This was a trip of firsts: our first time to Europe, our first time in a 747, and our first time in a foreign-speaking country together. Neither of us speak German either! And how was it? Fabulous! We had a wonderful time of it.
My wife and I decided to go to Germany before September 11th. Nevertheless we went and had no fears about terrorists. The airport part of the trip was slow and not much fun however.
Why Germany? We both had always wanted to see the Alps and we found a great deal on Expedia.com for two round trip tickets and 5 nights at a 4-star hotel. Since our world cruise had fizzled earlier this year I really wanted to go to see Europe, especially before March 1st of 2002 when the Euro completely replaces local currencies.
|1||Mon 8th||Seattle to London||British Airways 747|
|2||Tue 9th||London, London to Munich||British Airways 767|
|3||Wed 10th||Munich, Garmisch-Partenkirchen||Regional Train|
|4||Thu 11th||Salzburg, Austria||Regional Train|
|5||Fri 12th||Munich - Shopping & Art||U-Bahn (subway)|
|6||Sat 13th||Munich - Marienplatz||U-Bahn (subway)|
|7||Sun 14th||Munich to London, London to Seattle||British Airways 757, 747|
and here is the Munich flag:
Munich has 1,298,537 people, the third largest city in all of Germany. Munich is the capital of Bavaria, and is the "Silicon Valley" of Germany. It is located at N 48.13°, E 11.55°, has an altitude of 170 feet, and is located about 31 miles north of the Alps. Climate details can be found here.
Here is how Germany households compare in terms of possesions:
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I was quite wrong: I found few things to recommend downtown London, and to my surprise I found Germany to feel like home! I learned that not only did I enjoy visiting Germany, but I could see myself being happy living in Munich!
This trip proved to be quite an education. I want to thank my Father for coming to our home in North Bend to watch our four children so that I could take this special time with my dear wife.
I am sure that there are parts of England and London which I would adore. I am not writing off the whole country on the basis of 4 hours downtown, but what I did not expect was to gain such an great appreciation for Germany. They appreciate and value what I do: cleanliness, quiet trains, fine cars, precision instruments, crisp design, great products, and good food.
I now want to move to Munich and work on great software for cars. If any of the above car manufacturers need a sofware quality assurance manager, send me an email!
To day 1, the start of the trip
Created: 18 Oct 2001 Modified: 24 Oct 2001