Relaxing Along the Rhine

Trip Start Apr 20, 2009
Trip End Jul 20, 2009

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Julia & Ralfīs Apartment

Flag of Germany  , Rhineland-Palatinate,
Saturday, June 13, 2009

I am visiting with Julia and her husband Ralf. They are good friends of Brittany and I had previously met Julia when she and Brittany came for a day to visit LA, so it was really nice to meet back up with her here and meet her husband. They have been the most fantastic hosts and I have never felt more special in someoneīs home! It is lovely to get up in the morning and have coffee on their balcony that overlooks the river and enjoy great leisurely dinners with wine and such pleasant conversation. However, all the treats are sure to spoil me! Not only the sweets, but the sheer immensity of their hospitality!

I went to the ballet last night and saw an A-MA-ZING piece by Twyla Tharp (with fantastical music by Phillip Glass). I managed to get the very last ticket and could not have been happier, especially after I realized what a performance I had treated myself to for the evening. I was practically speechless coming out of the theatre... Her choreography is so full of life and the dancers did not have one split moment of rest for the entire 40 minute piece. I have no idea how they did it... They had to have been running on sheer delerium at the end, because they couldnīt possibly had anything left! I was completely blown away!! Usually I feel like the unending applause at the end of most performances is a bit much, but they deserved it - and more! Simply amazing... I have no other words...

Julia met me after the show for a late dinner and glass of wine. A nice Reisling - which is of course what this area is known for! : )
Unfortunately, I ended up breaking a bracket and getting very nervous about what to do since it was still on the wire, but not attached to my teeth and just spinning and sliding about. I called my travel insurance and should have known that would be pointless. They said that it was not really covered because it was not causing me any acute or immediate pain and were no help whatsoever... Of course, I am welcome to submit forms for them to reimburse me once I get back from my trip - HA! Which is not necessarily surprising, but quite disappointing of course, because one purchases travel insurance for just these types of situations!

God is good though and provided me with a little miracle. Julia happened to remember that she had a friend who had an orthodontic practice and sent her an urgent email this morning to see if she could help me out. She wasnīt in the office, but she said that her top assistant was there and could take care of it for me. No problem, just go right over! So Julia drove me to office and they simply removed the brocken bracket and even trimmed the wire that has been drilling a hole in my cheek for the past few weeks. As a favor - for free! Talk about an unexpected blessing!

Now I am just up late after a lovely evening with Julia! (Ralf usually turns in much earlier than we do, as he is more responsible and has to be at work around 8:00.) However, Julia has gone to bed and I am dealing with my car insurance back home. I thought all of that was taken care of. Apparently not... I guess that just means that I will be able to really enjoy just sitting on a boat tomorrow when I take a cruise up the Rhine. Too bad it leaves in 6 1/2 hours!!! : (
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