1.18.2006

if we took a holiday

now our summer vacation plans are leaning towards europe, specifically germany, prague, and maybe brussels or amsterdam or vienna or somewhere else. james and matt moved to dusseldorf last month, and they've kindly offered to host us for a few days, so now i've got stacks of travel books from the library, and i'm trying to figure out where we can go with very limited german (hello, how much, thank you, we're vegetarian). it seems like we have options; who knew that roughly 1/5 of all germans are vegetarian? while in germany, i may have to search for some of my ancestral ties. like for example, the sichels, who owned a winery in germany that produced (and still does, but for a larger conglomerate) blue nun wine. todd found a bottle (at bargain bank, of all places) and presented it to me for my birthday last month. the wine was... well, not quite a v. sattui, but that's not the point. somehow, this blue bottle of badly fermented wine is a part of me, and that's what matters. or maybe i'll just visit bargain bank and get that warm and fuzzy feeling all in the comforts of home.


2 comments:

James said...

Becca, I can tell you one thing. You don't need to speak German in Germany. Almost EVERYONE speaks English. I am beginning to worry that I will not be able to practice German. If I try to speak German the people become impatient and break into English. It's crazy, but really--almost everyone speak English....and fairly well I might add. So do not worry about not speaking German because here it is kein Problem. (not a problem) Also, there are vegetarian restaurants, Italian, Greek, Spanish, whatever you want. There's even a Mexican restaurant in Old Town or Altstadt--this is the main happening place where everyone goes out. You can bar hop ALL night and still not visit all the bars, clubs & restaurants in this part of town. I love Old Town and when you and Todd visit I am sure you will enjoy it thoroughly. I looked at a new apartment today and it is in a nicer part of town with all kinds of shops, restaurants and bars. It is in walking distance of Old Town. I hope we get this apartment. I will keep you posted. HI TODD!!!!

James said...

By the way, Duesseldorf is very cosmopolitan with people from all over the world. There are hippies, even! Germans are very environmentally concious---more so than America. So no worries about finding a vegetarian restaurant, at least here in Duesseldorf. Maybe Bavaria (southern Germany) it may be harder, but even Bavaria has vegetarian restaurants....