German´s 30th B-day party and being a ´local´

Trip Start May 15, 2007
Trip End Jun 04, 2007

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Let´s going ahead and start off with just how much of a schmuck I am and how lucky I was.  My flight was changed a few months back so when I got the email I wrote down in all my planners that it left at 3:05.  I was pulling up to the airport at 1:55 when I looked down at my itinerary and saw 2:05 in big bold letters.  OH SHIT!  I knew right away I was going to miss my flight to Chicago and miss my flight to Frankfurt, which would ultimately cause me to miss Claudia´s big 30th B-day party.  Well, to make a long story short, I miraculously made my flight, all flight´s were delayed, and I made my connecting flight by just minutes.  I arrive in Frankfurt, Germany and catch a train down to Bayreuth where Chris and Claudia live (he and his brother are family friends through a high school foreign x-change student program 10 years ago or so and I also stayed with them two years ago during my RTW journey).  
   There are so many wonderful stories and tales along the way but as I am compiling 11 jam-packed days stories into two entries I am going to give everyone an overview. One example was on the train down to meet Chris I borrowed a man´s cell phone to tell Chris when I would arrive.  On his cell phone screen he had a photo of a BMW motorcycle similar to the one I bought 2 years ago and did Europe on.  We talked for several hours about motorcycles which turned a boring train ride into a very enjoyable one. I will skip these from here on but keep in mind each day several of these wonderful experiences happened.      
    Chris picked me up at the train station and we went back to there wonderful new house they just completed building in November.  It is a absolutely gorgeous house in a tiny town outside the college town of Bayreuth where they both are teachers.  Claudia´s (his wife) and his parents were all there and we enjoyed chatting over desserts.  That evening 30-40 people showed up for Claudia´s 30th B-day party.  I enjoyed learning German and allowing the kids at the same time to hone up on their English.  We grilled out, drank some great German beer, and enjoyed everyone´s company until early hours of the morning.  I woke up the next day later than normal as the jet lag and time difference was still in effect.  We spent the afternoon cleaning up and then went down to the school to test out a new rock climbing wall they were installing.  That evening we watch a movie and called it a night. The next day Chris and I took the mountain bikes out on the rolling hills and forest for a 6 hour bike ride.  We went through amazing forests, through rolling wheat fields, tiny little German farm towns, and it was overall an amazing day of riding.   That evening we met up with their friends to enjoy a true German Schnitzel at a great outdoor restaurant.  We had a wonderful meal, complimented by just as wonderful of weather.  One of the friend´s daughter who is in Kindergarten, taught me how to count in German, which was a hoot.  I went out to their friend´s bar and then to a night club where we danced the night away.  We enjoyed breakfast at his friend´s restaurant in the morning and I caught my train to Bremen, Germany where I would start my week long MBA study abroad program.   Photos to be posted once I am back.
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J-Lew -

Sounds like you are having a great time as always. So pumped that you were able to catch your flight, sounds just like my flight home from London when I got there about 10 minutes before it took off and still made the flight thanks for delays.

Enjoy Stockholm. Hope you have deep pockets though, that place is EXPENSIVE! But the lady eye candy is worth the price, I'm not kidding.

Can't wait for pictures!

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