Trip Start May 23, 2007
Trip End Aug 02, 2007

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Germany is amazing. I know I keep saying that but it is such a surprise. I didn't expect to fall in love with germany but I am. It is definitely somewhere to see. Koblenz was a very nice hotel and we had decent rooms there. After the dorms it was amazing. After dinner we all went up stairs and got ready to go out that night for Stephs bday. We all left about an hour later and headed downtown. We first found a 50/60's concert that was hilarious so we danced around making total idiots of ourselves in front of the Germans. We then went to a local sports bar before finding an 80's rock concert. We had a blast. We danced to bon jovi, queen. Michael Jackson, pink floyd, and ACDC. It was so much fun. We definitely were the loudest in the crowd and we did Americans everywhere proud. After that we headed back across the bridge to the hotel. It was a beautiful walk. There were castles on all the mountains and old architecture highlighted by a full moon.
The next day we got up early for a cruise on the Rhine River in Germany. It was beautiful but we were all so worn out that it didn't capture our attention for long. A lot of people went and played cards but I ended up journaling for an hour or so. Then we ended up eating before getting off and taking the coach into the Netherlands.
The Netherlands Oisterwick-boschoord
Once we arrived at our hotel we were greeted by PKOCH and his wife and assigned rooms. Jess and I signed up to room together so we quickly rearranged and unpacked. Most of our unpacking was simply putting everything into a laundry bag. I have two shirts that can be worn again before I'm officially out. Not only that but Ryan informed me last night that I had a hole in the back of my shirt. (ya gotta love ry!) Our first dinner was buffet style which the guys love. It had a lot of peppers. Not really my thing. Stuckey loved it though. After dinner we had a meeting to go over the "rules" or as D-webb called them the guidelines. They are actually rules and they are similar to Olivet Rules which totally sucks. Ryan and I sat in the back and harassed the people around us. Good times! After the rules we were given our bikes and bike keys. $400 Euros to replace them so I'm not too psyched. I got stuck with the medium bike, thanks to mike taking the small, and so I have a rough time getting off my bike. It's a little scary. We have all come close to falling off already which is hilarious to watch a bunch of 21 year olds try to relearn how to ride a bike in a place where cars and people expect that you know how to abide by traffic rules. It's a little dangerous. We love it. Now we are settling in for the three week hall which will probably fly by unfortunately. Everything is going well though, minus all the wheels coming off my suitcase. Hopefully I will be able to call and email a lot here. Its free if you use their computers downstairs but not our own. It shouldn't be too bad. The classes might kill us though.
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