On the Romantic Road

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Three weeks to go!  In exactly 21 days we get on a plane for America.  We are both extremely excited yet also absolutely dreading it.  I really don't know how we made it to this point.  When we look back on everything since we've left it almost seems surreal.  To look at some of the old pictures almost makes us feel surprised and a little amazed that we really have done all that we have.  That being said it is probably not going to be easy to re-acclimate to home life.  I know we haven't been gone for years, but it does seem like a long long time.  When we left there was still snow on the ground.  Now when we see the snow on the tops of the mountains here we get excited since we have forgotten about it.  We have gotten way past the point where we have any more expectations on this trip.  We just like to read a lot, look around a lot, and enjoy each others company.  I don't know if we've taken absolute full advantage of our time, and I'm not going to get dramatic and say that this was a life altering experience, but I can say that we have had an amazing time and whatever happens from here we have changed a lot, and I think for the better.  Back home we are constantly bombarded with work, emails, phone calls, texts, tv, etc.  We probably haven't watched more than a couple hours of real tv in the past two months and I almost wish that we could turn off our phones when we get home, but I doubt that is realistic.  I don't know, I'm rambling now.  Long story short I think we got a lot out of this adventure for the better besides just laying on beaches and visiting churches and I hope we can keep it up when we get home in 3 weeks.So enough of all that, these journal seem to be more fluff than facts about our day.  I should probably go back and read the first ones and see how they've changed...there I go again...anyways we went to the main train station today to head south to Fussen.  We actually got out of the hotel early so we had a little time at the station to kill and we decided to try and reserve our next few important train tickets so we don't run into problems like the last time.  Well it turned out a lot like the last time.  First we booked our tickets to Fussen.  Then we went back in line and booked our tickets for Germany to Paris for next week which included 3 different routes.  The most important ticket we had left to book though was Paris to Madrid overnight.  We got back in line again to try and get this one and the girl said there is only one compartment and its a private sleeping compartment and even with our pass would be 220 euros (>$300) so that ruled that out.  The train system in Spain is a mess and it takes forever to get anywhere so other routes wouldn't work without sitting on trains for 20 hours.  After figuring out some alternatives we went back to the first ticket guy and he worked it all out so that we could get on a later train and somehow it all worked out.  We were pretty stressed out though.  Trains are a great way to get around here, but actually booking them is a huge pain.So we finally got on the train to Fussen.  Since its a shorter ride we didn't use our rail passes so we had to take 2nd class...Sigh.  It was great though still.  The German countryside is awesome.  Along the way we passed huge fields that had to go on for miles filled with bright yellow flowers.  They were planted there for some reason, but we were going to fast for me to get a good look at them and see what they actually where.  When we started to get close to Fussen a bunch of kids got on the train, and it turns out that schools don't have buses and they pay the public buses/trains to take the kids to and from school.  We walked to our bed and breakfast which was close to the station.Sometimes bed and breakfasts are weird because you have to deal with the owners, or old and dirty, but this one is perfect.  It is a classic looking German house with a tile roof and a big garden.  Our room has a balcony with the alps in the background.  It even has a heated tile floor in the bathroom.  Again, it's one of those things that you don't really need, but I'm not going to complain either.  The lady running the house is from east of Columbus and she's quite a character.  As soon as we got there she rushed us up to our room to drop off our backpacks becuase she said we'd "peel the paint off the walls with those God awful things." Fussen is a picture perfect little Bavarian town.  The downtown is exactly what you'd expect with brightly painted house and dramatic frescos painted on the outside.  It has some tourist shops, but you can tell its also a place where people live.  An amazingly blue river runs though the middle of town and the mountains are always in the background wherever you look.  The town has been around a ridiculously long time.  They have a couple churches from the 1500's and they are still in amazing shape.  One of them is pretty big and when we were looking around inside the bones of a saint were in a glass case by the alter.  It looked like they had buried her in there hundreds of years ago wrapped in gold jewelry.  It was definitely something we have never seen before.We got a late lunch early dinner at a German place then continued to explore the town.  I have been wearing nothing but t-shirts for ages and the town had a Woolworths so I found a nice shirt there so I can start to look at least a little less like a bum every once and a while.  We got lost in a park outside the town's castle and ended up on a hill near the river and in the background a band was playing German music.We headed back to our place early so we could catch up on journaling, I'm more than a few days behind, and not to mention everything in the town closes kind of early.  The beds are super comfortable with down pillows and comforters.  There is a picture in the reading room down the hall of Rick Steves sitting there with the owner.Tomorrow we are going to the castles and are pretty excited to get out in the mountains.  It's one of the last big things that we have planned, but it is one of them that we were most looking forward too, so we'll see how it goes!
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Kris on

I like your thoughts on travel. It's a wonderful thing to let go of the day-to-day and elevate your experiences.... see what is out in the world. Yes, you will get 'sucked in' to the flow of life when you return, but you will have enlarged your worldview and this will stay with you for life.

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