05.12.2009 - 12.12.2009
So, it would appear that I am only updating about once a week. I guess that's going to have to do for now. It's been a busy week. Still trying to get all the paperwork and BS done. It's still frustrating at times. It would be nice if there was someone that really knew what needed done and when...I'm certain that the whole thing could go a lot smoother!
As much as it pains me, I have decided to leave Aco with Mom for a few extra weeks. The home/apartment owners here have quite the racket going on. I was hoping to move into a different 'temp' apartment soon, so that I could bring Aco out here but it's just not a good decision financially. The cheapest places are wanting around 100euro/night for a place! It's crazy! That's over $4K/month!! Yes, I do get a stipend for housing but I just can't see spending it on housing when I can use it for other things like my car and other fun stuff! So, I'm staying here at the base hotel until I find something permanent. Hopefully, by the beginning of February.
It's amazing how easy it is to meet people here (other Americans). Everyone is friendly and as anxious to have someone to go out with as I am! I only have to be alone if I choose to be.
Had a day-trip to Trier on Saturday with the USO. It was a good time and a very long day. I finally got to try the fabled Gluewein, pronounced "glue-vine". It's wonderful! Hot spiced wine...warms the tummy! I could have indulged to greater lengths but controlled myself.
The Christmas Market in Trier was out of control. The masses of people were nearly too much... A lot like a local fair or community festival at home. Lot's of food stands, crafts and (unlike home) alcohol! The Germans sure know how to have a good time!
A couple of interesting tidbits: The door below has numbers written along the side, these are a tradition. According to the tour guide, when the owners donate to the local charity (I think the orphanage), they will put a date on the door. It's supposed to be good luck! Porta Nigra or "Black Gates" are This is a very distinctive part of Trier's history and if you want more information you can click here. Trier is reported to be the oldest city in Germany..
I can't rotate the pic, so turn you head sideways and you'll see that this particular family has donated every year since 2003!
I also visited the Roman Baths and played with a kids machine and got a little present for Trinity!!
Here are more pictures of the day.
My favorite shot of the day: