We made it to London. I felt sorry for the lady from apartments apart waiting for us to arrive, because our plane from Hamburg was delayed more than 30 minutes last night. So she had to wait long after normal business hours for us to arrive. Fortunately, walking to the place from Paddington Station was a snap.
I’m writing from an internet cafe down the street from our apartment. Sarah’s planning our shopping trip (she desperately needs lip balm) prior to our viewing of The Producers this afternoon. After that, our schedule is wide open. I want to take advantage of our three-day travel card and explore. Maybe the Salvador Dali art museum.
If you’re ever in London and bewildered by the public transportation options, step right up to the ticket windows at a big station like Victoria or Paddington and tell them what you need. They’ll very patiently explain the options to you and make a recommendation. Loved that. Much thanks to the guy who helped us last night!
Hamburg is a really neat town. It reminds us a lot of Boston in some ways. It seems a lot more modern than other places we’ve visited (like pretty much most of Bavaria). I suppose that’s due in large part to bombings during World War II, but it seems like there have been pretty destructive fires in large parts of the city not connected to wars. So that’s good. I guess.
We have been very busy taking in the sights and smells:
- a spice museum in the warehouse district out on the canals
- the [St. Michaelis](http://www.st-michaelis.de/) church
- a harbor tour
- a bus tour around the city
- visited countless Christkindlmarktplätze
I’m writing from an internet cafe on our last day here before we head to London. We’re in a part of town where the university is and we’re headed to an art museum next. Then, if we have time before heading out to the airport, we’re headed to [Miniatur Wunderland](http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/) — a museum containing the world’s largest model train setup.
I’ll try to write again from London and I’ll post photos on the Regensblog when we get back.
Hey all, we’re taking a much-needed vacation, so don’t be surprised if you don’t hear from us until after December 20th or so.
Have fun while we’re gone; we’ll drop a line when and where we can.
Whew, what a weekend.
We spent all day Saturday shopping for and cooking wonderful-smelling things (see this post for a hint) including a return to an old favorite, pineapple upside-down cake. Then we put all the perishables into big ol’ bowls and parked them outside on our dwarf balcony (I guess it’s good for something after all, for part of the year at least) until Sunday.
Sunday was a whirlwind of clean-up and prep actitivity. We’d never done dinner for seven (Natasha, Tommy, Michael, Tammy, Matthias, and us) before, so we had to figure out the logistics of the Cobaugh dinner table within the space of our dining room. It worked out OK, I guess, but I think that seven diners is a stretch. We really need a bigger table if we’re going to do dinner for seven again. Six would be OK though.
To top it off, for the first time ever, we had a reasonable place for our guests to hang their coats and hats and scarves and gloves and stuff:
Sarah and I bought that rack of hooks over a year ago and then never installed it. So we took 15 minutes on Sunday afternoon and just did it. We really should have done that a long time ago.
I think Sarah and I were really we impressed that we pulled off the whole meal:
- garlic bread
- pasta and the sauce
- several kinds of red wine (thanks to Tommy and Natasha for bringing a bottle along)
- pineapple upside-down cake
- [*Eiswein*](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_wine “What’s that?”) (from Aldi)
- coffee (French-pressed espresso beans and 12% fat coffee cream make for unusually rich coffee)
It was a ton of work, but it was very satisfying at the end of it all. Maybe there’s hope for us yet. ;-)