Trip Start Jul 01, 2010
76Trip End Aug 08, 2011
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It was a hard days' ride from Rheinstetten down the Rhine to Strasbourg after 10 days of being stationary. It took me quite a while to find the river but once I did the way unfolded and I made it without too much trouble, arriving around 8 pm. Gabriel welcomed me enthusiastically and showed me in - to my surprise he had 8 or so other Couchsurfers due the same evening! I was very pleased to meet this nice bunch of people, comprising 2 Russians, 2 Belgians, 2 Polish, 1 French and 1 German. After tracking down a veggie kebab we went into the city; and watched the mesmerising lights show which is projected onto the cathedral every 20 mins, accompanied by some of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and lasting 15 minutes! Then we went to a nearby bar and the time flew by. We finally arrived home with a scant 5 hours of sleep-time available before I had to be up to get my injections.
I really don't know how Gab does it, working full time on top of entertaining CouchSurfers from every corner of the globe.
I somehow found the hospital and clinic okay, and to my dismay was told that they'd run out of Japanese Encephalitis vaccine. Arrgh! Hopefully it'll turn up today, but we'll see. I returned to the house and took a nice 3 hour siesta and felt a lot better. Then it was time to go out again to start collecting this evening's troop of Couchsurfers: another Polish, a Korean and a young Italian cycle tourist.
In the end I received my final injection for Japanese Encephalitis and picked up some malaria medication also.
For our final night in Strasbourg we went out again, played some Boules (Petanque), then went to yet another CouchSurfer's place where we passed a few hours singing cheesy ballads to his piano accompaniment. and then visited a local bar where I had a good booty-shake to the tech-house tunes the DJ was spinning. Then home for 4 hours or so of sleep.