Kassel ≠ Castle, Castle = Schloss

Trip Start May 28, 2010
Trip End Aug 02, 2010

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Tammy's Apartment

Flag of Germany  , Hesse,
Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tammy and I drove to Kassel, the city she recently moved to, on Wednesday. On the way, we stopped at IKEA. I had never been to an IKEA...and I am proud to say my first visit was in Germany. It was madness. Full of people all looking for new furniture. I felt like I had to buy something...so I got some little spice jars for my new kitchen.

We then drove to her apartment, where we dropped off our things, and then we headed downtown. We wandered downtown, looking at the shopping areas, and then wound up at the Orangerie, where we sat down and had some cake. Yum, cake. Then we headed back to meet her boyfriend, David, who joined us on a walk around the Hercules monument at the top of the hill overlooking Kassel. Then we went out for dinner, where I tried some German schnitzel. It was a bit like a pork tenderloin. But better cooked. I also had some good beer....Hutt Naturtrub, I believe. But with dots over the 'u' in each word. I don't know how to type that.

The next morning, Tammy and I went for a little hike in the woods and found a small stone tower that we unfortunately couldn't climb. Then we looked at a castle underneath the Hercules...it was huge, and had a good art museum inside that we didn't have time for. When I come back in 2012 for the Ironman/Documenta (*cough* parents..) we can go to the art museum! Haha.

Then I hopped on the train to the Stuttgart area to visit Nadine. I love trains...I think Iowa should get some. It would make life so much easier and so much more environmentally friendly. I sat next to a really nice older lady on my first ride...and tried to comfort her when the train became late and she became very upset that she would miss her connection to her destination. Alas, the train was also late enough that I missed my connection further down the line. I wandered the train station looking for a place to change my tickets...as I had no idea how the system functioned. A very kind lady showed me how to work the ticket machine and just print out a new itinerary...no ticket purchasing required! So two more trains later, I arrived in Bempflingen, a small town near Kleinbettlingen, where Nadine lives.
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