Thursday, November 24, 2005

Es ist sehr kalt!!!

Short post, just to say, I'm still here!

We've been touring Bavaria by car with short day trips from Munich. Tuesday was Neushwanstein Castle and a nice drive through Starnburg and down to Fussen. Yesterday, we went to Oberamergau and also to Castle Lindhof, which in the snow looked like something out of someone's Christmas card.

Col Grundel would have been proud of me. I did not take one of the English guides at Lindhof and listened to the tour guide give the tour in German. Lots of words were unfamilar to me, but I got the general meaning of his talk. As I mentioned earlier, oneof the plusses of this trip is that for a change, I'm the one buying the tickets, reading the menus and talking to the sales clerks. Its nice to be doing that for a change. In Japan its about half and half her ordering and me listening.......

Today was Nyphemberg castle and a good walk around downtown. As we were touring we came across a whole group of Chinese VIP's getting the "special" tour. As we left the castle they came out of another door and were guided to the line of Mercedes limo's with little Chinese flags. I wish I could have scribbled a big sign that said" Independence NOW! for Taiwan." Alas not time. All Chinese big wigs look alike in their black suits. They do!

Back to Frankfurt tomorrow. Zannen desu! These 3 days have been pretty good. And then there is the beer...........

Soon its back to Nihon and the usual fun and games at work. Been reading the news and seeing John Murtha crucified in the press. Sad. Agree or not he has provoked a needed discussion and I think that was his whole intent. The good news is the voters in Johnstown will probably re-elect him. That's better than the gerry-madered district in Pittsburgh I vote absentee in.......

Got to run......

Happy Thansgiving. My Thanksgiving feast was Bratwurst and Weiswurst........somehow not quite the same as turkey and fixin's.

Then again, there is the beer...........

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