Tag: 2007


A week before we left for Germany, Herr's aunt passed away after a long and intense struggle with cancer. The memorial service was held that Friday, so we had to figure out what to do quickly. After much debate, we decided to make the twelve hour drive there the day before, and make the twelve hour drive back the day after so we still had time to prepare for Germany.Herr amazingly did all the driving. He really wanted to be there for his cousins and uncle, so I bought all new tires with the money I didn't have. We made a point to stop in Greensburg, KS to see how the town is doing after the tornado (aerial photos if you are not familiar). Everyone really appreciated us making extra effort to be there, and I'm glad I could help Herr decide to do so. We spent several hours talking about what could be done with the time constraints and no money… we were lucky his uncle had a friend with a house available. The house was lovely too, with a great view of Albuquerque.

We hope to visit his uncle there again under better circumstances. In Germany, Herr made it a point to light candles for his aunt at some of the churches we visited. The least we could do.

Guten morgen

We returned from Germany last night around 10 p.m. after getting on planes roughly around 7 a.m. U.S. time. It wasn't too bad… it could have been worse. :-p We made our last flight, which I doubted greatly. But here's a summary of the trip:

Thursday, Oct. 4
Arrival, get authorization passes and hotel
Friday, Oct. 5
Oktoberfest in Munich
Saturday, Oct. 6
Heidelberg castle
Sunday, Oct. 7
Hohenzollern and Lichtenstein castles
Monday, Oct. 8
Shopping in Stuttgart
Tuesday, Oct. 9
Ulm (monastery, libraries, and cathedrals)
Wednesday, Oct. 10
Rothenberg ob der Tauber (medieval city with shopping and criminal/torture museum)
Thursday, Oct. 11
Hanau on the Fairy Tale Road
Friday, Oct. 12
Shopping in Heidelberg
Saturday, Oct. 13
Departure, lots of flying

Germany was great! I love their recycling, which is mandatory or else you are fined (that's how it should be!), and it's still rolling hills with lots of forests and small towns nestled at the foot of each hill. Of course, Herr's favorite is the public transportation, but we drove most places (my brother rented a six seat Mercedes). Taxes are already calculated into prices (thank you!), food is healthy (even McDonalds and its McDonalds Cafe, weird…), ice cream is AWESOME… a good deal of the population could speak some English too, but Herr helped a lot with his German. 🙂

We both don't feel good today (I was dehydrated and terribly bloated from airplane food, ick), so we'll see how far we get. Lots of cleaning to do, unpacking, groceries, pictures… I'll post a link when I get up some photos (a few need touching up because of a lot of sunlight and odd visibility problems…). Off to get more apple cider.

Through the Gateway

Last weekend we made a trip to St. Louis and Columbia. In St. Louis we saw the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra perform the Top 99 Concert. The first half was terrific, beginning with Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro Overture, then Strauss' On the Beautiful Blue Danube, followed by Mendelssohn's Reformation Symphony 5 (Ein Feste Burg ist Unser Gott), and my favorite Holst's The Planets Jupiter. I would have left at intermission if I knew just how boring it would be… Bernstein's Candide Overture, Beethoven's Romance 2 in F Major, Dvorak's From the New World Symphony 9, and Tchaikovsky's Marche Slave. Tchaikovsky's okay, but with the Beethoven and Dvorak were so unbelievably slow, and the Candide being only so-so, I wasn't caring too much.

Saturday was fun. Up the Gateway Arch and to the Missouri Botanical Gardens that was hosting a Chinese Culture festival. We met up with Hoyt's grand-aunt and shared our wedding/honeymoon albums, then burnt to a nice crisp walking around the gardens and watching a Chinese parade. We hightailed it to Columbia to visit a good friend staying up very late sharing our pictures again. Sunday we walked around the Mizzou campus and enjoyed an organic restaurant, bookstore, and custard shop. After watching Drop Dead Gorgeous, we drove back, slightly pinker than when we left and feeling pretty good and tired.

A few pictures from the trip, but still on the camera for now…