Heidelberg, Germany

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Heidelberg, Germany — August 2009


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André and Conny, Heidelberg, Germany — August 19, 2009


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My first beer, Heidelberg, Germany — August 19, 2009


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Heidelberg, Germany — August 19, 2009


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Heidelberg, Germany — August 19, 2009


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Heidelberg, Germany — August 19, 2009


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Heidelberg, Germany — August 19, 2009


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Downtown Heidelberg, Germany — August 19, 2009


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Heidelberg, Germany — August 20, 2009


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Heidelberg, Germany — August 20, 2009


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The golden hour, Heidelberg, Germany — August 20, 2009


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Maintaining the magnificent, Heidelberg, Germany — August 20, 2009


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Heidelberg, Germany — August 19, 2009


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A gnome peers from her perch, Heidelberg, Germany — August 19, 2009


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Heidelberg, Germany — August 19, 2009


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Maintaining the magnificent, Heidelberg, Germany — August 19, 2009


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Sunset over Heidelberg, Germany — August 19, 2009


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View from Philosopher’s Walk, Heidelberg, Germany — August 21, 2009


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Heidelberg, Germany — August 21, 2009


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Boating the Neckar, Heidelberg, Germany — August 21, 2009


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Heidelberg, Germany — August 21, 2009


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Heidelberg, Germany — August 21, 2009


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Heidelberg, Germany — August 21, 2009


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Heidelberg, Germany — August 21, 2009


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Picnicking on the bank of the Neckar, Heidelberg, Germany — August 21, 2009


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André and Conny, Heidelberg, Germany — August 21, 2009


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Eduardo and Tamara, Heidelberg, Germany — August 21, 2009


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Dany, Heidelberg, Germany — August 21, 2009


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Heidelberg, Germany — August 2009


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Sunset over the Neckar river, Heidelberg, Germany — August 2009


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Tram ticket, Heidelberg, Germany — August 21, 2009


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Heidelberg, Germany — August 2009


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Paying in Euors, Heidelberg, Germany — August 2009


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Heidelberg, Germany — August 2009


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Recycling, Heidelberg, Germany — August 2009


Germany 2009 Journal

Tuesday, Aug 18 — Flying

I arrive to SFO San Francisco International Airport and check in to United Airlines flight 926. I ask the gate agent if there are any business class seats available and she takes my ticket and upgrades me to window seat 8J. It is my first experience with international business class and I am thrilled beyond belief. My Boeing 777 takes of at 7:09pm.


Wednesday, Aug 19 — Heidelberg

We land at 3:00pm the next day. Andre meets me at the airport and drives me to Heidelberg. We meet up with the rest of the crew and take a boat cruise on the Neckar River. We drink German beer. We have dinner at night at a cafe at the base of the Heidelberg Castle. The ambiance and company are magical.


Sunday, Aug 23 — Cologne

Deutsche BahnWe take the DB Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express from Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof to Köln Hauptbahnhof and arrive in the early afternoon.

When we exit the train station, the views of the gothic Cologne Cathedral are surreal; it is unimaginably massive. Two intricately decorated towers take up most of the front of the church, atop which stand two conical spires. The cathedral is jaw-dropping beautiful. I can only wonder what history this building has seen since its commencement in 1248.

We check into Hilton Cologne, a modern city hotel that is perfectly located and tour around Cologne. In the evening we stop by the IceBAR and I enjoy a martini made with saffron-infused gin.


Tuesday, Aug 25 — Train to Frankfort

Deutsche BahnI buy a ticket for the DB Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express to Frankfort for €60,00. We depart Köln Hauptbahnhof around noon and head southeast to the Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbf at FRA Frankfurt Airport.

I board United Airlines 927 and my Boeing 777 takes off at 5:25pm. We land at SFO San Francisco International Airport at 7:53pm the same day.

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