Here I am almost a week into my trip and it’s a perfect time for my first blog entry.
The three flights that brought me here went fairly smoothly. The first flight from
The flight from
I didn’t really follow through on my plan to eat my way around the world. The family lunch last Sunday didn’t have too much food that would classify as Canadian or “typical”
Nina and I spent three days together, which was a bit of a vacation for both of us. She has been studying daily for an important exam in mid April and welcomed a few days away from her books.
Tuesday we did a few small errands, but basically took it easy as I was still tired from my long flight(s). Tuesday night, however, Nina had booked us at one of my favourite restaurants in the world. That’s right, some of the best food I have ever had is in a small German town of 60,000 people.
Maria, an Italian woman who opened a restaurant with her late husband in Herzogenrath, makes the most delicious and authentic Italian food I have had. It is every bit as good as anything I ate in
Wednesday we went to the spa, another indulgence I enjoy when I visit Nina. We spent the afternoon lounging in the different pools of varying temperatures (inside and outside) and even took part in a water aerobics class. One of the highlights at this particular spa is the oval pool with the angled water jets along the side. They create a current that pushes you around the pool; all you have to do is float along. After a few hours of soaking, it was time for an afternoon nap in the relaxation room on reclining deck chairs.
A travelling fair had set up in
We started off the evening with crepes. I had Nuttella and banana which was delicious. After some more walking around we found ourselves in a beer garden where Nina and I each had a grapefruit beer.
They had an enormous BBQ where they grilled large fat steaks and served them in small rolls with onions. The steak dwarfed the roll and after a while it became apparent they were only there as a way to hold the meat without getting your hands dirty.
For desert I had a skewer of fruit that had been dipped in chocolate and left to harden. The array of sweets, pastries and desserts was phenomenal.
Thursday was a fairly low-key day. In the early afternoon we visited the market that sets up in front of Nina’s apartment every Thursday. There you can buy fresh fruits & vegetables, flowers, cheeses, meat & fish and leather goods. The highlight was the lady who makes and sells reibekuchen (large fried shredded potato pancakes). They are like latkes on steroids.
The rest of the day was spent preparing for my time in
Mid-day on Friday I left on the train for
Upon arriving in
As more happens, I will write more… but right now, I have to go drop off a resume from an add I saw.