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Day 6: Paris, Part 3 – Musee d’Orsay

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It’s 10:40am, Dan is still asleep. He didn’t sleep well last night so I’m glad he’s getting some rest now. We had plans to leave by 8am; he needs to get to a Bayer office here in Paris to take care of a computer issue he’s having as he still needs to do some work […]

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Day 5: Paris, Part 2 – In the Neighborhood

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I slept a good 7 hours, got up at 8am. I piddled on the internet over coffee and juice for an hour; Dan was still asleep so I went downstairs to a cafe down the street for some bread. When I got back to the flat, I discovered I had somehow locked myself out even […]

Day 4: Normandy

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We made breakfast out of our market purchases yesterday: bread, cheese, tomatoes, strawberries, and some sausage that’s really more like a jerky but easier to eat. We were out the door by 6:20am, and walked about a mile to a metro stop that took us the rest of the way to our meeting point about […]

Day 3: Paris, Part 1

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We left Cologne early, had a 6:44am train ride to Paris. Dan bought these tickets a long time ago, early enough to get great rates on first class, so we had a nice ride. It came with breakfast, which was nothing fancy but decent and appreciated since it kept us from having to deal with […]

Day 2: Bonn

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Dan slept much better last night, 7 hours; I slept about 6 hours and woke up naturally around 6am. So for now I’d say we’re pretty adjusted to the time change. We left early so he could catch a train to Monheim for work. His train left just before 7am. I took one about 30 […]

Day 1: Cologne

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I slept for 6.5 hours, waking up about 5:30am local time. That’s pretty normal for me in terms of length and time up; although here lately it’s actually kinda sleepin’ in! Yay for vacation. It’s also a nice indicator that my strategy of staying awake as much as I could on the way over helped […]

Departure: Tuesday – Wednesday

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The actual traveling part of traveling is pretty boring. How exciting can 12 hours in a plane be? Well, I guess it could be pretty exciting, in a “Lost” sort of way, but then I probably wouldn’t be here writing about it. We had a 4:40pm flight from SFO to London. Neither of us had […]

Pre-Departure

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Many of you know that Dan works for Bayer. As in aspirin, but in the crop science division. If you look at pesticide products in your local garden shop you’ll see the famous Bayer logo on some of them. Who knew? They are based in Germany with 115,000 employees all over the globe. I’ve lost […]

Home on Saturday, 4/6/2013; Epilogue

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We were pretty happy to be going home. Three weeks is a long time, it will be awhile before we do that again. Especially at the pace we kept. But we liked the pace, so will probably just choose to do less next time. As I learned in early March, three weeks is a long […]

Day 18: Brussels (Friday, April 5, 2013)

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So I ended this trip the way I started it: exploring a foreign city by myself. Dan had to go back to Gent for an all-day work meeting, a compromise move so he didn’t have to extend his stay to attend a session in Mannheim, Germany, the following Tuesday. He was never able to really […]

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