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Sunday, October 28th, 2007

It’s Raining – We Must Be in England

Greg Perry at the Tower of London Bridge
Photo by Pat Raabe

Done with our work in Germany, we decided to spend a couple of days in England on the way back. I had this vague plan to check out some family historical roots that my brother turned up, but they turned out to be in Cornwall – pretty far away from London. My good friend, co-worker, and boss (in that order) had decided he wanted to hang with me, so burning up all the time we had to drive out to Cornwall to look at some old buildings (of which we had seen plenty in the last two weeks), seemed kind of lame. We decided to stick to London for our introduction to England, and were well rewarded. Maybe next time.

We bought day passes on the tube, walked around a lot, decided not to pay outrageous prices to go into the Tower of London or Westminster Abbey, and stopped frequently in pubs. We just happened to be in town for the Dolphins-Giants game at Wembley, so when we decided to hit a sports bar hoping to catch the Chargers game, we ran into a bevy of British NFL fans. We got along well, but some well-meaning guys set us on the elusive hunt for the Essex girls.

Posted by Greg as Travel at 20:47 PST

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Friday, October 26th, 2007

Last Day in Germany

My last full day in Germany was spent driving back to Wiesbaden. We had plenty of time and no map, but there was GPS in the rental car, and I figured out how to set it up so that we stayed off the Autobahn. We passed through Würzburg.

Würzburg, Germany
Photo by Greg R. Perry

I really should put a lot of time into writing about how wonderful I found Germany to be, but if I commit myself to writing what it deserves, I’ll never get anything posted. I only really got to see Bavaria, and I got out of the cities very quickly and spent most of my time in the countryside. Everything is so neat, orderly and clean. The food is wonderful – I ate local nearly all the time. The place is dripping with history – I can see how Europeans just laugh when we Americans talk about old.

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Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Munich, Germany

Hofbräuhaus, Munich, Germany
Photo by Greg R. Perry

Sunday. I need to do wash, but what do I end up doing? Driving down to Munich for beer and sausages at the original Hofbräuhaus. WTF, this is my first time in Europe.

Posted by Greg as Travel at 20:19 PST

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Saturday, October 20th, 2007

Prague, Czech Republic

Greg Perry in Prague
Photo by Pat Raabe

It’s the weekend, so of course we had to go take in some sights. After some consideration, we decided to drive to Prague (or Praha), in the Czech Republic. This city is incredibly beautiful. The US dollar goes a long way here, the people are rightly proud of their heritage, the architecture is awesome, nearly everyone speaks English, the food is wonderful, and OMG the beer! I’m now a fan of Pilsner Urquell. But best of all, Prague has way more of its fair share of tall, beautiful women. Imagine walking around and every block you see another Famke Janssen or Milla Jovovich. That’s Prague.

If my company ever decides to open an office here, I’ll be bashing heads to get the assignment. I don’t care how hard it is supposed to be to learn the language, I’d do it.

Current meatspace coordinates: 50.085°, 14.413°

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Posted by Greg as Travel at 20:06 PST

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Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Ansbach, Bavaria, Germany

Ok, I’m going to cheat again a little with timestamps. I have to document my Europe trip with a little order, and I was entirely too busy while it happened to keep up.

Ansbach, Bavaria, Germany
Photo by Greg R. Perry

It took a long time, but I finally got from Kansas City, Missouri, to Frankfurt, Germany, yesterday. Today I drove to Ansbach, in the middle of Bavaria, where I’ll be working for the next two weeks.

Current meatspace coordinates: 49.303°, 10.571°

Ansbach, Germany

Posted by Greg as Travel at 19:49 PST