“Back with more tomorrow … in German.”
So much for the promise I made on May 1.
The past few days have been a whirlwind of activity: I’ve shot over 2,000 photos, hung out with 12 friends, attended three concerts, gone on two hikes, visited two markets, climbed one cathedral, and slept, oh … about a half hour. Thank God for Nescafé Capuccino.
The last thing I remember is getting on a train at Paris’ Gare de L’Est and despairing at the monkeypile of luggage on top of my red bag.
The view from the TGV (the “train à grande vitesse” — very fast train) was beautiful, if a bit difficult to photograph.
All told, it took only about four hours to leave Paris behind and find myself in Freiburg’s Altstadt — the historic part of town.
But I was especially smitten with the lilac garlands that adorn the Konviktstraße. Seriously: Could this place possibly *be* more picturesque?
I met up with my friend Jan and his girlfriend Sarah for some dinner, and before I knew it we’d shared several more meals and a couple of concerts. But for me, the highlight was returning to Bei Gundi and being reunited with my old gang.
At various points, I feared lives would be lost (including my own, by strangulation). But everyone survived.
I also enjoyed listening to one of Jan’s outdoor concerts. After this particular show, I dubbed him “The Pied Piper of Hamburg.”
I was delighted to discover that my Rosetta Stone German lessons are finally kicking in. I read this sign and immediately understood: “The outdoor beer hall is open.” Waahhooo!
One evening, I hiked to the top of the Schlossberg to watch the sunset. I loved hearing the sounds of merriment from the biergarten grow steadily louder as the light grew dimmer. Die Menschen hier sure do love their bier!
I have lots more to say about Freiburg, but the Münster and the market and the Black Forest will have to wait for another day.
For now, I leave you with a few more photos of this beautiful city. Bis später !