travel jonesin’ some more

So this is going to be a very travelly Fall for us. We’re looking forward to that after having not traveled pretty much at all since [our roadtrip in May]( “France isn’t such a stuck-up place after all”).

    We’ve got

  • Mikey in the headlightsa visit from Brian and Mikey from K.C. coming up at the end of the this month, in which we’ll do a small roadtrip down to Innsbruck, Austria and continue on to Lake Garda, Italy
  • click it for a big ol' imageNate and Carrie’s wedding to attend in Michigan in October
  • Carolyn and Max’s trip over Thanksgiving week, in which we’ll train it to Salzburg, catch the Sound of Music Tour, train it further on to Vienna, hang out there a couple of nights, and fly back to Nuremberg on AirBerlin.

But that’s not really enough, is it? There are **four** months left in this year, and we’ve only got trips planned for **three** of them. What a *Schande!* Plus, I got a mandate from my boss earlier this month to chop down my overtime hours as much as possible by end the end of the year.

Sounds like the perfect opportunity for a 10-day cruise in December. Check these details out:

Can you think of any reason not to do this? Price seems great, destinations seem nice. The only possible snag might be getting to and from Savona, Italy, but I figure we could train it (overnight) or fly to Genoa or maybe even fly it one way and train it the other way. Seems too good to pass up.

jeez, are those bells ever going to stop?

The helicopter fly-bys were kind of neat, while we could still see them hovering over our apartment (they flew away when we yelled up, “it’s OK, we got married in Michigan!”), but hearing them buzz our neighborhood after dark is really just disconcerting.

Also, I think the churches around here are trying to justify a new bell budget or something. Criminy — you’d think the Pope were visit…oh, wait.

glad sarah dragged my butt out tha house today

I was getting into my usual weekend groove of, well, *working*, when Sarah insisted I accompany her for a stroll outside for some fresh air and people-watching. Turns out there were plenty of people (given the weather and the papal visit on Tuesday, I’m not surprised), but the people-watching wasn’t all that exciting. Still, it was nice to see the Cathedral without its scaffolding on one or the other of the spires. Here are some of my favorites of the pics we snapped:

at the Dult with Tammy, Matthias, Sarah and CliffAlso, cruising Tammy’s blog today, I found her shots of Matthias, Sarah and me at the Regensburger Dult. I thought it was pretty cute shot of everyone but me, but that’s owing as much to the 2nd liter of Weißbier I was about to start as anything else (such as bad luck with the camera).

We miss you Tammy! We really, really, really hope it works out with your visit “home” to Regensburg in November and my sister and Max’s visit the same week such that they can meet your or at least we get the chance to see you and hear how you’re influencing science policy for the rest of the nation.

auf wiedersehen, hr. doktor bosler

We had a great afternoon and evening today with Tammy and Matthias. This was our last visit with Tammy before her move back to the USA early next week. We went to the Dult — it’s kind of a twice-yearly two-week Oktoberfest. Carnival rides, merchants hawking a mix of traditional (among other things, lederhosen outfits for toddlers) and modern (snap-on mobil phone cover kits) wares, and of course food and drink.

Matthias and I were really looking forward to getting a grilled/steamed/smoked trout-on-a-stick. Turns out they don’t serve them on the stick, they just smoke them that way. It was pretty expensive, but there was a lot to be eaten there, so I’d say it was worth it. Here’s Tammy and Matthias with the fish:

The band was instrumental in getting us into the right mood:

Here’s me, living it up after a couple of liters of beer and beer mixed with lemon/lime soda, while the ladies were off hunting down a WC and Matthias appeared very embarrassed to be sitting in the presence of such vocal genius:

This was a pretty mellow, relaxed dulty afternoon. In the evenings it can get much more rowdy. Here’s a clip from last year, when we went after work, much later in the evening:

For those of you paying close attention, Tammy is in fact female and the title of this post refers to her as “Hr. Doktor Bosler.” That’s an inside joke, referring to how often her name gets screwed up in Germany. That’s one of the (admittedly smaller) benefits of living here for me — no one needs to be told how to pronounce my last name!