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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Garmisch-Partenkirchen June 4th 2014

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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Garmisch-Partenkirchen » Zugspitze January 28th 2014

We're still shaking off the combination of jet lag and weather differentials so forgive my brevity if this entry seems a bit skimpy with regard to verbosity. We arrived in Germany at 6 in the morning, picked up our rental car. Arrived at our hostess's apartment about 8. I met Melanie in September when I came over to spend a week with Noah. We're both members of which is basically a crash pad site for people who are not only tight with money but also like to meet and talk with the locals. Melanie is a sweet gal and makes the best cup of coffee to be found in Germany. Bar none. We met Noah and his crew that night at a Wiesbaden Bistro called the Whiskey and Soda. Great bunch of people. Those who ... read more
Departure Day
What The Hell?
Long Time

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Garmisch-Partenkirchen November 24th 2013

Berlin - Bavaria - Paris - Bastogne - Christmas Markets -- our German vacation was so full of spectacular sites, that I just would not be able to fit it all in one blog! Therefore, I will write this in sections, with each major segment of our trip having it's own post. This is segment 2: Ludwig's Bavaria! We have been planning this vacation for years! Well, sort of. My friend and old co-worker, Lisa, is stationed in Germany. Ever since she moved there I have been threatening that I am going to come visit. It was always "maybe in the Fall", then "maybe in the Spring", "maybe just after I graduate" get the idea. Well we finally decided it was time and purchased the going back now! We planned our trip in the winter ... read more
View from our hotel room
View from our hotel room
Our little car!

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Garmisch-Partenkirchen February 23rd 2012

I haven't updated because this is a travel blog and I have not been traveling. I spent $700 on a ski pass and I intend to use it until my money spent per day on skiing is in the single digits. All of this plus I make minimum wage so traveling is hard. I have been making new friends and progressing from equipment handler to instructor. I get certified next month by the Professional Ski Instructors Association or something like that. As the ski season comes to a close I have applied for summer jobs. The one I hope to get is a full-time accounting position. I came to Germany because I didn’t want a desk job but now I decided that I would rather work more and spend more than work less and spend next ... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Garmisch-Partenkirchen » Zugspitze November 28th 2011

I have made it safely. The flights over here weren't too bad. Once I landed it was 'hurry up and wait' for the next half day. I live in "the shining" (as in the horror movie) part of the living quarters, so named because this was the psychiatric ward when it was a Nazi hospital. This might explain why I am up at 1 AM local time writing this blog. I went to sleep around 8 and now I am ready for my first day. The group I am with is full of hard core skiers and adventurers. I am the only one from the south. Apparently we are the envy of the rest of the staff because we have such a glamorous job. I went out with some veterans this evening and they were accommodating ... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Garmisch-Partenkirchen August 21st 2011

Bonjour tout le monde, tout d'abord désolé pour le délai depuis notre dernier message ... internet dans les petits villages bavarois, c'est plutôt rare. Alors, on en était au 20 août. Déjà notre dernière journée chez Maria à Cologne. Nous sommes allés au château Schloss Augustusburg à Brühl. Ce site inscrit au patrimoine UNESCO est un chateau de style rococco, vous pourrez voir sur nos photos que l'extérieur et les jardins étaient plutôt biens. Heureusement pour vous, les photos à l'intérieur étaient interdites alors vous n'aurez pas à voir ce "gachis". Trop de couleur pastel mélangé, trop d'ornements, trop de tout. Bref, c'est bien beau vouloir impressionné, mais trop c'est trop. En plus, visite seulement en allemand et l'audioguide était plutôt 'minimal'. Pour oublier le tout, on s'est rempli de gaufres, de C... read more
Les jardins du chateau
Véro et Maria au chateau

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Garmisch-Partenkirchen August 7th 2011

The job I have in Alpine Adventures is really very cool. I am learning about all the cool things in the area because I tell people about them everyday. I give people directions on how to give their tickets and how to take the train, I give directions on driving and explain tours that I myself have never been on. But no worries, I will definitely be going on these tours because they all sound awesome. It is nice that there are people here who have been here so long and really know the area. The other day I hiked the Wank (pronounced Vank...) with a couple guys and it was awesome because that is not somewhere I would have thought to hike myself. It took us about 3 hours to get up the mountain and ... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Garmisch-Partenkirchen » Zugspitze January 2nd 2011

Woo-hoo ! We're at the top of Germany ! Today, our little group decided to visit the very south of Germany, which also happens to be the tallest part of Germany! That's right - we went skiing on the Zugspitze in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. That has a nice ring to it. At least, it would if you skied. I did not. Instead, I rented skiis, walked out the door, looked down the slope, and walked right back inside. No way was I going to try to work my way down a sheer drop in those freaking uncomfortable ski boots. I grew up in Illinois. To those of you unfamiliar with the particulars of the midwest of the United States, people from Illinois are endearingly known as "flat landers." It's pretty self explanatory - we're great at farming, but ... read more
Cute little house in Eibsee

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Garmisch-Partenkirchen October 10th 2010

Today I went on an excursion with the school into the Alps. They were even more beautiful than I thought they would be. At 9:15am we got on the train for Garmisch, a town right next to the Alps. Unfortunately, there was construction on the tracks so after an hour on the train we had to get off, catch a bus to the next train station, then take a train from there the rest of the way. But we made it. We started by going through a gorge called Partnachklamm that led right to the foot of Alps. The gorge was breath taking. We walked along the side of the gorge on a small ledge. Beautiful blue water rushed through the gorge below and we went through several caves. As soon as you get to the ... read more
The walk towards the gorge
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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Garmisch-Partenkirchen » Zugspitze September 28th 2010

Man did I sleep well. Its 7:30 and I’m up rolling out of bed and heading for the bathroom. Everyone’s asleep and I’m going to get up shower and have a nice quite breakfast. Woo, Hoo I love these Germany baths there the size of a phone both for midgets. I’m finishing my shower when the door flies open; Hey I’m in here, as Heady walks into the bathroom. She screams, I’m hollering STOP!!!!!!!. Well my quite morning just went south. I’m out of the bath and downstairs trying to not make eye contact with either Bill or Hedi. The Inn Keeper meets at the bottom of the steps asking in his broken English “VIS EWERYSHING OK”? I respond Ya Ya Ya…. As I make my way to the breakfast table he’s following me “VHATS DER ... read more
Last of the Sheep
Top of the World
Edge of heaven

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