish Rain is frigid. I remember, years ago, visiting my friend Cyndy in Alabama and marveling over the warm rain that washed over me in ... read more
Jer and Hollie in Culloden
'nuff said
Castle Ruins

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness May 14th 2009

Today we began our adventure beyond Aberdeen. After breakfast and seeing the boys off to school, Alex drove us to the airport where our chariot awaited us. Our chariot was, in fact, a compact automatic with GPS. Jer was a tad bit nervous about driving on the wrong side of the road. He learned to drive on the left side as a teenager while he was in Australia, but that was (literally for him) half a lifetime ago. Scotland also is far less populated and lacks round-abouts. Scotland is all round-abouts. We hopped into our brand new econo car (less than 400 miles on it!), plugged in our brand new GPS, entered our first destination—a castle—and were on our way! Jer negotiated the first round-about skillfully and we soon were in the countryside on twisting roads. ... read more
Closed Castle
Hollie at Glenfiddich
Cawdor Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen May 13th 2009

Our day was full and enjoyable. We woke up early to have breakfast with Alex, Christina, Xavier and Theo. Toasty warm blueberry scones with marmalade and French press coffee. So good! Jer and I woke up a little late—despite our exhaustion we both awoke for about an hour in the middle of the night. I had just drifted off when we had to get up for the day. Our preparations for the day—our first showers since departing Seattle—made everyone run a bit late. We saw Theo off to pre-school and Xavier to his class. There are no school buses in Scotland so the parents must take their kids to school themselves. It was different, seeing the kids in the playground area lined up in neat little rows awaiting to go inside the building. Afterwards, Alex gave ... read more
Aberdeen's Old Town Square
School Cathederal/Chapel
Jer in Aberdeen

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen May 12th 2009

We are here. In Scotland. The clock on my computer is set for home, which marks the time as 1:35pm. It is 9:35pm in Aberdeen. The daylight is finally filtering away despite the birds’ best efforts to keep the day going through song. I don’t recall the last time I had an “all-nighter,” and the journey to get here reminds me and Jeremiah that we are too old for such activities. We did not sleep on the airplane. We were pretty awake when we arrived in Aberdeen and were eager to start exploring the world. Consequently, aside from a couple of naps, Jer and I have not slept in over 30 hours. Guess what we will be doing once I finish this entry? The weather was incredibly nice today in Aberdeen. I am not sure of ... read more

North America » Greenland May 11th 2009

We are halfway though our flight. So far it’s not so bad. I watched Inkheart and then became restless and fidgety. I’ve been taking lots of photos out the window. Jer watched the Day the Earth Stood Still and Slumdog Millionaire. He really liked that one. He’s now playing the PSP. So far, we have utilized all of our electronic devices, so hauling them halfway around the world has already been justified! Not that we knock old technology; I have read a bit from my Steinbeck book. A good investment. We are seated near the kiddie section of the plane. Most of the little ones seem okay, but the child who appears oldest of the gaggle and is accompanied by just her mother has been restless and unhappy since first boarding the plane. The only time ... read more

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