Schnitzel, Spätzle, Pretzel Pt.1

Trip Start Jan 04, 2011
Trip End May 07, 2011

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Flag of Germany  , North Rhine-Westphalia,
Friday, January 14, 2011

It is the first weekend trip of the semester, and our boisterous group of 10 decided to venture to Koln (Cologne), Germany!!! *congratulations to those of you who guessed it right from my other blog ;)* We will start with Friday...

So our attempts to have a very easy and stress free weekend of traveling were crushed early on, but its okay because we figured everything out.  I don't think there is a such thing as easy stress free traveling? Anyway it started when we were waiting for our train from our house to the city station when an announcement came on in Luxembourgish. We had no clue what it said but everyone looked mad and started walking away so we looked around for someone who spoke english to tell us that it was cancelled.  The next one came to late so we had to have our host mom drive us a town over for the express stop so we would make our 2:20 train in the city on time.  Of course on the way there we were driving through these crazy European streets where they think its okay to have a one lane road for 2 way traffic and let cars park on both sides of the street when we got stuck behind a street sweeper. At that point we had no time to spare so we were all freaking out....but we made it...where we had to run up a broken escalator to catch the train on time so we could get on our 3 hour train to Cologne!!

Walking out of the train station in Cologne you walk into this plaza and right in front of you is this massive church.  It is called the Dom and it has been under construction for over 600 years.  It was so unrealistic.  Imagine walking out of like Great Lakes Mall and having a massive gothic church 200 feet in front of you.  It's like someone cut and paste it into my vision.  We checked into our hostel, which was not as bad as was expecting, but nonetheless....a hostel, and then went to dinner.  

 We find this restaurant that served German food and had a group dinner. We sat down and tried to figure out the German menu with no success, then our waiter came over and started talking German insanely fast.  There was an awkward silence and then one girl turned to him and said "We're American" and he goes, "So you want beer?" Luckily he also returned with menus in English so we could all order.  Mine was, interesting....but I liked some of it...the potatoes especially! 

Next we ventured out to find a bar to sit in for the rest of the night, most were really crowded and we had a large group so this was a difficult task.  We managed to find one though, and it ended up being a local bar because it was closer to our hostel than the main part of the city.  Everyone there was watching a soccer game and singing these ridiculous chants that we couldn't understand but it was still fun.  Also, they may or may not have overcharged us for our drinks because we were American.  At least the bathrooms were free.
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