Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Germany: Day 1

Disclaimer: These posts may be boring since I am writing them more for my own remembrances than for others.
Also the first day was just me arriving in Germany and sleeping so this first post will not be all that exciting.

I arrived in Germany Friday morning at 8:30 - that would be 2:30am East Coast time. I absolutely cannot sleep on planes but in spite of that I felt wide awake because I was so on edge about finding my way to Seth's hotel all by myself. (He couldn't pick me up because he was attending the last day of his work conference.)

His conference was in a suburb of Stuttgart, a town called Ludwigsburg. This meant I had to find the train from the airport to the main Stuttgart train station, then get off and find the train to the main Ludwigsburg station, then find the bus that would take me to Seth's hotel. In a country where I did not speak the language and while dragging my suitcase around.

I had carefully studied the maps and information about Stuttgart public transportation before I left and this was my saving grace because the lady at the Tourist Information Center at the airport was not very nice or helpful. Tired of dealing with American tourists, maybe?

Actually the most difficult part was finding a place in the airport to get some Euros so I could buy train tickets. It took me about 20 minutes to figure out where the bank was and once I got there, the sign in the window said they were only open at their other location, a place that took me another 15 or so minutes and two inquiries at the information desk to find because it was a tiny little window located on the backside of Delta check-in.

It was at this point that I wondered whether it would just be easier to book a flight home and spend the whole time wondering why I thought I was cut out to travel.

While getting off the second train a woman sitting across from me said something to me in German and all of the useful little tourist phrases I had practiced flew right out of my head and I could only stare at her and say "uhh......English?" Luckily she realized I was a dopey tourist and did speak English, so she repeated her question - did I need help with my bag? I said no and quickly got off the train. This would not be the last time I embarrassed myself with my lack of German language skills.

Nevertheless I made it to Seth's hotel where I proceeded to sleep for the afternoon until he came back from his conference. Then Seth and I and his co-worker went out to eat at a little restaurant nearby. I ordered a dish called k√§sesp√§tzle (noodles with melted cheese, bacon and fried onion.) It was so delicious. 

Nothing else exciting happened because I didn't have the energy to do much else.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I'm an adult.

This isn't about Germany.
Before I write about that I just have to say: look at my Halloween decorations.
I'm telling you, it wasn't graduating from college or getting married or having a baby that made me feel like I had finally become a grown-up.
It was the fact that I now have a box of holiday decorations to put up and take down every year.
I'm an adult!
Also, I'm uncreative and stole these ideas off the internet: Spider web, bats, and pumpkins.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

We're back.

We made it back safely from Germany. I am planning on writing more about it as soon as I can get out of this fog known as jet lag.
T is determined to punish us for leaving her behind for a week. She has thrown more temper tantrums in the past day than she has in the past year. 
We are tired.
Things we missed about America:
-free public bathrooms
-ice cubes
-water that is not carbonated
-warmer weather
-not having cigarette smoke in every public place
-being able to understand what everyone around us is saying

I'm pretty sure I was just as excited to get back home as I was to go to Germany.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Advice

Today I am packing Seth up for his first business trip. He leaves tomorrow.
Guess where it's to?
Germany!
And guess who is meeting up with him after the businessy part so we can play for a week in Germany?
Me! (obviously.) I leave next Thursday.
I have never been anywhere outside the US and this is the first time Seth is flying internationally since his mission to Brazil in 2004.
So I am looking to my well-traveled readers (I'm thinking of you Laura). Advice? What do I bring on the plane? Tips for being in a foreign country? I am very very nervous.

Also, this is the first time we are leaving T alone with someone overnight. For a whole week. She'll be with family, but still. I am nervous for her too. Mothers, advice?

And now back to packing/over-planning/over-stressing about this trip.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Sleepy

Guess who woke up this morning an hour and a half earlier than they normally do?
And guess who fell asleep on the floor while watching Mary Poppins?
She has never ever gone to sleep without her dog and her crib and her blanket and her sound machine and all her routines.
I am astounded, so I had to document it.
Now the question is whether to do some mischief to her...

Monday, October 8, 2012

Bored

It has been cold and rainy today which means we can't go outside and T and I are so bored.
So bored I even cleaned my bathroom.
 This is actually from a few weeks ago when it was warm. Ain't no way I'm opening the door today.

Curse you cold weather. You always come too soon.