Mainz and Heidelberg
Trip Start Feb 26, 2009
15Trip End Mar 13, 2009
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We briefly went in to the Gutenberg Museum briefly to take pics of the ceiling (ahh tourism. . . )
Sorry, I'm off my soapbox now. We did some window shopping as I sniffed every sweet smell coming from the bakeries along the street. I finally went in one and got a Berliner - basically a jelly-filled doughnut - that was tasty. This has historical significance of course or else I would not have tried one (FA). JFK was made fun of after a speech in Berlin when he said "Ich bin ein Berliner" which basically means "I am a doughnut." Rumor has it that Ted Kennedy was in the audience that day and slurred out "Well Ich bin ein f*&%ing drunk! So there!"
Ouch. Gratuitous Ted Kennedy joke. Sorry, that was wide open! JUST LIKE TED KENNEDY'S BOTTLE OF BOOZE!! HAHAHAH. Okay, I am done. We got back to the apartment and packed up. We decided to head towards Heidelberg and it's famous castle. By the time we arrived in Heidelberg, it was just past noon and we drove through the city streets. The Tom-Tom-talking-lady got pissed off at us and gave us weird directions, but we found the castle anyway. We went up a very narrow road that reminded me of the streets in the Hollywood Hills - winding, and narrow with no place to bail out. After the slow climb, we parked and walked down to the castle.
The view from the castle was amazing, and one of the best things was that I had someone to share it with. When I was in Scotland I was traveling solo through the country, which was cool and all, but a trip is so much better when you have someone to take in the sights with. The castle is set high on a hill, looking down onto the city below.
Unfortunately for the view, our stomachs got the best of us. We enjoyed one last good look at the castle and headed towards the nearest bar for a beer and some schnitzel (Claudia had pasta, b/c the FA's memory is like a trapdoor when it comes to food).
With our time in Heidelberg complete, we decided to drive (or better yet Claudia would drive and I would sit) to Munich instead of trying to find a place to stay in town. It was a long and quite boring three hours through snowy hills and rainy, cloudy skies. We were both tired after an early wake up and lots of fresh air, and I was trying to do my best not to fall asleep in the passenger seat. I always feel bad when both people are tired and someone has to do the driving - I feel selfish falling asleep. Weird I guess. I do think I provided some entertainment with my attempts to fend off sleep - I was doing the ol' "fall-asleep-and-then-snap-back-awake-while-pretending-not-to-notice" trick a few times. Glad I can provide some laughter. We did make it to Munich around 18.30 and found our hotel. Claudia narrowly missed being run over by a dude on a bicycle and our reservation had been canceled by Expedia, but they still had room in the hotel and we got a room. Claudia re-parked the car in the hotel's parking lot and we took the extremely smelly elevator (is that cabbage?) to the 4th floor. After the long day we had no energy remaining to go into the city, so it will be a full day of Munich tomorrow!
Where I stayed
A&O City Hostel And Hotel