Location: Lake Resthaven, Australia
I promise you German beer, Austrian cakes, going fast on the Autobahn, German sausages ... and two more countries to see on your trip....How could I say no to my friend Nora??
Nora is unqiue. One of the smartest people- book smart, street smart, whatever way you look at it- I know. One of the last times I saw her we drunk beer in my bedroom and walked up to a bald little hill and laid on the road looking at the stars. Even though the trickle of neatly handwritten letters with soft sugary gum dried up I have still pestered Nora via email about my big plans to travel to Europe.
Nora and I meet about ten years ago, she was an exchange student from Germany, I was a highly unsuccessful school captain. We had agreed to meet in London this year. Just recently I got an email from Nora with a polite and delightful proposal...
I was at the station today. There are still cheap offers available which means 88 Euros return Paris - Munich.
Here is my idea: I could by the tickets for you (because it is a German offer) and give them to you in London. You will be in Paris again the 19th? Catch the train 7:30 arriving at Munich at half past two in the afternoon. We will meet there and explore Munich together. In the evening we take the local train to Passau. You stay the night here at my place with a beautiful view on Passau cathedral. Sunday we will have a look at Passau and the sourroundings. Monday we will drive to Salzburg in Austria together and look at where Mozart was born and see the Alps (2 h drive from here). From ther you catch the train to Munich (1h) and back to Paris ... (or Su Salzburg /Mo Passau)'
I've been intrigued by Europe, but Germany in particular. I guess the stories of fighting two world wars against the country might have excited me as a kid, but meeting Nora fixed my idea of Germany as a place I needed to visit and consider myself. Now I will be and I can not wait...
My call for suggestions and ideas about what not to miss had the desired effect. Most people I know have been overseas, particularly to Europe, and I am such a nervous novice. I wanted some insights...
Tegan suggested a strip club while in Paris...How will that go down with Shae?? Well...Dinah was simply elegant in her suggestions: 'You dope! Its your bloody holiday. As if I give a shit about where you are going or what you will do! Im NOT having a wonderful trip to gay Paris.'
From Dean - The only advice I have was:
1 - I know you guys have it all set out but I reckon the best travel you can do is venturing into the unknown. I have made itineries in the past and you kinda know your trip before you get there. So yeh, if you have any spare days leave 'em blank and venture somewhere. Your gana have a sic time none the less.
2 - Make sure we catch up. Always good seeing mates os.
I am a little OCD, and Shae has a mild case of paranoia about the whole trip. You see the wedding was her little job, project. This trip is mine. I've had to be a little over prepared to reassure Shae. Really if she wasn't prepared to travel with me I would be backpacking through South East Asia, India, Chile, Eastern Europe...