A Weekend with Relatives in Germany

Trip Start Jan 09, 2007
Trip End May 11, 2007

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Monday, February 12, 2007

After touring the UN here in Vienna on Wednesday, I left for Germany after classes on Thursday. I took a tram to the U-Bahn station, rode for ten stops or so, walked to the Südbahnhof (South Train Station), caught a train to Bratislava, took a bus to the airport, waited for several hours, got on a budget flight to Frankfurt-Hahn (not to be confused with Frankfurt-am-Main, the major German city - this is a small airport an hour or two out), found my uncle waiting for me, and rode with him to his family's home in Niedernhausen-Engenhahn.

I had a great time visiting my aunt, uncle, and cousins (and to the Reckmeyers: thank you yet again - you treated me so well!). We alternated spending time around the house and walking around the bigger cities in the nearby vacinity. While at the house I played with my cousins, continued reading my difficult Austrian novel (which I finally finished on the plane home), ate some delicious food, and watched Before Sunrise, a romance movie set in Vienna (which was the main reason I watched it and also a large part of why I enjoyed it).

Friday, me and my aunt picked up my cousins from school and then went to Wiesbaden. We walked around the streets of the central area and enjoyed the sights and food - most especially, a gummy bear store that we searched for and eventually found. That was fantastic. Saturday we went to my cousin's basketball game and then to Frankfurt. We again walked around the central area a lot, and as the city is Goethe's hometown, there's naturally a museum in his old house, and that was quite enjoyable. We also went to the Kleine Markt, which, despite translating as "small market", was a pretty big indoor market approaching the size of the Naschmarkt here in Vienna. There were a bunch of butchers but also several stands with cheese and vegetables and fruits. I don't know why I didn't pick up some dried apricots or something equally delicious, but it was quite busy. Sunday my uncle took me to Mainz before going to the airport. As Mainz is the home of Gutenberg, naturally they have a museum, so we checked that out, and although it closed soon after we arrived, we did get so see some original Gutenberg bibles and some other interesting things. We also stopped inside the awesome and huge Mainzer Dom (cathedral) and the St. Stephen's Church (featuring stained glass windows by Marc Chagall and a souvenir shop right behind the pews). We explored the central area and the riverside and ate a a Döner restaurant, where I had a falafel (although I must note that the German falafel sandwich is a bit different that the typical Viennese - but I'm not complaining).

So that was a all a fun time. I forgot to mention playing with my relatives' old cat, Elfie, a loving cat if there ever was one. By the time I got back in town and took the Schnellbahn and Straßenbahn back to my dorm, it was pretty late, but today I haven't had classes, so I rested and have just been hanging out. An ideal weekend.
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