My feet hurt...seriously

Trip Start Aug 16, 2009
Trip End Sep 30, 2009

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Flag of Germany  , Rhineland-Palatinate,
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

This morning I went to see Burg Eltz, Rick Steves' favorite castle in Europe, so I was excited. But I wasn’t very impressed. Yes, it was breathtakingly beautiful from the outside. But the inside wasn’t that great, and the setting wasn’t nearly as good as Rheinfels Castle yesterday. Plus, I had to take a train 20 minutes to the tiny town of Moselkern, and then walk an hour from there just to get to the castle.

So by the time I made it back to Cochem it was lunchtime and I was kind of mad that I’d spent so much time to go to Burg Eltz. I kind of didn’t feel like doing anything else for the rest of the day, but I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t at least go see Cochem.

So I walked to the main square, which was very pretty with half-timbered buildings. But the city itself felt too big. There were a bunch of retail stores and lots of people walking around. So I walked up to the castle on the hill above town. I took a tour and actually enjoyed this castle a lot better than Burg Eltz. The view of the Mosel from there was amazing, and there was more to see inside. There was a cool mermaid chandelier in one of the rooms, and the legend was that if you touched its belly and made a wish, it would come true (so I did, of course).

After I walked down from the castle, I decided to go experience another form of transportation—the Sesselbahn. It was a chair lift that went to the top of another hill behind Cochem. It was very fun; it had been a very long time since I’ve been on a chairlift. It wasn’t scary, though, because it went so slowly I could barely tell when it went over the towers. I think I could have walked up faster. But the views from the top were amazing. Cochem Castle especially looked really cool.

When I’d had enough of the views, I rode the chairlift back down and then went to find some food. I ended up going to a little food stand and getting a Bratwurst and kartoffelsalat (i.e. potato salad). I was glad I knew the German word for it, although it tasted like American potato salad. The bratwurst was excellent, though. I think I’m going to have to try American bratwurst when I get home, just to make sure I still don’t like it.

When I was done eating I decided to go get a beer at one of the riverside restaurants, so that I could enjoy the view. So I went to a place that was selling Bitburger beer. I’d seen the name all over towns on the Rhine and Mosel, and I really wanted to try it. But it was a little bitter. Hmmm, I wonder if that’s what its name means.

Anyway, I made it back to my room with time left to enjoy my last privacy of the trip. I’ll be staying in hostels for the rest of the trip. And my feet really needed a rest. Not only did I walk for two hours getting to/from Burg Katz, but I spent a lot of time walking around Cochem too. And I think my feet are starting to chronically hurt because of all the walking I’ve been doing. They feel okay during the day, but after I rested in my room for awhile I could barely walk.

Oh well…only one week of sightseeing left before I get to go home!!! I’m actually very excited about that, I’m kind of tired of travelling. But I’ve realized that this trip was really good for me for two reasons:

1.     It gave me something to look forward to as my job at WaMu was ending. Otherwise, I probably would have gotten really depressed and I would have been dreading trying to find a new job.

2.     Now that I’ve been travelling for so long, I’m excited about going home and I’m even excited about looking for a new job! I’m eager to start working again, and that’s a good thing because it will make interviewing a lot easier.

Well, enough of that. Tomorrow I will head to Amsterdam, stopping in Cologne, Germany on the way for a few hours. After Amsterdam is Brussels, then back to Paris, and that’s it! The end is in sight!

Auf Wiedersehen!
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