Back in Germany

Trip Start Mar 17, 2007
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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Although it was not part of our original plan, we are back in Germany. We just could not get enough of the crazy Germans (which is one of the highest ranked compliments in our dictionary), the wonderful countryside and definitely the friendliest folks we have met on our trip so far. Oh yeah, now that you mention it, the good beer!
Before this trip, I (Gizem) had zero interest in visiting Germany and I thought I had valid reasons for my dislike. Isn't it ironic, don't you think (and wonderful)  that Germany has been our favorite country? There is something about the place that makes you feel like you are one of the folks. Just a simple example, when you sit at a beer garden, you have to share your table with about ten people. An hour later, you are singing German songs arm in arm with people who are wearing lederhosen - and this is no joke my friends! They really, truly wear those things and even the hats with the feather sticking out!!! I'm telling you, you got to love Germans!
When we left Switzerland, we thought that we had left the hills and the rain behind. Wrong and wrong. It has been raining on and off for several weeks now. So instead of wasting our time and energy on keeping our stuff dry, we just got used to being damp all the time. It's working out pretty good, other than the fact that Bryan's beard is starting to grow moss. But that's ok, since his face is almost completely hidden behind hair and untrimmable facial hair, so noone seems to notice. As for the hills, noone told us that hills rated %15 or %20 percent grade existed. Well,, they do and they are located right here in Germany. And we went down them and up them, meanwhile trying to steer away from the huge orange slugs that like crawling on the bicycle paths. 
One of the highlights of our trip has been meeting Brandon and Nick, the brains and the talent behind the great musical of Queen's We Will Rock You. We met them at a coffee shop in Zurich (ok, ok, I admit, it was Starbucks!!) and being the awesome guys they are (and probably feeling bad for us because of Bryan's mossy facial hair), they gave us two tickets for the musical. We Will Rock You was so good and so inspiring and so touching that we laughed, cried, sang at the top of our lungs under the unapproving stare of the Swiss audience. Afterwards, we all hung out at the bar, only to find out that the the guy in the lead role was a Turkish-German, which made me very proud. Nick and Brandon, if you are reading this, THANK YOU, AGAIN! Keep on rocking! We love you guys!
Talking about changing plans, it looks like we are headed for Prague instead of Budapest and then down to Vienna which will be the last stop of the Europe leg of our trip. After that, we are heading to Turkey, where we will be spending somewhere around three months relaxing, hanging out with friends and family fishing and a bit of traveling.
And to answer your questions, no, our bums don't hurt anymore.
Lovin' life in Germany,
Bryan and Gizem
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meric on

Keep on Cycling, Keep on Rocking!
We are watching your adventure with great interest and envy. Seems like you are having a great time! One thing is for sure, the beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and you guys, have the most beautiful eyes in the world and you see the best in everything:) Have fun for all of us here who would die to be with you right now:)

robotextil on

You are skipping Budapest :(
Hi guys,

I see that you are having great fun and discovering a different Germany than people usually think.

And I am sure you're eager to get to Turkey and relax for a few months before continuing to the East (I assume). Nevertheless, I recommend that you do not skip Budapest. You will not only see one of the most beautiful cities of the world but you get to see two cities at the same time. A different version of Istanbul, only located on Tuna.

Just a suggestion. You might even consider to ride along Tuna all the way to Black Sea and then head south to Turkey. Of course if your time permits.

Whichever way you go, it is really great to follow you.

Dennis from LA (actually Huntington Beach)

jukebox on

wait a sec.. what about Salzburg?
So Guys, you're still alive and cycling! :) talking about change of plans, how about Salzburg? Are we still on? We have the feeling that you'll like Prague and stay there a few days.. Have fun around there! If you happen to pass by Salzburg, we'll be there on June 1. Hopefully, until then! If not, catch you probably in Australia ;-)

Elif & Alex

bikerick2007 on

Congrats: enjoying every episode of your epic!!!
Hi Gizem and Bryan: loving reading your travel logs and viewing the photos. Thanks so much for keeping me posted. I have dear friends in Germany I would like to pass this onto. Peter Bandasch. I hope you get to visit Esterhaza--it's supposed to be magnificent. Keep the wheels turning. Your pal, Rick.

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