Home again

Joey and I made it back to Austin late on 22 September.  We had a fabulous trip to The Netherlands and Germany. You can check out some of the early pictures in Joey’s Flickr photostream. He has not yet posted the second half of the trip.  Once everything is up, I will post my favorites here on Etherlimits.

Thank you to everyone who helped us out while we were out of the country!  Katy and Elanor appreciate all the people who looked after them, and send wags and kisses.

Bamburg – September 2003

After our visit in Copenhagen we road the train back to Germany to visit Kerstin in Bamburg.

Kerstin, who attends university in Bamburg, took a couple of days off from school to show us the city, lead our tour of the monastery and cathedral, and introduce us to her new beau Michael.

Kerstin was a wonderful host – I hope she and Michael can come join us in Austin soon.

At the end of our stay in Bamburg LD and I made a tense train trip back to Frankfurt to fly home. Two train delays – one a complete shutdown – meant we had to think on our feet and find a route to Frankfurt airport. We made it, but it was close :-)

Hamburg – August 2003

In the middle of our stay in Copenhagen we all took an overnight trip back to Germany. Søren drove us all down to the ferry terminal and we sailed to Hamburg to visit Mauren’s family. Mauren and Stephan took time out of their busy schedules to be our tour guides in Hamburg. Their young son Felix led our expedition.

Felix is quite a charmer.

We visited the Hamburger-Kunsthalle, explored the waterfront, and saw the ruin of the Church of St. Nikolai.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber – August 2003

rothenburg13 Kerstin met us at the train station in Rothenburg ob der Tauber and stayed to tour with us the couple of days that we were there. After traveling for 22 hours we were ready to take it easy for a bit – so we took a stroll through the city, spent some time catching up with Kerstin, and had a relaxing dinner.

After dinner we took the “Night Watchman’s Tour” of the city and went back to our inn, the “Altfrankische Weinstube” and had a couple of beers with the Rothenburg English Conversation Club.

The three of us spent most of the next day exploring the city. We visited St. Jakobs Lutheran Church, took a walk on the city wall, explored the Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum (Medieval Crime Museum), and even spent some time in the German Christmas Museum at Kathe Wohlfahrt’s Weihnachtsdorf.

When we left Rothenburg, Kerstin drove us to Wurzburg where we ate dinner and took a long walk though town. That evening LD and I began our train trip north to Denmark.

Denmark and Germany – September 2003

LD and I celebrated my graduation with a trip through Denmark and Germany in August and September of 2003.

We visited Ellen and Søren in København (Copenhagen), Kerstin in Bamburg, Maren, Stephan, and Felix in Hamburg, Karen and Gert in Nordjylland, and Nina, Ejnar, and Anna in Aalborg.

We played the part of backpacking, camera toting, Rick Steves guided, train riding tourists the whole way.

I can’t wait to go back.

(Note: The trip began on August 26, so I’m placing this post on that date.)