09 June 2009

Guten Morgen Deutschland!

We touched down in Frankfurt around 8 this morning, and I felt like a kid in a candy store. A huge weight was lifted from our shoulders now that we have made it to Europe. The jetway was cool, like 18 degrees Celsius, and it was raining! Love it!

We powered through the terminal and made it to the train station where our Eurail passes were validated and we were directed to the platform to get us to Heidelberg. Since we aren't spring chickens anymore we had to spring for the first class passes, but are they worth it! The seats are more comfortable than the trains in Japan, and they gave us CHOCOLATE! Enough said!

We got into town around 9:30 after a quick transfer and got to our hostel. We left our bags and went and explored the city. It is absolutely gorgeous here! Everything is so green and all the buildings are beautiful. We spent a good few hours walking through the old town window shopping. We picked up the most delicious sandwiches from a little bakery, Gundel, and ate in the middle of one of the town squares with a view of the castle.

With full bellies, we had enough energy to hike up to the top for some spectacular views of the city. With admission we were also able to visit the Pharamecy Museum and a giant wine vat. Then we walked through the castle gardens before walking along the river . We stopped at the train station to get reservations for our next stop Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber on Thursday, then made it back to our hostel where we discovered there is a cheap grocery store downstairs, SCORE!

So happy to be here!

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Last Day in Delhi

So yesterday was our last day in Delhi (and in India) We had breakfast at our guesthouse with one of the other guests then headed out to cross off the last few things we wanted to see before we left.

First, we went to the Central Cottage Industries Emporium. It is a HUGE warehouse of all sorts of Indian handicrafts, fabric, furniture, etc all under one roof. They had some amazing pieces but we were able to show some restraint and not part with any of our rupees.

Next, we headed to Khan Market. Our guest house owner recommended the place and it seemed really cool. I found a shop that I absolutely loved, Good Earth, that I may be ordering some stuff from. After walking around for a bit and working up a sweat, we ducked into McDonald's for some McVeggies.

We then headed back to the guesthouse to cool off and relax. After we were well rested we made our way back out to visit Lodi Gardens. We walked around for quite a bit, chased chipmunks and were able to see a lot of the parakeets that call the park home.

Then it was time to head back to the guest house and get cleaned up and packed. We left at around 8 PM and got to the airport, where we were denied entry by security for not printing out a copy of our boarding pass. That forced Charlton to go into total Amazing Race mode to get us into the terminal. He spent a good 20 minutes running everywhere since people were giving him conflicting information. Once inside we still had a few hours before we could even check in, we passed the time by watching some girls try to get their bag under the weight limit by proceeding to put on every article of clothing in their suitcases. After we finally checked in, it was time for me to get felt up one last time by an Indian security guard before camping out at a coffee shop for some disgusting sandwiches before we boarded at 1:55 and said goodbye to India.

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