Truckstops & Bach
Trip Start Feb 22, 2013
13Trip End Mar 05, 2013
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I love the "truck stops" off of the autobahn. We stopped for a bathroom break half way between Berlin and Leipzig. There is a fee for using public restrooms in Germany, this one was .70 Euro and it was damn worth every cent. First you get in line and put your change in the vending machine and it opens the turnstile and gives you a voucher for .50 Euro to use in the shop. The the attendant directs you to a nice clean stall. Once your done with business and the auto flush happens, the rubber toilet seat spins 360 degrees under a sanitation squeegee! I purchased a nice latte with cocoa sprinkled on top and some Harbo gummies. Sure beats the US version of disgusting bathrooms and Chester Fried Chicken truck stops.
Onto Leipzig. Where the Vicky and I roamed the town starting with the Leipzig Central Station (Leipzig Hauptbahnhof) This is the world's largest railway station when measured by floor area. It has 24 platforms housed in six iron trainsheds; a multi-level concourse with towering stone arches; and a 293 metre-long facade. It handles an average of 120,000 passengers per day.
The Choir had a very special singing opportunity at Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church), most famous as the place where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as a cantor and as the current location of his remains. The acoustics of this building were incredible and the Choir really shined in this special moment. Melanie Malinka is an amazing professional with incredible skill and song choice. You can see the respect and love the kids have for her and they really delivered on this performance. I loved it!
After photo opps and kisses we said goodbye to the kids and boarded the bus. Peter and Eileen were excellent bartenders as we enjoyed bier and chocolate on our next leg of the trip to Dresden!