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Published: June 12th 2009
i spent the last 2 days staying in Baden-Baden. a resort type town by the black forest region. i went to a thermal bath, which was very relaxing, though expensive. then i walked around the city and went to a "natural" type zoo on the outskirts, though did not see too many animals. then i went to see the baden-baden philharmonic orchestra, which was nice.
Then i took a train to Stutgart, and went to the Mercedes Benz museum there. It had 8 floors of cars on display taking you through the centuries of MB.
In the evening i went on to Floersheim, a little town between frankfurt and mainz, with a very local hostel. the owner just bought the place from the old owners (one of the german men drinking next to me) and is turning it from a hotel to a hostel, he is originally russian, and told me a lot of interesting things to see in the area, i rode through some vineyards in the area and tried some local Riesling. the last couple days have been a nice change from the walk around city centers and has let me experience a more local germany.
Now i am sitting in my hostel (the only guest here on a bank holiday weekend) listening to 4 German men chatting with each other in german and drinking some beers. I am about to eat some shashlik that the new russian owner has just cooked. I feel like im finally "experiencing" something local, i guess i just had to book the only hostel that had availability on this bank holiday long weekend.
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